Chandra Wilson, who’s been there since day one alongside Chambers, couldn’t help but agree. “I’ll tell you, as an actor, the opportunity to be involved in something historic is amazing, so I love that,” she gushed. “These characters and this show are cemented in history, so to know that little contribution is there—and it will always be—that’s amazing. So it’s a great honor.”
Kevin McKidd, who joined the series five years into its run, couldn’t be more thankful for getting the opportunity to be a part of Grey’s Anatomy. “I pinch myself every single day that I’m part of it,” he admitted. “It’s unbelievable. I really feel honored and deeply grateful that I’m part of a thing that’s actually making a piece of history. It’s a really exciting thing and not to be taken lightly. These things don’t happen often.”
So, how much longer do Ellen Pompeo and her co-stars think they have left in them? Do they dare dream of giving Gunsmoke‘s record 20 seasons a run for their money in order to become TV’s longest running live-action series ever?
“I don’t know. I know that we want to try to—,” the leading lady herself admitted before stopping herself short. “Well, let’s just see, you know? I don’t like to take things for granted. You can’t just assume the show can go on forever. It’s up to the fans. And the fans will let us know how long they want the show to air.”
In that case, she may want to settle in for the long haul, because if it’s up to the fans, Grey’s Anatomy isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
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Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.