With only a few weeks to go before REMEDY’s season two finale the TV Addict caught up with Dillon Casey, who plays fan favourite Griffin Connor on the series. The charismatic Canadian actor was only too happy to share why he thinks season two is must-watch TV, what’s next for Griff and more.
For the viewers who maybe dropped off watching in season one, what’s your elevator pitch to them to come back and catch up on season two?
I think that the second season is really great, high-quality television, really raw. We get to see a lot of the backstory of the characters and why they end up the way they end up. I’m really attached to the character and I really want people to see it. I like the show. I love the cast. I love the writers. Remedy in its second season is hard-hitting, nail-biting drama with a family twist.
We also have Niall Matter who’s really hot. He’s a really sexy doctor, so my whole reason for people coming back would be to watch Niall Matter be sexy.
Playing an addict – one who’s recovering but also one who is now spiraling out – is a meaty role for an actor. How do you shoulder the responsibility of telling that story in a real way, where it does justice to the very real problem addicts face?
I just want to represent the character. It’s more important: what he’s going through as a person and why he’s doing the drugs. My job isn’t to be a role model; it’s not to set an example for kids. My job is to act, to be the character and connect with it the best way that I can.
Why do you think fans have connected with – and rooted for – Griffin even when he’s screwing everything up?
I think people have connected with the character because the journey’s been real. The writers did a great job of it. We’re not trying to show that all addicts are this way. I never approach is as what they’re labelled as, therefore they should act this way. I approach them as a human being first, and then, if they happen to be addicted to drugs, they’re still the person they are. They’re not just some idea of an addict. I think that what people are relating to is that Griffin is a really real person. He’s a good guy, and this could happen to anyone.
On the TV series “Remedy,” not everyone is cut out for the family business.
Last season, the freshman drama found medical school dropout and recovering drug addict Griffin Conner (Dillon Casey) spiralling out of control. To get his life back on track, he accepted a porter job at Bethune General Hospital, where his father Allen (Enrico Colantoni) acted as Chief of Staff. To complicate matters, his sisters Mel (Sara Canning) and Sandy (Sarah Allen) are a general surgeon and ICU nurse there, respectively. The show put the Conner clan, as well as the health care profession hierarchy, under a microscope as the family coped with their new strained set of circumstances.
When “Remedy” kicks off Season 2, it’s nine months later and the Conners have moved on with their lives. However, an explosion in the hospital immediately throws them off balance … and that’s just the beginning. Personal demons resurface. Charming new Dr. Peter Cutler (Niall Matter) causes ripples with Allen and Mel. Occupations shift. There’s a lot going on this year.
On the set of “Remedy” in November, 2014, Canning, Casey, Colantoni, Matter and executive producer Greg Spottiswood spoke to The Huffington Post Canada about the new season, dysfunctional family dynamics, going to dark places, babies and sex.
HuffPost Canada: What are some of the themes you wanted to explore this season? Greg Spottiswood: The title we gave the season in the writers’ room is “The Discomfort Zone.” We wanted to put every character in a position where they’re uncomfortable and see how they react. The season premiere is designed to put everybody in an uncomfortable situation that will take some time for them to resolve.
One of the other themes of the show this season is “order vs. chaos.” Every character is either starting in order and descending into chaos, or starting in chaos and finding order. Griffin is a character who starts with order and ends in chaos.
What has this nine-month time jump allowed the writers to do story-wise? Enrico Colantoni: The writers can introduce a baby. We get the whole pregnancy issue out of the way. We see these people where their lives are. Sometimes it gets a little tedious going, “OK, what happens the next day?” but here we are. We can talk about what happened between then and now. As for the Brian character, it’s easier to deal with a character that isn’t around anymore and not make him look like a deadbeat dad. We justify why he had to leave and it wasn’t just right away.
