Dr. Hannah Asher is able to begin a brand new chapter in her life. After battling a drug dependancy and getting assist, Hannah is in restoration and again on the hospital. Hannah has returned for good and season 8 can be about discovering out who Hannah is at her core.
HollywoodLife spoke EXCLUSIVELY with Chicago Med star Jessy Schram about persevering with Hannah’s essential and related journey with dependancy. Whereas Hannah is “mentally in a extremely nice house,” she’ll nonetheless be “bodily coping with the results of her previous” and “preventing in opposition to that.” She additionally weighed in on the following section of Will and Hannah’s relationship, whether or not or not it’s romantic or platonic. Learn our Q&A under:
Hannah is now again full-time. Did you ever suppose that whenever you first left the collection that Hannah’s story would come again round and proceed?
Jessy Schram: I imply, there have been whispers of Hannah’s storyline persevering with, after which when COVID hit each storyline on the earth modified. All the pieces modified. And once I got here again to form of believing, everyone simply stored reminding me, ‘Hey, you haven’t died. You haven’t died. Due to this fact you possibly can come again at any time.’ So I at all times form of held that flame of hoping that there could be the chance for Hannah to come back again and see the place every part goes. As time went on, I simply form of silently began nodding to, wow, what an ideal expertise. Sure, that’s a chapter closed. Whenever you lastly mentally shut that chapter, then you definitely get a knock on the door. It was a shock and one thing that I used to be tremendous enthusiastic about. I knew that there was at all times the chance. A lot time had handed that I actually didn’t suppose Hannah was coming again, so it actually was actually a shock.
I really feel like Hannah’s story is so essential to inform these days as a result of the world, whether or not or not it’s on tv or in politics, doesn’t like to deal with it. I feel that Chicago Med showcasing this robust however hopeful journey for her is extremely related.
Jessy Schram: I positively recognize that they’re touching base on the opiate disaster, dependancy, and a distinct face. I used to be extraordinarily naive to all of the alternative ways and those who dependancy truly affected. I used to be not conscious of how widespread it was. I took on this position and folks have been sharing their tales and realized that everyone has been affected personally or by any person else with dependancy of their life. I’ll say one of many issues that I actually recognize with Chicago Med of their portrayal of Hannah on this life is that we’re bringing her by the dependancy. We noticed her inside it. We noticed the downfalls. We noticed her in withdrawal. We see her going to restoration, and now we’re on this technique of any person that’s in restoration. For me, it’s actually attention-grabbing as an actor attempting to determine, okay, we all know who Hannah is because the addict, however who’s Hannah at her base? The dependancy is a part of her. It’s not all of her. I applaud Chicago Med for occurring this journey and exhibiting her past her dependancy.
Hannah must NOT run into burning buildings any further. The state of affairs along with her lungs finally ends up being slightly bit extra intense than I feel she anticipated. There’s a line within the premiere the place Hannah says that she will be able to’t appear to shake her previous. That can also be a part of the dependancy journey, coping with your previous and transferring ahead. Given what’s occurred, what’s Hannah’s mindset going ahead?
Jessy Schram: I feel you hit it proper on the top of going ahead, however then her physique’s retaliating from the previous. Despite the fact that mentally she is in a superb house… Clearly, whenever you’re in restoration, you’re at all times an addict. You’re at all times in restoration. So it’s not one thing that ever completely goes away, however you’re in several intervals which might be good. Hannah is in a extremely sturdy and grounded place. She’s nonetheless coping with the stigma when it comes from different medical doctors and different those who encompass her and the way it impacts her profession. The stigma of her being an addict is following her, and it’s nonetheless affecting her profession although she is years into restoration and on a distinct path. She is mentally in a extremely nice house, bodily coping with the results of her previous, and nonetheless preventing in opposition to that.
The stigma is a vital side to deal with as a result of it’s one thing we see always, and it may be debilitating for individuals in restoration. I simply hope that this stigma doesn’t get to be an excessive amount of for her.
