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CHICAGO MED’s Luke Mitchell Reflects on Ripley’s Dynamics with Asher and Charles

May 22, 2024 by  

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CHICAGO MED — “I Think I Know You But Do I Really” Episode 09013 — Pictured: (l-r) Luke Mitchell as Dr. Mitch Ripley, Jessy Schram as Dr. Hannah Asher — (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

As CHICAGO MED wraps up its ninth season, two of the most intriguing new dynamics at play this season have come from the addition of Luke Mitchell’s Ripley.

On the romantic side, the series  finally took a step forward with one of its newest couples, Asher (Jessy Schram) and Ripley, as the duo talked about his past and shared their first kiss in the penultimate hour of the season.

Developing that relationship has “been really fun,” Mitchell tells Give Me My Remote. “First and foremost, Jessy is just an awesome person and a wonderful actress. And it’s been just really lovely to get to know her as a person and get to work with her. She’s a consummate professional and super talented.”

“And it’s just been really fun and easy to just take what the writers are giving us and just have fun with it, trying to bring it to life as best we can,” he continues. “I’m enjoying that it is very much a slow burn, which just makes sense, considering Ripley is this new character and Hannah has all this history. But I think they are an interesting pair. I’m curious to see exactly where they’re gonna take us, but I’m very much enjoying the ride so far.”

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CHICAGO MED — “Row Row Row Your Boat on a Rocky Sea” Episode 09001 — Pictured: (l-r) Oliver Platt as Dr. Daniel Charles, Luke Mitchell as Dr. Mitch Ripley — (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

Professionally—with a dash of personal history—Ripley has also reconnected with Charles (Oliver Platt), who was Ripley’s doctor years ago. Now, the duo often work on cases together in the ED.

“It’s really wonderful,” Mitchell gushes of working with Platt. “Working with Oliver is a gift because he’s just so passionate. He just cares so much. Not only about the work, as an actor, but also the mental health side of things, which is just great. Every day on set, he’s always got good ideas…[it] keeps the dynamic really interesting”

“In terms of the characters, it’s a great relationship to play out because, for Ripley, it’s essentially a father figure,” he continues. “He’s never really had a father figure. So it’s this great place, but it’s a scary place for Ripley because he’s learning to trust a father figure he works with. But hopefully, the trust isn’t broken…It’s an intriguing relationship to watch the push and pull. They take two steps forward and three steps back and then they reconcile. There’s a lot of potential and it’s a really fun dynamic”

And Ripley may need both of his allies in the finale. “Ripley’s character comes into question in a big way,” Mitchell teases. “It looks like he’s done something bad. And the question will be, ‘Could he really have done this particular thing?’ And that will be interesting to see what the ramifications are and what that does take his trust issues. And [it is] the bigger question of who is Ripley?”

CHICAGO MED, Wednesdays, 8/7c, NBC


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