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The Station 19 Cast Reflects on Seven Seasons of Fighting Fires, Friendship, Diversity, and More

Jaina Lee Ortiz, Jason George, and more talk returning to Grey's Anatomy and what they stole from set

Max Gao
Barrett Doss, Jay Hayden, Alberto Frezza, Grey Damon, Jason George, Okieriete Onaodowan, Danielle Savre, Miguel Sandoval, Jaina Lee Ortiz, Station 19

Barrett Doss, Jay Hayden, Alberto Frezza, Grey Damon, Jason George, Okieriete Onaodowan, Danielle Savre, Miguel Sandoval, Jaina Lee Ortiz, Station 19

Ed Herrera, ABC

In March 2018, more than five years after the end of Private Practice, Grey's Anatomy aired a backdoor pilot for a second spinoff series called Station 19, introducing viewers of the venerable ABC medical drama to Andy Herrera (Jaina Lee Ortiz), the firefighting equivalent of Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo).

Although the episode attempted to draw parallels between Meredith and Andy's similar trajectories — Meredith was an attending surgeon at the hospital where her late mother had worked, while Andy, a firefighting lieutenant, was trying to follow in the footsteps of her demanding father — the connective tissue between the two shows was Dr. Benjamin Warren (Jason Winston George), the husband of Dr. Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson). Introduced as an anesthesiologist on Grey's, Ben decided to redo his residency to become a surgeon, only to change careers once more by joining the Seattle Fire Department. While he was able to put his medical training to good use as a paramedic, Ben was forced to start again at the bottom of the ladder.

Seven seasons and 105 episodes later, Ben has found a second home with his close-knit team of firefighters. During that time, the show has been lauded for its exploration of weighty social issues — systemic and institutional racism, mental health, women's reproductive rights, the aftereffects of abuse and sexual assault — and was seemingly on course to run for as long as the mothership series was continuing to make new seasons. But with Thursday's episode, Station 19 has put out its final fire on ABC, bidding an emotional farewell while giving fans a glimpse of the characters' futures.

The cancellation of Station 19, announced just three days into the production of what would become the final season, came as a shock to the cast and crew, who are admittedly still processing the end of the longest chapter of their careers. Ask anyone who worked on the show, and they will tell you that the only thing they'll miss more than playing in the Grey's universe is the people they've worked with for the last seven years. "My heart hurts knowing I won't be walking into the stages hugging each and every one of them as we begin another long day of filming," says Danielle Savre, who played type-A lieutenant (and former captain) Maya Bishop.

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Here, in a TV Guide exclusive, the cast members who have been part of the show from the very beginning discuss their favorite episodes, the legacy and evolution of their characters, what they stole from the set, and why they are both ready to move on and leaving the door open to a potential return to the Grey's universe.

Jaina Lee Ortiz, Ellen Pompeo, Station 19

Jaina Lee Ortiz, Ellen Pompeo, Station 19

Mitch Haaseth, ABC

What is your first memory of working on Station 19?

Jaina Lee Ortiz (Andy Herrera): I remember being on set with Ellen during the crossover and being really impressed with the way she took control over the scene. If there was a part that she didn't feel was organic and truthful, she stood up for it — and I learned a lot from that moment. I learned to stand up for myself as an actor and speak up for my choices.

I found a way to connect with female firefighters and eventually take the physical test before the show went into production, and that was able to give me a pretty good taste of what the show would be like. To say that it was physically demanding is to say the least, because shooting the show in July, August, and September is not fun. Yes, we get to sweat and detox, but wow, it is really no joke. There's people who love the turnout gear — not me! Every day I would be like, Wow, people actually do this and love it. I'm the one running away from a burning building, and people are running into it. They are real superheroes. It's another reminder for how much we take first responders for granted.

Grey Damon (Jack Gibson): I just remember Jaina being wonderfully Jaina. Our first day working together, I'm pretty sure we had to make out like we've been dating for six months, so that was wild.