Jessy Schram: She’s coming by it, and there’s simply that fixed journey of it. I hope that when there are individuals which might be watching that may see that different facet as a result of even when Chicago Med was bringing me again I used to be like, what does it appear to be to be in restoration? I don’t know. I simply had such a distinct view of what every part seems to be like. It’s very nice to have the ability to painting one thing and provides an schooling of a distinct face of what this seems to be like.
Now we have to debate the on-again, off-again romance with Will. There’s a lot historical past there. What does their future appear to be? She did run again right into a burning constructing for him.
Jessy Schram: I do know! He’s nonetheless always attempting to be a pressure and safety for her. Within the season premiere, I keep in mind studying the script and being like, ‘The place are we going? Will is de facto taking care of Hannah. She went into the constructing for him… what’s up with them?’ I feel what we’ll see on this season is we have been seeing prior to now that they have been projecting onto one another, their codependency, after which two exes having to work in the identical workforce, once more projecting onto one another who one another was once, and getting into patterns the place neither need to be that particular person or are that particular person anymore. So now I really feel like we’re actually seeing respect between the 2. Clearly, there’s a love from the historical past that they’ve, however I actually really feel on this season we’re going to see who they’re now to one another and that simply constantly is unfolding.
When Chicago Med first started, Will and Natalie have been very a lot the primary couple of the present. It’s robust to observe a pair like that, however you and Nick [Gehlfuss] have navigated it so effectively and given followers a distinct relationship to essentially root for.
Jessy Schram: Will and Natalie have been fan favorites. That’s the relationship that we grew with in Chicago Med, so coming in after that, that already had followers on guard in regards to the Hannah character. However then additionally, too, the world that we’re each residing in and what I’m bringing him into. There was lots of concern in regards to the dysfunction and if Will was going to be tainted. It makes me really feel good as a result of I do hear lots of people getting to regulate to who we’re as that couple on the present and go on the journey with us and perceive it’s greater than only a actually fast fling that was occurring. I personally completely adore working with Nick Gehlfuss. I really feel like he cares a lot in regards to the work and so do I. He’s such a simple particular person in actual life to get together with, nevertheless it’s actually additionally very simple to behave with him.
Whereas Hannah is again full-time, Scott is leaving. What was your response to how the premiere ended?
Jessy Schram: I used to be shocked. I didn’t know that his character was departing till per week earlier than we began filming and we received the script. I used to be instructed by our producer beforehand, however I used to be in shock. I didn’t see that coming. We’re dropping a incredible solid member and an ideal actor. We by no means actually absolutely received to do an excessive amount of collectively due to our storyline, however I’m nonetheless form of like, wow, I can’t imagine he departed. I can’t imagine the character’s gone.
With regards to Chicago Med, there are at all times memorable circumstances that the medical doctors must face. What are you able to tease about what Hannah can be encountering within the hospital?
Jessy Schram: We’re stepping into the world of an OBGYN. I’m studying issues that I by no means knew have been potentialities or issues that locations may go. A variety of my storylines are going to cope with the feminine physique and replica and infants. Each episode I’m getting, I’m so stunned and be taught so many new issues. All the pieces that we’re doing will not be one thing that you simply’ve seen earlier than. This season is sort of a refresh season of simply including all-new components. I’ll nonetheless be within the OBGYN world however my character is in ER much more than ordinary. She will get to cope with circumstances that additionally aren’t in her specialty.
What has been like working in Chicago?
Jessy Schram: So I’m initially from Buffalo Grove, which is a northwest suburb of Chicago. I’ve lived in LA for 20 years, however I grew up mainly in Chicago. I’ve missed the humidity. I’ve missed the seasons. I’ve missed the wind hurting my face. I’ll say I’m not trying ahead to 7 months of that climate, however I like Chicago climate I feel as a result of it’s so altering. To me, the climate forces individuals to have hobbies and group. I truly just like the climate in Chicago. I imply, let’s be actual. It’s white skies as a substitute of blue on a regular basis.
So mainly, Chicago Med is sort of a homecoming for you.
Jessy Schram: Very a lot. It was the primary time after about 18-20 years coming again and attending to work with the Chicago crew in my hometown. It actually is full circle.