Jason George’s average workday begins at 5 a.m. and ends around midnight.
The “Station 19” star, who plays doctor-turned-firefighter Ben Warren, has been acting professionally for 20 years, guest starring on several beloved series such as “Friends,” “ER,” and “CSI: Miami” before he came to be known as Ben on “Grey’s Anatomy.” In addition to working on “Grey’s” and its spinoff, George also leads regular acting workshops with sprouting actors. On a Monday in his work week, George showed Variety his daily routine, which began with filming an episode of “Station 19” in the early hours of the morning.
“Nobody becomes an actor because they wanted a 9 to 5 gig,” George told Variety en route to the set.
Once on set, George settled into his trailer, which he called his “home away from home,” made a stop at hair and makeup, ate a breakfast burrito, and reviewed his lines for the day all before his 7:19 a.m. call time on location in Montrose, Calif.
“If you give me two pages of straight dialogue, I have it cold — no problem,” George said. “You give me one or two lines that I gotta sneak in the middle of a scene, guess who’s gonna screw it up?”
While the crew put the finishing touches on lighting and various emergency vehicle props, George also paused to chat with “Station 19” actor Jay Haden, episode director Nzingha Stewart, and writer/producer Angela Harvey, who explained their positions and dynamic to Variety.
“This is the thing about Shondaland is that I can’t remember the last time I’ve worked with two black women in the top positions of the project,” George said, referring to Stewart and Harvey. “That don’t happen.”
After a full day of shooting, George headed off to his second gig, teaching a class for up-and-coming actors. George said he began hosting actors workshops to reinvigorate his love for the craft.
“I started it because I was at a spot where acting would feel dangerously close to a job, as opposed to my passion and my art,” George told Variety while driving to The Sherry Theatre. “When it’s results-driven, it’s always gonna get tarnished a little bit, and so I decided to start this workshop to hang out with actors and work with actors — especially in their early stages of their career — because there’s nothing on it.”
George finished off his day by running scenes with and offering feedback to his students, who recounted their most recent audition experiences and performed sides in a collaborative space.