Pass the tissues!
On Sunday night’s “Drop Dead Diva,” Lex Medlin’s Owen French seemed to close the door on his romantic relationship with Brooke Elliott’s Jane Bingum.
Jane spent the episode of the Lifetime series defending a woman jilted by her fiance, and the case prompted Owen and Jane to finally have a big talk following their wedding disaster.
Owen, who is now Jane’s boss, opened his heart and in a speech at the end of the show revealed how completely lonely and devastated he is since he caught Jane kissing Grayson on their wedding day.
Lex told AccessHollywood.com all about filming the tearjerker episode and whether he thinks there’s still hope for Owen and Jane to, one day, rekindle their romance.
AccessHollywood.com: What did you pull from to deliver Owen’s big speech at the end of Sunday’s episode?
Lex Medlin: To be honest, that speech was written really, really well. … Brooke [Elliott] and I are really good friends and all I had to do — she was off camera — was look at her. She was getting choked up and saying those words every single time I just got choked up. It just broke my heart. It really broke my heart when we were doing the scene.
Access: What was it like the hours after you filmed this? Were you exhausted? Sad?
Lex: I was definitely tired, but you know, I was a little exhilarated because it went so well. I was actually smiling my entire drive back to my apartment because I thought, ‘You know what? I think it’s gonna work.’ And I talked to Brooke right after and she felt good too. I was just pleased. I was really pleased.
Access: How do you think people are going to feel about this, especially those who love Owen and Jane together?
Lex: I don’t know. … I was very shocked initially [at the reaction to Owen and Jane] and now I’m maybe not as shocked because I think the last year, we showed how good we were together. Brooke and I became good friends and I think that read on camera, so I don’t know. I think the people who are Team Grayson are gonna be very pleased that maybe she can go that direction. I don’t know. We haven’t seen the full season yet and I think people who like Jane and Owen are probably gonna be a little sad — and that’s not a bad thing.
Access: Do you think Owen is Jane’s Aidan from ‘Sex and The City’?
Lex: [Pauses] I’m not speaking because the idea of me being compared to Aidan is glorious to me, because that dude is hot! That dude is smokin’ hot.
Access: Is there potential for a future for Owen and Jane? Her heart opened up to him after he left town following the heart attack.
Lex: That was a little different, though. That was him having a heart attack and disappearing. This was him… seeing her kiss Grayson on their wedding day. That’s a tough one to get over. And me personally? I think he’s absolutely capable of forgiving. I haven’t seen how this show’s gonna play out yet this year, so I don’t know if that’s going to happen or not. I’m very curious to see which direction it’s going to go.
Access: What do you want to hint at about what their relationship is going to be like over the next couple of episodes?
Lex: The next couple episodes is showing how they can function together and seeing if Owen is going to forgive or not and Jane is definitely trying to get them back on the path that they were on. It’s just a matter of if Owen is going to do that or not.
Access: Do you think he’s a glutton for punishment taking the job at her law firm?
Lex: It’s a great question. No. It’s so not his personality, because he’s a very confident guy. The thing I’m finding interesting in this [is]… it really does show what can happen when you get your heart broken, I mean really broken. To see such a confident guy be so devastated is really interesting to me. … He had everything going the way he wanted it [to] and it all just got pulled out from under him in… five seconds. It all just changed. And it’s interesting to me seeing how he reacts and it’s interesting seeing how someone so confident can be so shaken and behave kind of badly sometimes.
Access: Grayson’s in the office and now Owen is in the office because he’s Kim’s new partner at the law firm. Can we expect a lot more tension?
Lex: Yeah. You know what’s funny, I don’t want to give anything away, but it’s interesting how Owen affects everybody, including Kim Kaswell and even — a little bit — Stacy, and definitely with Grayson. But him coming with where he’s at definitely affects everybody in the office in different ways.
Access: Does that have to do with his management style?
Lex: It has to do somewhat with his management style. He’s very much a no BS kind of guy and I think anytime somebody new comes into an office in that kind of position, he might rub people the wrong way. I don’t know how else to say it.
“Drop Dead Diva” airs Sundays at 9 PM on Lifetime.
-- Jolie Lash