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Thursday night just isn't the same without an all new episode of Grey's Anatomy. So, while we may have to wait until February for new episodes, we thankfully do not have to wait to chat with Joe Adler about what it's like to portray the always adorable Isaac, working with Denzel Washington, and the likelihood Isaac actually has a shot with Jo.
The Reel Spin: One of the things I love most about Isaac, is that he's a bit quirky and always brings a smile. Is that a quality that was originally written into the character, or is it an element that you were able to incorporate?
Joe Adler: Isaac is definitely a fusion of what I brought in tandem with what the writers have created. I think once they saw me on screen, they had a better idea of who Isaac was, and then the ball rolled from there.
TRS: I particularly enjoyed the scene where Isaac had to sit on a rocking horse instead of a chair at a tense dinner party, because those little bits of humor are needed in particularly heavy scenes. As an actor, do you enjoy being able to lighten the mood?
Adler: As an actor, I'm there to tell whatever part of the story is necessary and written for me. If that means comedic relief during a tense episode, so be it. I do love comedy though, so it's fun to be able to make people smile when given the opportunity.
TRS: Isaac has made no secret of his crush on Jo (Camilla Luddington). Considering her relationship with Alex (Justin Chambers), do you think Isaac has a shot?
Adler: As Isaac, I'd like to think he has a shot. Otherwise all of his awkward small talk is for nothing! I don't think Isaac would "pursue" if he knew he was going to continually get shut down. Isaac has hope, and therefore I do too! But the reality is... Who knows? Perhaps Shonda [Rhimes] does.
TRS: Some of the other interns have already found themselves hooking up with other doctors pretty quickly, if things don't work out with Jo, anyone else you'd like to see Isaac romantically involved with?
Adler: As Joe, I can't really put myself in a position to look at it that way. I try to live in the head/world of Isaac who has put all of his eggs in the Jo basket. Maybe Amelia will mistake me for Owen at some point... That could be funny.
TRS: Denzel Washington recently directed an episode of Grey's Anatomy. What was that experience like? Was the energy different on set that day?
Adler: It was very cool to work with someone like that, whose work I admire so much. Even though he was behind the camera, to be on set with a legend is indescribable. He would walk off set after giving notes, and I'd have a moment where I would look around and think to myself, "wow... That's Denzel f***ing Washington." The energy was very different. I think all the series regulars had a little bit of nerves leading up to that episode.
TRS: To celebrate Grey's Anatomy's 250th episode, the cast recreated famous movie posters in front of a green screen as a challenge to creative fans... my favorite was The Wizard of Oz one in which you made for quite the adorable lion. That had to be fun... which was your favorite? Any other movie posters you wish you guys had been able to recreate?
Adler: Thank you! My favorite was probably The Breakfast Club. That was the first one we did. And as far as wishing I could do a different one... I'm actually pretty content with the ones we did. I feel like we hit all demographics.
TRS: Speaking of the 250th episode, what is it like to be part of a show with so much history and such a loyal fan base?
Adler: It's so, so cool for me. This is a show that will go down as one of the most well known, well respected shows in television history, and to be a small part of that is pretty wild. I'm very thankful. And the fans are incredible. They took us new interns in with open arms, so I can't thank them enough for their love, loyalty, and support.