'Grey's Anatomy' star Scott Speedman was almost scared off by 'very passionate' fan reactions to his return as Meredith's love interest

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Scott Speedman on "Grey's Anatomy."
Speedman on "Grey's Anatomy." Eric McCandless via Getty Images
  • Scott Speedman said the "Grey's Anatomy" cast "warned" him about the show's "very passionate" fans.

  • He looked at the Instagram comments section anyway and compared it to a scene in "The Shining."

  • He told Drew Barrymore he's having "a lot of fun" coming back to the role of Nick Marsh.

Scott Speedman visited "The Drew Barrymore Show" on Monday and talked about "Grey's Anatomy" fans' "very passionate" reaction to his character Dr. Nick Marsh re-joining the show as Meredith Grey's potential love - and how it kind of scared him.

He said the cast and crew "warned" him that fans were "quote unquote very passionate," but he didn't know the full extent of what that meant. "And then I made the mistake of going over to the Instagram page for 'Grey's Anatomy," he told Barrymore.

He just wanted to "take a peek" at what fans were saying in the comments, but that deep dive turned out differently than he expected. "That was like Shelley Long in 'The Shining' finding Jack Nicholson's writing." Speedman said, describing how he found thousands of "diatribes" against him.

He said "Grey's Anatomy" fans have "their own ideas" about who Meredith should be with.

"Grey's" star Ellen Pompeo personally asked Speedman to play Nick back in season 14, and according to Speedman, the show has been consistently asking him to come back after his memorable one-episode cameo.

Pompeo told Harper's Bazaar on Thursday that she asked her friend Speedman to play the role because the pair has "great chemistry" on-screen and he's "just so easy" to work with. Together, she said they try to make their scenes a little bit less "on the nose" than viewers might typically see on network TV.

"We try to bring everything a little off-center and make it a little cooler," Pompeo said.

Despite the danger of the Instagram comments section, Speedman told Barrymore he's "having a lot of fun" in his return to the ABC medical drama.

"Grey's Anatomy" airs at 8 p.m. ET on Thursdays on ABC.

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