Kevin McKidd knows a thing or two about being a father. Not only does the actor have two teenagers from his marriage to Jane Parker, but he also welcomed a baby boy with new wife Arielle Goldrath last May. So basically, this guy knows how to change a diaper or two.
As for McKidd’s character, Dr. Owen Hunt, on Grey’s Anatomy? Well that’s a whole other story. When the show kicks off on a new night this Wednesday, Sept. 26, it seems like all of Hunt’s long-running dreams of fatherhood will finally be fulfilled. Of course, none of them will play out the way he actually pictured them.
Dr. Hunt has always been upfront about his desire to be a dad, first with Dr. Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh), and then with Dr. Amelia Shepherd (Caterina Scorsone). Unfortunately the ladies in his life have never really been on board with the whole parenthood thing, which eventually led Hunt to adopt Leo (and take in his young birth mother Betty, played by Peyton Kennedy), towards the end of last season. The entire situation even helped Hunt and Amelia to reconnect and grow closer, giving Hunt the semblance of a happy family dynamic. And then, right when he was about to exhale, back came Dr. Teddy Altman (Kim Raver) to announce… that she’s pregnant with Owen’s child.
As Garrett Hedlund so wisely sings, “Timing is Everything.”
Of course Owen doesn’t know the news yet, but we suspect he’s about to find out, especially now that Raver is back on the series full-time. According to McKidd, the entire situation is going to be a pretty big wrench for him to contend with when the show returns.
“It means everything to him to be a valid father, but what’s interesting is seeing the circumstances in which this is happening,” McKidd told us. “It’s going to be really complicated, I think. That’s the weird irony of this whole thing, that Owen has dreamed and yearned about being a father for all these years, but he always imagined it would be this picture-perfect postcard, American dream way. That isn’t always what the universe gives you.”
We could think of worse things than having a baby with your best friend, although to Hunt’s point he and Teddy did leave things in a pretty dicey state following their fling in Germany. How else do you describe Hunt basically jumping from Amelia’s bed to Teddy’s, and then telling Teddy all about it?
“Teddy was really mad at him, and said, ‘That’s it. You and I as a friendship is over.’ He was an idiot. He spoke too much. He said too much. And he deserved to be kicked out on the street,” McKidd said. “It’s going to be a rocky road for them for a while.”
Given the fact that there are a million and one reasons to ship Teddy and Owen, we kind of hope that these two can get over themselves sooner rather than later. Doesn’t Owen—one of the most stand-up surgeons at Sloan Memorial—deserve some true happiness already?
After all, someone on this series has got to be all bright and shiny. Especially if the show is indeed nearing the ultimate end.