‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Camilla Luddington Admits She Is Conflicted When It Comes to Jo and Link Being More Than Friends


  • Grey’s Anatomy star Camilla Luddington’s real-life relationship is similar to Jo and Link.
  • Luddington admits that she wants Jo and Link to find happiness.
  • But she is conflicted when it comes to them moving out of the friend zone.
Grey’s Anatomy stars Camilla Luddington, and Chris Carmack
Camilla Luddington, and Chris Carmack | Richard Cartwright/ABC via Getty Images

Grey’s Anatomy season 17 ended with Link (Chris Carmack) showing up at Jo’s door after Amelia rejected his marriage proposal. Many fans took this as a hint that the two characters’ longtime friendship could possibly turn romantic.

But according to Camilla Luddington (Jo), she’s a bit conflicted about the idea of Jo and Link being more than friends.

The ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star has personal experience with a longtime friendship turning romantic

According to Luddington, it’s definitely a possibility that Link and Jo’s friendship could turn into a romantic relationship because the same thing happened to her in real life. Luddington married her husband Matthew Alan in 2019, more than a decade after meeting him while working in a Los Angeles restaurant.

“I was really best friends with my husband for many years before we actually ended up being together,” Luddington told Bustle. “I think that is a lot of people’s experience, where they fell in love with their best friend.”

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In addition to having her own experience with a longtime friendship turning romantic, Luddington has another major thing in common with her character — they both have a one-year-old.

Camilla Luddington’s life imitates art in other ways

As fans know, Jo adopted baby Luna in season 17. And Luddington gave birth to her second child — who she named Lucas — last August. She said when fans see Jo with her “tired mom” look and the character is falling asleep on benches, they are getting a glimpse into Luddington’s real life.

“You know what’s great about this? Luna’s a year old and I have a 1-year-old too. During filming I am so tired because he is teething and she’s teething, and so what you’re seeing is just my life basically,” Luddington told Entertainment Weekly with a laugh.

“They don’t need to make me look tired — I come in looking like I’ve never slept. It’s this parallel happening, so [with] her falling asleep on the bench I was like, ‘I’m getting kind of tired just filming this.’ I’m going full method this season.”

Luddington says that she loves Jo and Link’s friendship. But part of her thinks that their relationship should remain platonic. As a fan of Grey’s Anatomy, she says she watches the episodes hoping that Link (Chris Carmack) and Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) will “figure it out” and get back together.

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“I’m watching the episodes, and I’m like, ‘Please don’t propose again!’ I’m rooting for him to be cool,” Luddington says of Link.

The ultimate goal for Jo and Link, says Luddington, is that both characters find happiness. It doesn’t matter if that’s with each other or not. If they stay friends, the actor says she gets it, and she will love to watch them.

“If the writers do decide at some point to make it more … I’ll be excited to see what that means and what that looks like for them both,” Luddington admitted.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ season 18 is ‘happy chaos’ for Jo

No matter what happens with Link, Jo’s season 18 is one of “happy chaos,” Luddington says. She’s struggling with her adjustment to motherhood after the adoption, and she’s made a big change in her career.

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“She’s trying new things, and it might not always go to plan, but I like the direction she’s going in. I think she’s growing up as a woman, too, and coming into her own without a relationship,”  Luddington says. “I think the missing piece now, for Jo, is to complete that family and have a good man by her side.”

Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursday nights on ABC.