One of the most popular shows on television is Grey’s Anatomy. The show is now in its fourteenth season and has brought in new actors to play interns. One of the actors is Rushi Kota. The Indian American actor has been doing a fabulous job so far and we are looking forward to seeing more of his character, Vik. We had a chance to sit down with Rushi and find out more about him.
How has the experience been working on a show like Grey’s Anatomy so far?
To say it has been incredible would be an understatement because Grey’s has been on for 14 seasons and you can’t really say that about any show on TV right now. I felt doe eyed the first few weeks but everyone has been so very welcoming with open arms. It’s a true testament to the Greys team for doing such a fantastic job and keeping it alive for so long. I mean I just came in Season14 to bask in their glory, really.
And I must say, the women on this show are some of the strongest, fiercest, most talented, and funniest people I’ve ever met, and of course really freaking beautiful! So far I’ve had a chance to work with Ellen, Chandra, Camilla, Caterina, Sara, Kelly and Stephania, and it blows my mind because they are always bringing it, all the time! Watching the pros at work while working with them inspires me to work harder and push further and be a better actor.
Can you tell us a little bit more about your character Vik?
Um, I don’t really know that much more about Vik, except that he uses his looks and wiles to his advantage, and his personality changes on a dime, kind of like a young Alex Carev.
Did you used to follow the show prior to being cast in it?
I did actually. I started from season 1, and was really invested in McDreamy and McSteamy and wondered what Mc I would be. And then I fell off it during college and grad school but now back on it and catching up again.
Behind the scenes, did anyone from the current cast play a prank on the new interns that were casted?
Ha, no one has played any pranks on the new interns. I think everyone is extremely busy with tight schedules and families and other obligations.
Grey’s Anatomy has a lot of intern-resident hookups. Who do you want Vik to hook up with and why?
Dude, like everyone! Everyone is so damn beautiful.
Can you tell us a few fun facts about yourself?
I am really into funky cocktails, like Oaxacan Negroni’s. I like to draw with both hands at the same time so I can finish it faster. I drive like the po po are chasing me because why not.
How do you get into your character Vik? Is there any kind training you have to take for the medical stuff to look realistic?
It depends on so many factors, like the sequence of what scenes are being shot when, the other actors, the director, the situation, internal/external feelings, the business we have to do while we are having the conversation ( maybe operating on someone), so my preparation is always morphing and evolving as I am learning and growing into my own as an actor. For the medical stuff, we do get a chance to sit in on actual surgeries and see how the real doctors do it, but during TV surgeries nurse Linda Klein who’s been on the show since day 1, shows us what and how to do all the medical stuff to make it look as realistic as possible.
Do you think it’s difficult for Indian actors to break into mainstream TV shows nowadays?
This is a tough one. I mean this is pretty much the story of my life. I wish it was as simple as a yes or no answer but it’s more complicated than that. I think the biggest problem for Indian actors or Asian male actors (this is an umbrella for all the minority dudes, who are probably the majority now) in general is that we are not yet seen as leading men, as the love interests, as the protagonist by Hollywood, and so when you do fit that category, it confuses the shit out of people and by people I mean the gatekeepers of La La land. I’ve been in LA for 4 years now and when I look back at who was cast for the role I auditioned for, 97% of the time it was a white actor. It is hard not to think that it’s not about race but at the same time, I can’t let that be my excuse for not working hard to win over the eye of the beholder. I have to just keep doing the work and eventually it’ll pay off. But now is a great time, I do believe the noise right now is louder than ever and peeps like Riz Ahmed, Aziz Ansari, Steven Yuen, Idris Elba are making a serious splash in the pond.