‘Chicago Med’ Star Torrey DeVitto Once Admitted Portraying Natalie Was a ‘Good Challenge’

In the NBC medical series Chicago Med, actor Torrey DeVitto played Dr. Natalie Manning. For six seasons, she was an emergency pediatrics specialist at Gaffney Chicago Medical Center. Fans were shocked to hear the actor would be leaving the medical drama. While playing Natalie on-screen, DeVitto admitted that it was a “good challenge.” 

Fans say goodbye to Natalie Manning in ‘Chicago Med’ Season 6

Torrey DeVitto wearing burgundy hospital scrubs in 'Chicago Med.'
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In season 6, Natalie’s mother receives a heart transplant. To help her recovery, Natalie stole a bottle of pills from Gaffney Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) decided to cover for her and give her mother the drugs. In turn, he gets fired from the hospital. In an attempt to overturn the decision, Natalie confessed to Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson). She begged for her reinstate Will at the hospital. Ultimately, Natalie gets fired for stealing medicine.

In the Chicago Med Season 7 premiere, Natalie made one final appearance before bidding a farewell. According to US Weekly, the episode started with Natalie packing up her car to leave town. She says goodbye to Will and ends their relationship.​​“You better keep in touch,” he tells Natalie. When she gets into the car, Natalie says, “I’ll come find you.” Then, Natalie drives off, marking her official exit from the show. 

Torrey DeVitto explains why playing Natalie was a ‘good challenge’

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In an exclusive interview with Glitter Magazine, actor Torrey DeVitto talked about portraying Natalie in the medical drama. During the discussion, the 37-year old actor shared that playing the character was a “good challenge” for her. 

“I love finding what makes the character do the things they do. What drives them, what makes them tick,” DeVitto explained. “It is my belief that hurt people, hurt people, so even when I am playing a character whose morals I don’t agree with, it’s a fascinating part of the process to try and understand and sympathize with why they do what they do. It’s challenging, and I like a good challenge.”

DeVitto went on to say that she relates to Natalie on a personal level. “Natalie is probably the one character I share the most characteristics with. Sometimes with certain storylines of hers, I wonder, ‘Is art imitating life or is life imitating art?’ which gets a little scary, but I like it. I like that I have let myself blend with this character more than ever before.”

Why did the ‘Chicago Med’ star leave the medical drama?

DeVitto didn’t explain the reason behind her departure from Chicago Med. Before leaving the show, the actor announced her exit on social media.

In an Instagram post, she said, “All good things must come to an end. It has been such an honor and pure joy to bring Dr. Natalie Manning to life for all of you on Chicago Med for the past six seasons. But it is now time for her and me to bow out and say goodbye. Thank you to all you loyal watchers who adored her as much as I did. I can’t wait to share what’s to come with all of you. New adventures await! With love and gratitude.”