Danielle Savre (Maya Bishop): [I remember] getting a crash course in firefighting, learning how to put on the turnouts in under a minute, and discovering what a halligan was and how to use it. I'll never forget accidentally putting my helmet on backwards for a scene. I never made that mistake again.

Barrett Doss (Victoria "Vic" Hughes): My first significant memory was sitting in the aid car with Jay on our first day shooting up in Seattle. This season, we've had a lot of practical rain, which has been fun to play with. But I feel like that was the first and last time it rained when we were actually shooting the show. For a Seattle show, that's pretty unique. But we were shooting the scene where Dean [played by Okieriete Onaodowan] finds the puppy — that very first call from the pilot — and we were waiting in the aid car for what felt like hours, and I would soon learn that that's most of what the job is. [Laughs.]

Jay Hayden (Travis Montgomery): They were like, "Jay and Barrett, we're going to shoot you guys getting out of the aid car in a second. We're just going to let the rain pass real quick, and then we're going to shoot this. Why don't you guys just hang out in the aid car?" We said, "Sure." Barrett and I sat in the aid car for about an hour and a half as it was pouring rain, and we became actual, real friends sitting there. And by the time we got a chance to start shooting that scene that day in Seattle, it was already so naturally perfect. I think it influenced our [onscreen] relationship a ton.

Barrett is one of the most talented actors that I've ever worked with, and I am just so over the moon to have had her as a scene partner. I had only gone in and read one time before being cast as Travis, and I remember word got to me of the final choices for Vic, and I remember looking her up and being like, "Oh, this is the girl that's doing Groundhogs Day on Broadway. She's awesome. Please, God, let it be her." And she got it! She and I are very close friends, and I think she's basically going to be family to me for the rest of my life.

We met that day in the aid car, and then we had a day off the next day, and she and I spent the day walking around Seattle fantasizing about where Vic and Travis would live in this city to start imagining and creating backstory together. We had a very brother-sister vibe already, so that was immediately injected into the show from day one.

Jason George, Station 19

Jason George, Station 19

Mitch Haaseth, ABC

How has your character evolved in the time that you've played them, and what has been the biggest change in the way that you've approached playing them after all this time?

Jason Winston George (Dr. Benjamin "Ben" Warren): Originally, Ben was an anesthesiologist and then they made him a [surgical] student that's in search of something. For me, he was inspired by Bailey. I think that this phenomenal woman came into his life, and it's not an accident that shortly after that, he wants to get serious about medicine again instead of just being the gas man who shows up, knocks the patient out, collects his check, and rolls out. He was a "cut first, ask questions later" kind of surgical resident. They had him almost being an action junkie.

It was funny because before I even knew there was a thing called Station 19 in the works, in the [Season 13] finale [of Grey's], a criminal was loose in the hospital, the hospital was set on fire, and then I discovered in the same episode that [Ben] is deathly afraid of fire, but he will not let his friend [Stephanie, played by Jerrika Hinton] die. So he grabs a firefighter's coat and runs into the building. I knew that [Station 19 creator and former Grey's producer] Stacy McKee wrote that episode, but I wasn't really aware of the fact that she was writing this other spinoff.

The funny part is they eventually pulled some of my own personal adrenaline junkie things into the storyline to merge how Ben gets this sense of responsibility [with] being this adrenaline junkie. Those two things come from the same origin — Ben was a kid doing dumb things that teenagers do, and he was partially responsible for a friend of his being in a vegetative state and hospitalized forever. [On the surface] Ben is an action junkie, but he's an action junkie with a purpose. He's an action junkie because he will do whatever it takes to protect the people he cares about and even people he doesn't even know. I was just really impressed with that and laughing that they stole things from my own life, because I was the kid who would ride on the hood of cars at 40 miles an hour. [Laughs.]

Ortiz: In the beginning, Andy had this boxed view on life: You have to follow these steps and get to this place. I think finding out her mom was still alive was a huge turning point, and she was able to take control of it and say, "Oh, actually, this isn't the way it's supposed to go. I am the driver of my own car, and I'm going to write my own story." I think we've seen a lot of emotional maturity and growth from her. She has always been this empathetic, compassionate person that puts her heart in everything with her patients and her team. But I feel like she's the leader that she's always wanted to be.

