‘Virgin River’: Tim Matheson Says He Prefers to Act in the Series Over Directing It

Virgin River is a fan favorite on Netflix. The show centers on Mel Monroe (Alexandra Breckenridge), a nurse who leaves behind her life in Los Angeles for a fresh start in Virgin River.

In the small town, she is swept off her feet by Jack Sheridan (Martin Henderson), the town’s bar owner who is also a former Marine. Moreover, Mel has earned the respect of her boss, Vernon “Doc” Mullins (Tim Matheson). Matheson not only acts on the show but he’s also directed some episodes. However, he prefers one over another.

Tim Matheson as Doc Mullins sitting by the river and holding a cup in 'Virgin River' |
Tim Matheson as Doc Mullins in ‘Virgin River’ | Netflix

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‘Virgin River’ Season 4 reveals a lot about Doc’s past

Fans were shocked at the end of season 3 when a man named Denny Cutler (Kai Bradberry) who claims he’s Doc’s grandson appeared in town. As far as we know, Doc never had any children. However, season 4 is set to reveal a lot more about his past.

“We haven’t really dealt with Doc’s past,” Virgin River showrunner Sue Tenney told  TV Line. “We’ve only talked about his medical background. All of your questions [about Doc] will be answered in Season 4. It’s a really interesting addition, another outsider in Virgin River. He’s carrying a secret that will come out [if the show is renewed for] Season 4. It’ll be interesting to see. It’s worth the wait!”

We just hope that Doc’s wife Hope (Annette O’Toole) will take all of this news well.

Tim Matheson prefers to act in the Netflix series

Though he plays a major role in Virgin River, Matheson has also acted as a director on the show. However, he says that he prefers to act on the series over directing it. “I love being an actor on a show that tells an interesting story and being a director is much more demanding and time-consuming,” he told Chatting with B. “Because you’re choosing everything that goes into production, the wardrobe, the locations, the script, and any alterations to the script, everything is focused on the director. I know on Virgin River I directed four different episodes and it was exhausting because I had to act as well as prep it, shoot it, then edit it and it was very demanding.”

Still to direct four episodes of a show means that Matheson is still passionate about that aspect of bringing the story to life.

Fans are concerned about Doc’s health on ‘Virgin River’

In addition to his mystery grandson, fans are concerned that Doc’s health is ailing. In season 2, he was diagnosed with an illness that leads to blindness. Though he’s revealed his condition to Mel, a newcomer to the clinic is raising alarms.

The Bold Type’s Mark Ghanimé has joined the series as Dr. Cameron Hayek. According to his official character description, Dr. Hayek is a “dashing new physician. Armed with eye-catching good looks, a razor-sharp intellect, and a smile that could light up the world, Cameron makes an immediate splash in town — especially with the ladies of Virgin River.”

It looks like Dr. Hayek’s arrival might hint that Doc’s retirement is new.

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