Not everyone working the night shift is an adrenaline junkie. For some it is a refuge, a way to escape the pressures of the world and yet do a job they love. One such surgeon is Dr. Drew McAllister (Brendan Fehr). Unfortunately, he made an iron-clad agreement with the Army that they would pay for his medical education if he signed away 10 years of service after he was completed. Now into his second year of residency at San Antonio Memorial, Drew can feel the ticking clock counting down.
Fortunately, Drew has the good luck to be working under T.C. Callahan (Eoin Macken) and Topher (Ken Leung), trauma surgeons who served together in Afghanistan. Drew is learning not only from the best, but from those who understand what is to provide care for medical emergencies in the field. These are not just surgeons waiting for people to come through the E.R. doors, they will go where it they are needed to help. From an airplane crash to a hunting accident to a tornado disaster area, they are trauma surgeons that perform under any circumstance and will do anything to save a life.
For Brendan, portraying Drew was the answer to many prayers. He wanted a show that provided not only great work, but a great bunch of actors to work with. Getting to be a part of THE NIGHT SHIFT family was just the perfect combination of work and fun that he was seeking. In fact, he laughingly admits that they may have been having too much fun working on the show, but he had a blast doing it.
To hear more of what Brendan had to share about working on THE NIGHT SHIFT and the joy of portraying a complex, secretive character in the midst of such a warm, familial environment, be sure to check out this exclusive video interview:
Brendan also credits one of the best pieces of acting advice he got for his character was from guest director Eric La Salle, who told him that, “You’re never standing still; you’re always going.” That advice reminded Brendan that those who work in the E.R. are constantly doing 2 or 3 things at once. Saving lives is multi-tasking and constant movement as if it were an art form.
THE NIGHT SHIFT premieres Tuesday, May 27th at 10:00 p.m. on NBC. (Editor’s note: Special thanks goes to NBC Universal Television Group which made this interview possible with a sponsored trip to the set of “The Night Shift.”)