Everyone remembers Mona, right? Sure we do. She’s the girlfriend Ross (David Schwimmer) had right after he found out that Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) was preggers with his baby. And the audience didn’t like that much. After all, there were plenty of Ross and Rachel fans out there.
Equally important to note? It seemed as though Ross and Mona’s relationship was doomed from the beginning. Every time they made any kind of advance as a couple, something bad happened. Like when Ross gave her a key to his apartment, only to have to change the locks.
Obviously, those two weren’t long for the world, because everyone knew Ross and Rachel were end game. But we never forgot about Mona, nor her portrayer Bonnie Somerville.
Since her time on Friends, Somerville has kept busy, to say the least. She starred in Cashmere Mafia, a show based on a book by Candace Bushnell (Sex and the City), and was in the short-lived Bradley Cooper series Kitchen Confidential. Plus she co-starred with Katherine Heigl in The Ugly Truth.
This week Somerville is back on our TV screens again, only this time she’s a lot closer to that “nurse” we saw during Monica’s Halloween party.
When Code Black premieres on Wednesday night, Somerville is ready to impress us all with her doctor skills as resident Dr. Christa Lorenson. And she’s pretty darn impressive, if we do say so ourselves.
Code Black is a drama series based on a documentary that follows L.A. County, a hospital with one of the busiest emergency rooms in America. The title is code for when there are more patients than there are resources to handle them in the hospital. And there are hundreds of code blacks per year where this show is based.
So kick ass medical skills — fictional or not — are pretty much required given the high pressure and low space.
“It was packed. There were 1,500 people on set at all times,” Somerville told us while in Toronto at the CTV upfronts. “There were doctors, extras, nurses, med techs, crew… people standing above you and then us. It was squished all day!”
Basically, it’s not your typical medical drama.
“I’m a real brain surgeon, I’m actually a brain doctor,” Somerville joked of the training required for the job. “We practiced intubating at home and went through medical boot camp. We were in L.A. County watching people come in. It was pretty intense. One night I saw a motorcycle accident and the guy bled out and died. For me that was too weird. I’m an actress, I didn’t know what was happening. I can’t even look at blood in real life.”
Along with Somerville, the series stars Canadian Benjamin Hollingsworth, former Smash star Raza Jaffrey and Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden. By the end of filming, Somerville said she almost felt like a real doctor… in mindset only.
“We had three, 16-hour days and we all went home and I couldn’t come down. I ended up watching TV until 5:30 in the morning. I don’t know how real doctors do that,” she revealed.
Fair enough. But the real reason we’re digging Somerville’s new character? She actually plays a bit of an older “newbie,” unlike the twenty-somethings we’re used to seeing in these types of roles. Without giving away too many of the pilot’s twists, this is like a second career for her and we’re totally down with that.
“I love that whole storyline, especially for a woman. She has this whole life and then she has a new life,” the actress explains. “Age has nothing to do with it. All of a sudden you have a completely new lease on life and a new career and a new beginning. That’s really cool. It’s not seen very often, so I hope that’s inspiring for people to watch.”
Coloured us inspired, at least.