Ellen & Giacomo Talk Meredith's Relationship With DeLuca – And It's Seriously the Cutest Thing Ever
Are Meredith Grey and Andrew DeLuca a match made in heaven?
Ellen Pompeo & Giacomo Gianniotti Were 'Shocked' By Meredith/DeLuca Pairing on 'Grey's Anatomy'
One of the highlights of Grey's Anatomy season 15 has been the growing relationship between Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and Andrew DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti). They certainly have come a long way since the two shared an awkward kiss in the Grey's Anatomy season 14 finale – and we won't lie, we wouldn't have it any other way. So what do the actors behind Meredith and DeLuca think about the relationship between their characters? Recently, Pompeo and Gianniotti sat down with TV Line and opened up about their initial reactions to MerLuca and their kiss in season 14.
As it turns out, neither of the actors thought much of their onscreen kiss in the season 14 finale. And honestly, that makes it all the more fun.
"I didn't know it was going to lead to what it has, but I definitely felt like it was the beginning of something," Gianniotti said. "But, at the time, I just thought [the kiss] was going to have to be a cross for him to bear [in Season 15], like, 'Oh, God, I kissed her drunkenly at the wedding, and every time I see her, I have to think about that and relive that.' But that initial childish interpretation turned into something more."
While Pompeo also wasn't thinking about the future of MerLuca, her mind was on something else entirely.
"I was so sick actually when we filmed that. The only thing I could think about was poor Giacomo," Pompeo laughed. "It was like the last day of shooting [on Season 14] and he was leaving to go shoot a movie in Toronto, and I was like, 'Oh my God, this poor guy. I have to kiss him. I hope I don't get him sick before he goes to shoot his movie.' So that's pretty much all I was thinking about!"
So it's safe to say that when the pair shared a kiss at the end of season 14, they didn't know what awaited for them in season 15. In fact, showrunner **Krista Vernoff didn't tell the actors that their characters were going to get together until the filming of the first episode of the fifteenth season.
"Krista called me and said, 'We are getting you guys together. But I don't want it to be a clear path. There should be some obstacles. She should be dating people and you should be dating people, and maybe somewhere in the middle of the season, they find each other,'" Gianniotti said.
When Vernoff did reveal that Meredith and DeLuca would indeed be an item in the fifteenth season, Gianniotti admitted that he was shocked. However, he saw the arc as an important storyline that needed to be told to the public.
I was shocked. Surprised. I definitely wasn't expecting that. But then we talked about the stigma in Hollywood about men typically being cast with much younger women and how that's very normalized now and people don't bat an eye. But if the woman is with a much younger man, then there is a weird stigma and a negative connotation around that. Krista wanted to take that double standard and flip it on its head and show it can be an older woman with a younger man and be sexy and empowering. So I said, "Great, let's do it."
We're happy that he was open to it because be definitely agree.
Meanwhile, Pompeo, who has a lot of perspective with working behind-the-scenes of Grey's Anatomy, explained that MerLuca's story was a discussion and ultimately something that the whole Grey's team had to collaborate on.
"I really liked the dating stuff," Pompeo revealed. "I thought that was really fun. It takes us out of the hospital, and we get to have really cool guest actors. I liked doing those scenes. Ultimately, when they came to me [about Mer/DeLuca]… it's always a discussion. It's a group effort and a collaboration. And we all love Giacomo."
As for the killer chemistry that Pompeo and Gianniotti have together onscreen? Well, it looks like the pair are friends in real life and happy to work together, which clearly has come out in their favor.
"I've had a lot of fun developing this relationship with Ellen," Gianniotti said. "We're great friends off screen. I think our chemistry as friends is hopefully translating on screen."
"I am having a lot of fun," Pompeo said. "I love Giacomo. We're having a great time."
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