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Nov 16

Will Natalie Manning end up with Jeff Clarke or Will Halstead? What does her medical future look like? Torrey DeVitto tells all in our ‘Chicago Med’ chat.

Dr. Natalie Manning has her hands full on NBC‘s Chicago Med. While she’s still trying to save the hospital’s youngest patients, she’s caught up in a love triangle between old friend Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) and new squeeze Jeff Clarke (Jeff Hephner) – one that’s been further complicated by Will dating pathologist Nina Shore (Patti Murin).

So which guy does Natalie really want to be with? What does she see for her career in Season 2? Hidden Remote visited the set of Chicago Med recently and asked actress Torrey DeVitto to give us the dish on what’s ahead for her character – and who she’s rooting for.

Torrey told us that the biggest change for Natalie has been the weight off her shoulders. “It’s so funny,” she laughed. “When we did the table read for the first couple episodes [of Season 2], there was the ‘ice princess’ comment and then there was another comment about Natalie’s state of mind from last year. In the middle of the table read I stopped and was like, ‘Was I so miserable last year?’ And everyone was like ‘Yes!’

“I think because I was playing her, I didn’t realize what a place she was in,” she continued. “I knew it but I didn’t see it from the outside perspective. She’s definitely in a different state of mind this year. She’s dating, a little more carefree. It’s fun.”

Natalie’s biggest plot point so far in Season 2 has been her relationship with Jeff, which seems like she might be doubting it after taking a second look at Will, who’s now with Nina. So what exactly is going through her mind right now?

“I love her and Will’s friendship,” Torrey told us. “I think they have something really special. But I think Jeff came in and represents her past and I don’t think anyone that she works with or she has in her life knows her then or knows her ex.

“I think it was just very familiar and home to her so it makes sense of why she would go in that direction,” she added, “but I think her and Dr Halstead will always have something special. I just don’t think either of them know how to articulate it yet.”

So does that mean that Torrey is hoping that Natalie eventually gets back together with Will?

“I really do root for both [pairings but] at the end of the day I have to say I’m a total Manstead fan,” she admitted. “I can’t not be. I just think it’s really endearing. I think it’s really sweet and it started that way and I always get excited when they have little moments of like looking over wistfully at each other or something. I am a Manstead fan.”

Professionally Natalie has had a much less sunnier time, including losing a young cancer patient in last week’s episode “Alternative Medicine.” We asked Torrey what her character is facing when it comes to her career.

“I think it’s day to day,” she explained. “What I love about her professionally this year is that I feel they’re allowing her to mess up a little more and not be so perfect and not be so by the book. She makes a lot of, I always say ‘Oh man, I’m totally Halsteading this year,’ because he made so many mistakes last year? So I was like ‘I’m pulling another Halstead!’

“They’re really allowing her to be more human in her medical world. I think she’s relying more on her gut and instincts than she did last year and I think maybe that has something to do with her being a mother now too and letting her emotions get involved, working with kids.”

Of course when things get tough for a character is sometimes when actors get the best material. So what does Torrey think when she sees something heartbreaking come across the page for her alter ego?

“My reaction first is I always want to do it the best service to the script that I can,” she said. “So I always get like that excited nervousness like oh, what am I going to do? How am I going to do it? You always want to see your character do well.

“But as an actor, it’s so much fun when you get bad things happen to your character you’re like yes!` So much to play with. I know that sounds terrible!”

Having said that, the seriousness of the characters’ battles doesn’t keep the actors from flubbing lines or breaking down in laughter.

“A lot of the time it’s really intense scenes, so for the sake of the other actors you try not to break,” she explained, “because when you do it, it just trickles down. And the people that are shooting it have this heavy equipment.

“I definitely break more with Nick than with anyone else. I told him I can’t work with you anymore,” she laughed. “Like I look at him and he’s so goofy and I’m just like I can’t look at you. We definitely have our moments of breaking a lot.

“I’m known to get quite giggly. Once I hit the nine or ten hour mark it’s almost over for me…It’s like laughing in church. You start sweating and and you’re like trying to pinch your hand. Happens a lot.”

And yes, even two seasons in, the medical terminology still trips her up. “We all have our tongue twister lines,” she conceded. “They’re actually lines that are unassuming…I think it’s because the longer and more complicated it is, the more you really focus on that one word for days. You just say it over and over again.

“There was actually one in an episode coming this Thursday, the opening scene that you’ll see,” Torrey revealed. “I could not for the life of me get this line out. It was the first time it happened in the season and I was so frustrated. For the most part, I love all the medical terms.”

Tune in tonight to find out which line gave her a headache, and what else is next for Dr. Natalie Manning as she and the Chicago Med team continue fighting to save lives.

Chicago Med airs Thursdays at 9/8c on NBC.



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