I truly do feel that there's a part of us personally that we pour into our characters. I think I have less fear and more trust in the way I play her now, if that makes sense. [The fact that] she is more confident has allowed me to feel more confident, so maybe that transfer of her character growth has influenced my personal growth. But I definitely left her with a badge of honor.

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Damon: I think Jack has evolved to just try to show himself more self-love and be more conscientious of how to go about relationships.

Savre: My goal was not to approach [Maya] differently as she evolved in all the ways she did, but to commit to her truth at any given time, as flawed as that truth may have been. I made sure never to shy away from the ugly dirty side of her actions and to believe that she would eventually make amends and redeem herself. It's been an imperative journey, rooted in truth and heart. Through [falling in love with Stefania Spampinato's] Carina, Maya was able to learn what real love was for the first time.

Doss: For me, Vic's journey has always been about growing up and learning to deal with her issues as an adult. When we started with her, she always felt like everyone's little sister who took great joy in teasing, hazing and torturing Ben, because there was someone newer than her. But of course, he was an older man, and it's a totally different dynamic. By the end of Season 7, we get to see the woman that she's become, so I'm really proud of that.

I think this season in particular has been a real, huge growth period for her because it's all kind of come crashing down, and she's finally feeling the weight of the losses that she's experienced in her life. She basically had to raise herself because her parents weren't really present; she was sort of a latchkey kid. It feels like a full-circle moment when you realize where she came from to where she is now — she's a person who can take life and herself seriously. Playing against some of the silliness that we started with has been a real challenge, but also a real pleasure because [the silliness] is always going to be there. But I think [I was] allowing myself to build in more layers in who she is based on all of the stuff we've seen her experience.

Hayden: What I played from the jump with Travis was closed-down, closed-off, because of a survival instinct to get through pain. I think in life, sometimes, when things hurt too much, the easiest way to deal with it is to seal it off in your heart and mind and pretend it doesn't exist. You don't participate or act in a way where you could get hurt again in that similar fashion. I believe that's where we meet Travis. And somehow, this loudmouth girl Vic found her way into his heart, and now he can't get her out of there, so his only choice is to make sure nothing ever happens to her. And through that [relationship], she helps him to look at his own pain, deal with his father, and come back to the idea of love and relationships again, which he had basically decided to be done with. 

It's been an absolute honor [to play an openly gay and Asian character]. At one point, [director and executive producer] Paris Barclay said to me [during our first meeting about Station 19]: "I have to ask you, Jay. This character is gay. How do you feel about that?" And I said, "That's more of a question for you guys. It would be an honor for me to tell this story, but that's up to you guys." And he said, "I'm good with it." And I said, "Okay, great. I'm great with it." And it really has been an honor to represent the LGBTQ+ community and also to represent an Asian character.

I'm half-Asian. My mom's Korean; I was brought up as if I was Korean. I grew up in Vermont. We were the only Asian family in the whole town. I didn't feel like I was half-Korean until I came out to L.A., and then people were like, "Well, you're not really Asian." And I'd be like, "Wait, what?" Because I was treated like that, I didn't really get a lot of opportunities early in my career to represent Asian people. I wasn't allowed in the club, if you wanted me to be totally blunt, so this role has meant so much to me. All of the writers of our show did such an amazing job of making him a complete character and not just the stereotypical side Asian character. He had tough luck in love, he had pain, he had regret, he had to work through stuff, he loved again, he made mistakes in love.

Merle Dandridge and Jaina Lee Ortiz, Station 19

Merle Dandridge and Jaina Lee Ortiz, Station 19

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What is your favorite episode of the entire series?

Savre: My directorial debut, "Dirty Laundry" [Season 6, Episode 16], will forever be a pivotal point in my life and career and, therefore, a favorite memory I will never forget and always be grateful for.

