Connecticut College Magazine · Spring 2010


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Molly Kidder ´02 (center) on the set of “grey´s anatomy”

You already know Molly Kidder ´02 — as Dr. Megan Mostow of “Grey´s Anatomy”

By Rachel Harrington

When actress Molly Kidder ´02 auditioned for ABC´s “Grey´s Anatomy,” she was prepared to deliver lines and answer a few questions about her acting background. What she didn´t expect was how much she´d be talking about Connecticut College.

“You don´t generally get a lot of questions about your education at an audition like that,” she says.

But one of the show´s executive producers, Rob Corn P´10, was eager to talk about it. It was 2007 and his daughter, Casey Corn ´10, had recently entered as a freshman.

“It´s such a small world sometimes,” Kidder said.

Though Kidder will never know if her alma mater had a direct influence, she soon found herself playing Dr. Megan Mostow, one of the interns shadowing the show´s main character, Meredith Grey, played by Ellen Pompeo.

A winner of two Emmy awards, the medical show is one of the nation´s most-watched drama series.

“It´s been such a dream to work on,” Kidder says. “The tabloid rumors that surround the show are nonsense. It´s such a nice, friendly, warm atmosphere.”

Kidder started out in more of a background role, where she picked up the lingo that comes with working on a television set and studied how the stars filmed a close-up shot.

“It was a great opportunity for me to watch and learn,” she says.

Now she has starred in six webisodes, titled “Grey´s Anatomy: On Call,” which began airing last fall.

“The show had begun to go in a new direction since two of the hospitals merged,” Kidder says, adding that the webisodes gave the interns more airtime.

Kidder majored in French at the College, though she´d loved acting since she was a child. Her education came in handy when she scored a part as a French-speaking nurse on the CBS drama “The Unit.”

“I never expected to beat out French-born actresses for a role,” she says.

Kidder took many courses in the theater department and is still close with her fellow acting classmates. After graduating, she and seven other alumni formed a New York City theater company, Eastcheap Rep, with the help of faculty members Marya Ursin and J Ranelli.

“It was the right place for me to start after college,” Kidder says. “It was such a supportive environment.”

Luke Rosen ´02, who worked with Kidder on Eastcheap Rep, says it´s been inspiring to watch Kidder on “Grey´s Anatomy” and “see such great work from such a good friend.”

“She´s so beautifully subtle but has a really powerful presence on screen, and that´s really rare,” Rosen says. “I´m constantly learning from Molly.”

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