Kelly McCreary of "Grey's Anatomy" gave fans a behind-the-scenes look on the set of the popular show. Due to the coronavirus, there were a plethora of changes made.
On Monday, Kelly McCreary treated loyal fans of "Grey's Anatomy" to an inside look at the new set design amid the coronavirus pandemic. McCreary, 39, has been on the show since 2005.
Her character is the beloved Dr. Maggie Pierece. McCreary's set tour comes courtesy of "Good Morning America," but was filmed by the actress herself with her iPad. The clip is found below.
THREE COVID TESTS WEEKLY
In the nearly five-minute clip, McCreary begins by sharing visuals of her getting tested for COVID-19. The test is done three times a week for the cast and crew. It is just the start of the safety measures that are in place.
McCreary next walks outside and reveals that she is filming on her iPad, which doubles as her script. This is because they have gone paperless to reduce the number of items being exchanged.
A QUIET HAIR AND MAKEUP
The actress next gets into hair and makeup. There is no talking allowed in the makeup room — to limit the spread of potential COVID-infused germs. The makeup artists are donned in masks.
For her hair, McCreary puts on her mask once more — masks are only removed during filming and makeup — and sits in a station which is separated by plexiglass from other stations.
The stylist has sanitized the chair and covers McCreary in a plastic garb. Elsewhere, McCreary's costume reaches her in a hazmat suit, straight from the dryer. At the day's end, she puts it into a bin so no one has to touch it.
THE ZONED OUT GREEN ROOM
McCreary also showcased a green room where the actors hang out in-between scenes. A sign on the wall reads, "Live. Laugh. Distance." And there are chairs separated into zones for social distancing.
Not only is "Grey's Anatomy" seemingly taking all the steps necessary to have a safe environment for filming, but they will also be addressing the pandemic in the new season.
A portrait of some of the early cast of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" on August 15, 2006 | Photo: Getty Images
THE SHOW'S RESPONSIBILITY
Executive producer Krista Vernoff spoke on it in July. At first, Vernoff said they would not address COVID-19 because she figured people had "fatigued" of the topic. Co-exec producer, Lynne E Litt, convinced her otherwise.
"I feel like our show has an opportunity and a responsibility to tell some of those stories," Vernoff said, referring to the stories they had listened to from real frontline healthcare workers who were in the midst of the crisis.
WHAT VIEWERS CAN EXPECT
The COVID-19 episode will take place weeks into the pandemic and is set to feature footage from back in March when the show cut filming due to the crisis. Filming resumed back in early September.
Earlier this month, Vernoff noted that the "feeling" of the show changed due to the necessary safety measures. Things moved slower, she said. The season premiere will air on November 12.