Damon: ["The Road You Didn't Take," Season 5, Episode 17] when Jack meets his brother for the first time on that little road trip with Andy. I thought it was really sweet how she was so there for him in this new and profoundly huge moment, [and] how everyone navigated those scenes and made every effort to portray the storyline in a way that felt most authentic to the situation.

George: "Blue Fire," which is literally the second episode of the show. A blue fire burns so hot that you really can't see it until you change the lighting in a certain way, until you kill the lights. Ben is the new guy, but he is not new to the world, and he's got a lot of skills on top of it. So all of that came into play when he was new to firefighting, but at the same time, his skills as a doctor really helped save the day — and he almost died! Barrett and I laughed because we had some great "We're going to die!" moments, and that was one of the first of the show for Ben.

It was funny watching fans' reactions online because they see two people, a man and a woman, in an intense situation, which bonds them in a way, and people immediately started saying, "[Vic] better not try and steal Bailey's man." It was hilarious. If two characters are allowed to be attracted to each other, if your sexual orientation points in the direction of the other person, and you're in an intense situation, the assumption is that there will be feelings. I think that may have been the writers' intention at one point in time, but what was fun was watching them pivot and kind of go, "You know what? It's a deep bond, but it doesn't automatically have to be romantic."

Ortiz: I have two — the sexual assault episode in Season 5, and "Trouble Man" [Season 7, Episode 4], directed by Stefania [Spampinato]. The tone of both of those episodes match the kind of work that I love to do. It was definitely way more serious and it had high stakes, and there was a lot of conflict, which I'm drawn to. I want to see us fail. I want to see us struggle because, ultimately, that makes us way more interesting to watch. I know it sounds very dark, but it's so interesting to me.

Doss: I have two. One was definitely during Season 2 — the Ripley storyline [when he died]. It was one of Vic's first big arcs on the show. Because I love working with other actors, connecting with co-stars is really important to me. Brett Tucker and I really got along well and understood each other as actors, so it was an absolute pleasure to work with him. Even though it ended tragically, I think it became this seminal moment in the show where suddenly, no one was too important to go.

My [other] favorite episode was probably Episode 9 of Season 4 ["No One Is Alone"]. Travis and Vic are treating the two best friends who are addicts. To me, the great love story for my character on this show is between Vic and Travis. It's a different type of love story; it's a friendship, but it's a relationship that we've gotten to see evolve and change over the course of the seven seasons. For me, that episode in particular was really representative of who they are to each other and what they mean to each other. Jay is my buddy, my best friend on the show. We have so much fun together on and off screen, so it was a real joy to work with him on that.

Hayden: [My favorite] was the episode where Travis and Vic find the boyfriend and the girlfriend that are addicts together. They're trying to help these two people, but they start talking about each other and their relationships. Vic really calls Travis out, and he pulls the aid car over on the side of the road, and then they really get into it and lay it all out on the line with each other like only the very best of friends can do. People that really love each other really know how to fight with each other. I really loved the writing in that episode, and Stacey K. Black really directed that particular scene really well; she set it up almost like a play. We pulled over to the side, and we paced the sidewalk and yelled at each other and said and did all the things.

Legacy is a tricky thing to talk about, because it usually becomes clearer the longer a show has been off the air, but what do you hope the legacy of Station 19 will be?

Savre: That it continues to be streamed by the future generations and remains a safe place for those that see themselves in its characters and storylines. A show that empowers and inspires those that watch it.

George: I think the thing that we have in common with Grey's — and it is very much the same DNA — is that you're stronger together. Family can be blood, but family can be chosen. And when you find your people, you take care of them and they'll take care of you. A lot of jokes get made on the show about how other stations would call us the Kumbaya team, that you've got one of everything. I think a point we were able to make even more [strongly] than Grey's is that our diversity is our strength.

