As a member of Generation X I remember when the idea of being a male nurse was frowned upon. Thankfully those days are gone and actor JR Lemon has a deeper understanding of what it takes to be a caregiver with his experiences on The Night Shift. Check out the video below as Lemon discusses his transition from an alpha male POV to a more egoless (and humanistic) approach to the world.
As a running back at Stanford (he briefly played for the Oakland Raiders), Lemon was passionate about football, and the self-belief and physical perseverance (hopefully he had a stellar O-line in college!) he received from the experience put him in good stead with his transition to acting.
With the take charge aspect that being a running back entails, playing a doctor on The Night Shift may have been the perfect avenue for Lemon to apply these skills. Along with honing his acting craft during the four seasons of The Night Shift, Lemon has found a deeper appreciation for nurses and care givers. Check out the video below, as Lemon sums everything up with a really cool two-minute plus answer.
The Night Shift, co-starring Scott Wolf and Brendan Fehr, airs Thursday evenings on NBC (10/9c).