How does the Season 2 premiere immediately hit full throttle? Dillon Casey: Right off the bat, the first episode has an explosion down in the basement where all the porters work. Griffin is immediately thrown into position to be the hero. Last year, he started as a victim. This year, he’s on the other side of it. He has medical knowledge and he’s surrounded by people who are critically injured. He needs to be the doctor. People immediately see the talent that he as. The problem with Griffin is he has the knowledge to do these things, but he is not ready mentally to deal with them.
Actor says shooting Season 2 of the Global medical drama, which returns March 23, was intense.
Dillon Casey says he brings some of himself to his role as Griffin Conner on Global TV’s Remedy, which returns March 23.
Global’s medical drama Remedy returns for Season 2, once again looking at a family of medical practitioners navigating their way through the intensely hierarchical world of the health-care system.
The show has been likened to Downton Abbey in a hospital, as doctors, nurses and medics try to survive and thrive in the complex class system of Bethune Hospital.
The series, created by Greg Spottiswood (King) looks at the Conner family: dad Allen (Flashpoint’s Enrico Colantoni) is the acting chief of staff, whose two daughters, Melissa and Sandy (Sara Canning from The Vampire Diaries and Sarah Allen from Being Human), also work at the hospital, as well as son Griffin (Dillon Casey of Nikita).
Remedy, premiering Monday at 9 p.m. on Global, is shot in Toronto as well as at Hamilton’s Juravinski Hospital, which stands in as the fictional Bethune General.
Casey’s standout role as an anguished, conflicted med school dropout earned him his first Canadian Screen Award nomination.
Before Remedy, most fans knew Casey as former Navy Seal Sean Pierce on Nikita, or as a comedic actor from his YouTube shorts about living in Los Angeles. His first major role was as hunky hockey player Trevor Lemonde in the short-lived CBC series MVP.
The Star talked to Casey about Remedy.
In Season 1, Griffin was the family failure. Now it looks like in Season 2 he’s emerging into his own.
As we start the new season Griffin has his stuff together better than anyone else. He’s back on track. He’s going to narcotics anonymous meetings. No one is worried about the old Grif. Everyone else is trying to figure out their own stuff, but he seems OK.
From the beginning we see Griffin snapping into action. He has to step up and use medical training. So everyone sees his potential and see how talented he is. But it won’t all be roses. At one point in the season there’s a very crazy turning point. It may or may not send Griffin on a downward spiral where he is losing it. It’s a very specific moment.
There are a lot of medical shows out there. Why is this one making an impact? You’ve got nearly a million people watching you every week.
First of all, I think the writing is very honest. It doesn’t try to create all these made-for-TV moments. It’s not quite a soap opera set in a hospital. But it’s also very intense and dramatic. I think at times it could be a very real glimpse into someone’s life. It’s life packed into 40 minutes with the boring parts cut off.
“Remedy” returns with a bang, on Monday, March 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Global, and only ET Canada was invited to the set of the popular medical drama.
“Season two literally starts off with a big bang,” star Dillon Casey tells us. The actor also dishes on his season two storyarch, saying “he’s very much overcompensating for his past mistakes.”
Griffin Conner is getting his life on track and moving in with girlfriend Zoe, played by Genelle Williams. The Toronto-born actress says the on-screen relationship is a breath of fresh air.
“It’s a cute little dynamic because they both sort of get each other,” she says. “They were lone wolves who found each other and now they’re together and they’re working out each other’s demons together.”
Griffin isn’t the only family member whose story includes a little drama, no longer Chief of Staff, Dr. Allen Conner, played by Enrico Colantoni is at a crossroads.
“I love seeing Allen in a situation where he’s not in control,” Colantoni says.
Something he’s not a fan of? Being drenched in cold water: “It was awful. In the five takes I was like the biggest SOB actor and I’m not, I think I’m a happy-go-lucky guy except when I’m cold and miserable, I’m like ‘This sucks, I’m not doing this, I want a wet suit.'”
Dillon Casey is a Canadian-American actor. He was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and raised in Oakville, Ontario. His father, Richard, is an urologist and his mother, Patrice, is an image consultant. He has 2 brothers Conor and Lyndon and one sister Taryn. Read More..
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