9:30pm Tuesday, February 8 on TV2
Kiwi, Martin Henderson stars in TV2′s uplifting new drama, Off The Map, from the creators of Grey’s Anatomy, which follows five doctors who go to the ends of the earth to try to remember why they wanted to become doctors in the first place.
Henderson, who has been dubbed by the American press as the new ‘McDreamy’, plays the legendary and enigmatic Ben Keeton, a talented city surgeon who walked away from it all to found a free health clinic in a small town called ‘la ciudad de las estrellas’ in the South American jungle. Henderson describes his character to the American TV Guide as somewhat conflicted: “Ben’s written a book about practicing alterative medicine and has set up this clinic providing free health care,” the actor enthuses. “But there’s some stuff in his past he hasn’t quite cleaned up.”
Henderson also hints that there will be some onscreen chemistry between Ben and Doctor Lily Brenner, a newcomer to the tiny South American town, who is escaping demons of her own. “Lily and Ben are headed on a bumpy road to romance,” he reveals.
Gorgeous Caroline Dhavernas, who plays Lily, is a little coyer about the possibility of a hook-up. “I don’t know if anything’s going to happen with Ben, but there’s certainly interest,” she admits.
Not only will love blossom in the jungle but the bevy of doctors who have escaped to work in the clinic will make lasting friendships, confront real physical danger and attend to their own emotional baggage.
Mamie Gummer, daughter of Meryl Streep, plays the disgraced young doctor named Mina Minard. She tells us the reason her character escaped to the jungle. “Mina is the daughter of a high-up hospital administrator in New York, and made a fatal diagnosis that has sent her down here to do penance.”
When the actors were asked if any of them had had their own real-life ‘Off The Map’ experience, Valerie Cruz who plays Doctor Zita Alvaraz, was quick to respond. “I recently got into a spot of bother while venturing off the beaten track,” she explains. “Over the summer I was hiking in Tucson and had to be medevaced in a chopper after a giant horsefly flew into my eardrum.”