T.R. Knight, Like George O'Malley, Takes Life in Stride & Carries On

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T.R. Knight, who made headlines Thursday by officially confirming he is gay, is finding that life goes on. And that above all, it's busy.

"I'm trying to fit this into a lunch break," the Grey's Anatomy star said at the beginning of a sit-down interview with Scripps Media. "So let's get going."

It sounds like the right moment to offer an apology for cutting into his eating time, but he's not having it. "No, no, no," he says. "Hit me."

T.R. Knight as George O'Malley
The interview is conducted near the hit show's operating room doors. T.R. Knight (whose given name is Theodore Raymond) who plays the hospital's lovable loser, Dr. George O'Malley, is sitting in a waiting room chair, slightly impatient.

Dressed in his blue scrubs, he invokes the image of George, but he's more focused than the sometimes hapless intern. On that day, when dozens of critics are swarming the set, Knight was one of the in-demand actors for interviews.

The same sort of chaos that sets the tone of the show's hospital has come to life in reality. Journalists are darting from room to room. Some are part of organized tours; others are wandering in and out on their own.

It's a rare day when Grey's Anatomy, one of ABC's crown jewels, opens the door to reporters. Workdays for the cast and crew can turn into 18-hour stretches, giving the actors little time to devote to anything but their scripts. Not only that, but creator Shonda Rhimes is notoriously secretive.

Even when the press is permitted in invited groups, the cast can only be available during a break from shooting.

Knight, 33, who started his stage career in his native Minneapolis before going to New York, is relishing George's growth on this day. In a landscape of "McDreamy" and "McSteamy," the rather-plain George is a man all into himself. And one millions adore unwaveringly.

The character's one-night stand with Meredith was a turning point, he says. She didn't want to continue the relationship, and it shattered him.

"When he apologized to Meredith at the end of the season, he realized what his responsibility was in all of it. After acting in a very childish way, he was growing up," Knight said.

Before landing in primetime, Knight received a Drama Desk nomination for his performance in "Scattergood." Knight says his biggest adjustment was leaving New York's boards for Los Angeles' camera lights.

"George and I are different, but the stages of our lives are the same. Everybody has these stages unless you are shut up in a room somewhere," he says. "Moving from theater to television performance, leaving my friends behind in New York, it was all experiences that changed me."

T.R. Knight and Sandra Oh
He says in general, he tries not to pay attention to the phenomenal success of Grey's Anatomy.

Internet message boards are totally devoted to George, who has emerged as an unlikely sex symbol on the show. But Knight insists that in real life, he has little time to relish the moment.

"I don't mean to say 'Oh, cry for me. I'm successful.' I don't mean that at all," he said. "There's just going to be some insecurities involved with it all. But, as far as I am concerned, life is fine right now.

"I'm just really busy."

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And to add to my last statment..., who cares if he is gay, I STILL LOVE HIM, THE SWEET HEART THAT HE IS.


In Quote of George O' Mally of episode 2.17, "As we know it" "Your Dr. Bailey, you don't hide from a fight, you don't give up, you strive for greatness, you, Dr. Bailey you are a doer. I
know your husbands not here, and I know, there are alot of things going on here we have no control over, but this, this
we can do.......... ok?............. ok.
Let's have this baby!" Hoever would say this, that's a MAN!!, must be a sweet, loving guy, and i love this man... emfasis on love!


George or T.R. is a wonderful actor and i love his charactor on the show; a sweet, charming, loving, cute person. He's got the best charactor on the show and i love him. I just wish that him and Callie should get back together, they are a wonderful couple, they're like night and day, and as they say, "opposites attract" !


Not surprised or interested in T.R.'s sexuality. That doesn't mean his character shouldn't be known as Dr. McCutey. Hope by now this is all resolved and that IW is truly repentent for any irresponsible comments he may have made and trust everyone will be on time from now on. They are all lucky to be on this show and should behave like professionals.


Since everyone loves getting there information from the media and trash magazine, did you also hear that ABC would not be releasing IW. Of course not, because that's positive news. Check out Bang's Anatomy.com. I can't remember which thread its under, but someone copied the statement and put it on the site.


Way to go TR Knight.


I'm sorry i'm from argentina and i didn't know about the national inquirer or whatever... i just read news about my favourite show... i wouldn't like that burke going away... ok i don't know ... i'm sorry if i have some grammar mistakes i speak in spanish... soooo my english is not very good... gracias!


I agree. He's my favorite, too, Jess. But then I guess anyone reading the posts on this website knows that. I hope that more fans are supportive of both actors and the cast of our favorite show remains in tack.


I respect TR's choice, but IW is still my favourite actor in the show. I hope that they can work things out, because GA needs IW. TR's choice was influenced also by the fact that his sexuality wasn't a real secret and until now, there isn't any evidence of what IW said. So I still support IW and if they are going to fire him, I wouldn't watch GA anymore.


Well I read "Ask Kristen" who implied that in the heat of an argument Isaiah said some unkind things to T.R. I frankly don't know of anyone who hasn't. Interestingly she interviewed Patrick Dempsey the day before this altercation and he claimed that the guys had had a great time together on location - bonding in a good way. She then said that we could get the truth of this horrible thing that Isaiah supposedly said on the Naked Truth. So, I followed that link to the Naked Truth and read what was basically nothing new. The reporter claimed Isaiah had made an unkind statement to T.R. and Patrick defended him. The lawyers for Isaiah Washington and the show as well as their reps said the reported slur was not true, but what are they going to say. The writer of the column claimed to have an unnamed source who claimed to be on the set that said the slur was true, but of course anyone can say anything when they are unnamed, so I am still not convinced. It all read like someone trying to sell something and make news rather than anyone trying to be report the facts. It is, however, easy to see why there is so much anger out there even from fans of the show. I respect T.R. for his honesty and I respect Isaiah for his passion if not his aggressiveness. So, I will chose to forget that T.R. is gay, because George isn't, and I will also chose to forget that Isaiah might have a wicked temper, because Preston doesn't. I still like George and will try to believe his love scenes with Callie are realistic (oh wait a minute, I never really thought he was into Callie and it has nothing to do with this article), and I will still love Burke and hope his hand heals and he and Cristina stay together. I sincerely hope that the actors can heal whatever prompted this disagreement and move on and that we can too.


Grey's Anatomy Quotes

Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.