Everybody's got a different background, and that might make them think outside the box and create things that I really want to see in the real world. The [Physician Response Team] would be a beautiful thing [to have in the world] — to be able to do something between what EMTs can do and what surgeons can do to help try and save lives. I think Crisis One should be brought into more emergency services. With all respect to the first responders that are cops, they're [usually] like, "We don't need to be at mental health calls. We'd rather not be doing that." I'm always like, "Why don't I see a Crisis One in the real world?" If there's even a hint that it's a mental health issue, they should be first on the scene to assess [the situation].

Ortiz: We are one of the most diverse shows out there, so I want the legacy of the show to be dedicated to people of color and first responders. To be able to tell their stories and give a spotlight to that community of people has really sent a powerful message to our audience, and I hope that they can take away the feeling of being inspired and hopeful for their community and their dreams. I don't know if it's changed, but I think only 7% of females are in the fire department in all of the United States, so I think this show has definitely left a lot of young girls and young women feeling inspired to join the Fire Academy, which is awesome.

Damon: It was really cool to read letters from fans of the show talking about how they were inspired to become first responders, so I hope that keeps happening.

Hayden: This family of firefighters represents the way that we want the world to be — a true family that never judged each other by race, color, creed, sex, gender. We judged each other by who has each other's backs when we're risking our lives to save people, who loved each other when things were easy, hard, and impossible. I feel like the characters that were written on Station 19 represent the best of us.

Doss: I think that the idea of representation and diversity is so important, but not only did the show represent that, but the cast and the crew all represented that spirit of love and connection and representation for each other. We allowed ourselves to find that family — at least I felt like I did with these people. The fans are brought together through the characters and relationships they love. But I feel very lucky that we also represent that as a cast [in real life] — it's about finding connection and finding your family. 

Jonathan Bennett and Jay Hayden, Station 19

Jonathan Bennett and Jay Hayden, Station 19


Where do you see your character in five-to-10 years?

Hayden: Probably on the Station 19 spinoff, Crisis One, starring Barrett Doss and Jay Hayden. [Laughs.] Yeah, you heard me, Shonda [Rhimes]. Let's do it. 

I think that Travis is finally ready inside of himself for love, to be loved, and to give love, so I think he's ready for a deep, long-term relationship and to be able to sustain that relationship. I also believe that his life and future will always include Vic Hughes in whatever facet that is, whether it's firefighting or not firefighting. 

Doss: I hope that Vic will be really enjoying her life, and I think she will have found something that is very satisfying to her, whether that's a relationship or just living with Travis in another apartment. [Laughs.] I could see her doing both of those things and also finding fulfillment in her work. I think that Vic has a lot of very marketable skills, let's say. [Smiles knowingly, for those who have watched the finale.]

Ortiz: I don't even know where I see myself in five-to-10 years. [Laughs.] I can't even answer that for Andy. I see her happy in all facets of her life, but that would be boring, so maybe she's got a lot of fires to put out. Maybe she has more than one job. Maybe she is now training these new up-and-coming female firefighters. Maybe I see her with a family, but no kids — definitely no kids. I don't want kids, so I'm just going to project that onto Andy's life. [Laughs.]

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Damon: I see Jack developing more charity organizations that help with head trauma and PTSD, as well as orphanages being redesigned to protect children having gone through that kind of system and not be put in situations like Jack had been in. I also see him adopting two children with a wonderful woman who will be by his side and can give him the support and stability he never had. He will have worked through a lot of his issues and is able to treat himself better, which is what was needed to grow and maintain the skills to have the family he always longed for. Jack would use his EMT prowess and travel around the world to help others living in more dire conditions. He would meet the two children that reminded him so very much of his foster brother and sister, and they would end up being the two children Jack adopts.

Savre: [I see Maya] as captain of Station 19, married to Carina with a house full of children running around. And with some forgiveness, change and hope, maybe her brother will eventually be able to be a part of their family as well.

George: I think Ben's had a few times where his mortality has stared him in the face, and he's good with it as long as it's saving a life, as long as it's worth it. But he's also got more responsibilities now than he's ever had — little Pru, Joey. I think that there's a lot of ways to do good in the world, and Ben has a broad skill set. So I think Ben would be the kind of guy that, knock on wood — this is where I like to believe that he and I overlap — we'll be trying to put something positive and do something good in the world until our last breath.

