Why Matt Czuchry Almost Passed On ‘The Resident’

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It’s been less than a month since The Resident premiered on Fox, and we couldn’t imagine an actor other than Matt Czuchry playing Dr. Conrad Hawkins, but that could’ve happened.

Czuchry and his co-star on the new series, Emily VanCamp opened up to TVLine about how they didn’t initially gravitate towards a medical procedural like The Resident.

“I mean the decision to do this was agonizing, I’m not going to lie. I don’t think either of us was thinking about doing anything medical procedural, [or] anything along those lines,” VanCamp told TVLine‘s Michael Ausiello during a joint podcast with Czuchry.

The former Gilmore Girls actor agreed on the “agonizing” decision, but he was instantly hooked with the script, which led to him taking the role of Dr. Hawkins, who is a little bit of a rough and tough doctor who does things his way.

“For me, when I read the pilot, the first scene of the pilot really drew me in and it felt different. So, immediately I felt like, okay this is a different window into the stories that are beloved,” Czuchry told the publication, adding that he found he could relate to the script from the first page. “So, I thought, if I have all these personal connections then everyone that I know is going to be able to connect with these stories.”

Despite the connection to the different type of medical drama, Czuchry did reveal that he almost didn’t sign on for this show based on the filming location in Atlanta, and VanCamp felt the same way.

“These choices are incredibly difficult. Every single decision is very important to us, because the work is so important to us and because this is a huge component of our lives,” he explained. “So, the moving aspect was a real struggle, I know for me especially having been just in New York, but again, I kept coming back to I love this character, I love this story. There were too many things that said, ‘this is what I do, this is my life.’ You had to do it.”

The good news is that both Czuchry and VanCamp were able to get past the medical drama stereotypes and the filming location, because we couldn’t imagine The Resident without either one of them.

The Resident airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on FOX.

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