Chris O’Donnell kicked off his career as a young man in the movies. He starred in films like Fried Green Tomatoes and Scent of a Woman before graduating to more adult fare like Batman Forever and Vertical Limit. But by the early 2000s his movie career had stalled and now as NCIS: Los Angeles kicks off Season 12, he’s crediting another wildly popular drama for his career resurgence: Grey’s Anatomy.
Back in 2006, Chris O’Donnell was signed on for what he thought would be a minor stint on Grey’s Anatomy, then still sporting its original cast. While O’Donnell says he knew Grey’s Anatomy already had a bunch of popular leads and that he wasn’t one of them, he still credits the series for getting his name back in the minds of casting agents. It helped that Grey’s kept asking him to stick around to play Finn.
Notoriously “the vet” doctor of Grey’s Anatomy, Finn Dandrige popped on the scene in Season 2 to deliver some bad news about Meredith and Derek’s dog. He later became a competing love interest, though it became clear after a while that Meredith was hung up on Derek Shepherd. The TV romance didn’t pan out, but Chris O’Donnell’s career did, as he related to EW.
Shortly after the run on the ABC series, Chris O’Donnell booked a TV miniseries called The Company. Then he landed the TV series lead role that he was really hoping would make him a TV star in NCIS: Los Angeles. The CBS drama has been on the air for 12 seasons now, and shows no signs of slowing yet; the series even celebrated its 250th episode last year. But O’Donnell credits Shonda Rhimes and co. at ABC for setting him on his new path.
If you’d like to catch Chris O’Donnell, TV lead, on the NCIS spinoff, the show just recently hit the airwaves again. New episodes air on Sunday nights, only on CBS. O’Donnell also has another new show in the works with his actor pal LL Cool J. You can catch more of what’s coming to TV before the end of the year with our full schedule
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