Is there something that you still wish you could have explored further with your character, if you and the writers had been given more time?

Damon: I wish we had the opportunity to explore Jack's physical and emotional traumas more.

Doss: I would've liked to see Vic explore other friendships and relationships with other folks in the station. I would've liked to have seen her working on Crisis One with Beckett [played by Josh Randall]. There are some relationships that I would love to just see where they went and what kind of friendship they could have. There's Maya, Carina, and all these characters that we haven't seen Vic with recently, and I miss them. 

Savre: I would have loved to have delved into the struggles of balancing pregnancy, motherhood and career, specifically while in a physical and male dominated industry like firefighting. I also would have loved to have seen the clashing parenting styles of Maya and Carina. Let the comedy ensue!

Ortiz: I think the writers did such a beautiful job at putting Andy right where she needs to be. If it were my choice, I'd have her not jump around the firehouse [and sleep with other firefighters], if you know what I mean. But hey, we got to make some drama TV! So, yeah, I think the writers really did her justice, especially towards the end.

Hayden: [The writers] really took the character story so much farther than I ever first imagined it. It's hard to critique what they got to do and what they didn't, so I'm going to say I don't find myself yearning for a place in Travis's story that we never got to. I feel like we did an excellent job really giving him the full adventure of life. 

Barrett Doss, Station 19

Barrett Doss, Station 19

Mitch Haaseth, ABC

Would you be open to returning to the Grey's universe in the future, or do you feel that it is time for you to close this chapter and get back to playing different kinds of characters?

Savre: I will always be open to play Maya in whatever universe will have her. The experience of portraying her will forever be a part of me. However, I am excited and elated for the next chapter of my life and career.

Damon: I like to be open to anything, if it makes sense. But I also like endings because it makes things precious and beautiful and will eventually lead me to wherever I'm meant to be.

Doss: I've always been interested in playing a multitude of different characters in different mediums, so I'm certainly excited about the future, but it would be so hard to say no. I also agree that chapters close, and so much of this job is about moving on and allowing each moment to be what it was. We'll be doing that for our entire careers. But I love this family and this character. I would love to see where she goes and where we would find her in five-to-10 years.

Ortiz: I am definitely open to having her return to that world. On the other hand, I do feel like maybe some chapters do close, especially because there are like 50,000 series regulars on Grey's Anatomy right now, so I don't want to clutter it up with another character. I also see endings as new beginnings. And we'll see if on Grey's Anatomy Season 50, Andy comes back as one of the patients — that would be cool. [Laughs.] And then Ben Warren would be like, "I know her! I know how to handle this. I used to be a firefighter. I got this." [Laughs.]

George: [Laughs.] That would be the greatest thing in the world. Look, as they're wrapping up the sets, they're not tearing stuff apart. They're purposely stowing it away properly.

Andy and Ben had a very special relationship. By the time she was a lieutenant, he was a rookie. And when they finish up, she's captain of the station, and he's not the rookie anymore, and he's got a lot more experience. But he's also got some more life experience than her, so even though she would have to mentor him in firefighting, he could mentor her a little bit sometimes in life. There's a great moment that I pitched to the writers for Ben and Andy in the finale, and fortunately, they took me up on it. And if Andy and Ben showed up later in each other's lives, that would be a very cool thing, and I'd be game for it instantaneously.

Hayden: [Laughs at Ortiz's suggestion.] That would be great. Listen, I've learned that when Shonda tells me that I'm doing something, I'm doing it. There is no saying no to her. I love the aspect of putting the life of another human being on and playing a character with different circumstances. That's obviously always appealing to all actors, but Travis was such a wonderfully complex, fun character to play. I really can't see myself ever saying no.

What did you steal from your final days on set?

Savre: Most things, in the end, were given to us, but I did steal my nameplate from my locker and accidentally took my silicone wedding ring home with me. Oops.

