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The Unique Way Harry Shum, Jr. Was Welcomed To The Cast Of Grey's Anatomy

"Grey's Anatomy" debuted in 2005 and is TV's longest-running primetime medical drama (via Forbes). The series follows Dr. Meredith Grey (portrayed by Ellen Pompeo) and her fellow physicians at Grey Sloan Memorial, who are faced with life-or-death decisions on the job in addition to their personal struggles. The talented cast also includes Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr., Kevin McKidd, Kim Raver, Camilla Luddington, Caterina Scorsone, Kelly McCreary, and Chris Carmack.

This upcoming season, we will have some new faces joining the hospital, which includes Harry Shum Jr.Adelaide KaneMidori Francis, and Niko Terho. They will all play first-year surgical residents. Season 19 of the series is set to premiere on Thursday, October 6, at 9pm ET.

Shum's character, in particular, named Benson "Blue" Kwan, has been described as a "sharp-witted, impatient, and brilliant first-year surgical resident at Grey Sloan" (via People). The actor, who said he started watching the show during the first season, recently opened up about the unique way that the cast welcomed him to "Grey's Anatomy."

The OG Grey's Anatomy Trio Gives Harry Shum Jr. an iconic welcome

Shum expressed to People how iconic it was to meet Wilson and Pickens, saying, "Chandra, she just gave us this beautiful, just very, almost life advice of just be yourself on set, on the show, and try and contribute in so many ways that feel very true to yourself. I think that's why the show has gone on for so long. I think that advice has been given over time and has been utilized in so many beautiful ways."

He also shared his experience meeting Pompeo on the first day, who gave all of the interns a plant that they wanted to make sure stayed healthy and staying alive throughout filming: "Her first day, she had this massive monologue, pages and pages, and she was just so gracious with her time, and giving us advice, and just welcoming us to the OR."

Pompeo, Wilson, and Pickens are the three remaining original cast members who have been part of "Grey's Anatomy" since the very beginning, and being welcomed by this trio must have truly been an unforgettable moment. You can find out everything else we know about the new season here.