By: Donna Freydkin
For Camilla Luddington, promoting her role as thorny, prickly doctor Jo Wilson on "Grey's Anatomy" is fairly straightforward. "You can't say anything," she says, of the show's deeply secretive plots.
Well, we do know that Jo has a difficult relationship with titular doc Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and major commitment issues with her beau Dr. Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) on ABC's Thursday night series. And we know it probably all stems from Jo being abandoned by her mom as a kid and having to raise herself.
"I would like, at some point, find out who her mum is. I'd like to meet her mom. I think Jo hurts a lot from that. Maybe it will make it worse. But maybe it will heal some of her own insecurities," she says.
Luddington is just as shocked by the show's developments as fans are. Of particular note, the custody battle between Callie (Sara Ramirez) and Arizona (Jessica Capshaw), which ended in a major loss for Callie. At table reads, says Luddington, the cast is routinely stunned and she promises that the finale will leave jaws on the floor.
Luddington played Catherine Middleton in the 2011 Lifetime TV movie "William & Kate," which involved her learning how to properly curtsy and riding around in a horse and carriage. Now, on "Grey's," she's the yang to Kate's yin. And she's probably the only human out there who can say no to Alex Karev's marriage proposals.
"I've learned to enjoy playing a character that is polarizing. When you join a show, you hope the fans embrace you. There are times when I want to shake her and I want her to be perfect. It's taught me to let go and play someone complicated and not always likable. That's been interesting to me," says Luddington.
Also enjoyable: "In my many hours of free time, I've gotten kind of crafty. I find it creatively fulfilling. I've been oil painting, which I did when I was younger but I stopped," says Luddington.
As for the next season of "Grey's," Luddington knows nothing. "No clue. I don't know any of that. We don't know until the end of the summer who's all coming back," she says.