Doss: We got our helmets, which was a big win. I took a really great pair of jeans. [Laughs.] I was like, "Oh, if they're going to fix them for me, I might as well…"

Hayden: The helmet means a lot. Those things are heavy on your head and on your neck, but it was really sentimental, and we wore that so much. I also took the nameplate off the back of my turnout coat. That means quite a bit to me. But I'm pretty sure the wardrobe looked the other way on a couple jackets. [Laughs.] There were a couple pictures of Travis and Vic together that we had in Travis and Vic's house and that Travis kept in his locker, and I took those because not only are Barrett and I very close in real life, but it's also a really nice memento of our work together. 

George: Alicia Rothman, our props person, is a phenomenal photographer, and some of the photos that she's taken have made their way into the show. One of my favorite photos is a picture of me and Miguel Sandoval when Pruitt and Ben were running the PRT. We were in the PRT outfits, these jumpsuits that look like superhero outfits. So we hit this pose, and it looks like a hip-hop album cover. That picture has lived on my wall at home for a while. So I picked up a lot of things along the way, but the helmet was symbolic in a big way. I took the helmet and the nameplate from the turnouts.

Ortiz: I took — with some permission — the Dolce & Gabbana shoes that you will never notice in the show but will now see me out on a carpet with. My dad wanted me to take my shield, and I keep trying to tell him that it's a rental. I can't take the shield. I don't need to take my ax. What am I going to do with that ax? I'm not going to hang it up in my house. There's a beautiful Tulalip Tribe episode [this season]. That was a beautiful Native American story where my character was given this blanket as an offering, and I have that blanket because it holds so much meaning deeper than just the episode.

Jaina Lee Ortiz, Station 19

Jaina Lee Ortiz, Station 19

Disney/Chris Haston

You just wrapped the show in April. What have you been up to since then? Have you given much thought to what you will do next?

Ortiz: I had The Long Game [a film that premiered on April 12], and on my podcast, After We Wrap, with Gabby Ortiz, we have been inviting a lot of Station 19 guests to come on there and talk about their favorite memories, reminisce about the show, and still keep it alive. We just went to Cabo as a group for our last hurrah, and we will be having some watch party/rewatch gathering parties. The stories might be ending, but our friendships aren't. And if we can go away with that, then we've won in a way.

Doss: I'm auditioning again, which is totally strange. It still feels like we're on hiatus. I've talked to a bunch of folks — we're all kind of feeling around. I actually just taped an audition at Jay's house the other day, so we've been seeing each other.

Hayden: Because that's now my job in our friendship. Now I'm just putting all of her self tapes together.

Doss: I'm interested in auditioning for other stuff, and I might be interested down the line in producing. I really have an interest in writing, and I feel very grateful that I was allowed to collaborate a little bit on some of the ideas that were present in this show. It was a really open writers' room, so that experience and wanting to develop some ideas of my own is hopefully what will come next. But who knows? It's a whole new set of skills. It takes a long time.

Hayden: Interestingly enough, I just had this conversation with another friend of mine that is coming off a long-running show: Jesse Lee Soffer on Chicago P.D. He was like, "So what do you want to do?" I don't care if it's a film or a television show. I've been really lucky for nine years — because of the two years of The Catch — to be part of two great [Shondaland] stories for almost a decade. I am just hoping that the next job that I'm right for is a great story. I want to be on a show that I would watch. That's honestly all I care about.

Truthfully, I just want to be part of a story where someone goes, "Hey, I really love that show that you're on." And I say, "Oh, thanks!" And then inside, I'm like, "Yes, I also am very proud of the work and proud of the story that we're telling." Max, when you say to me, "I love Station 19, I've watched it from the beginning," and you talk from such an educated, informed place, it makes me feel so good that the storytelling that I did brought you a level of enjoyment and engagement. Honestly, it fills my cup of life. So I just want that again. I think we all do.

All episodes of Station 19 are now streaming on Hulu.