We rang Chicago Med’s Torrey DeVitto to talk about why she loves playing a doctor, her thoughts on the much-anticipated ending of Pretty Little Liars, and her not-so-secret spots to hang out in Chicago.
Try juggling two hit shows and playing characters who are the polar opposites of each other. Throw in the fact that each show shoots in different time zones and you’ve pretty much described the hectic life of actress Torrey DeVitto. Her roles range from Dr. Natalie Manning, a life-saving, strong-willed doctor on ChicagoMed, to the conniving, is-she-or-isn’t-she protagonist Melissa Hastings on Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars. Here, she talks about how her work on Chicago Med inspires her, gives us some hints at a satisfying PLL ending, and spills on her favorite spots in the Windy City.
Let’s talk about Chicago Med. What do you love about playing Dr. Natalie Manning? TORREY DEVITTO: I feel like she’s the first character I’ve played that’s kind of closer to who I am than a lot of other characters I’ve played. I like that she represents a strong woman who is a single mother, who has a thriving career and is trying to make all of it work. I love that I get to represent those women because there are so many women out there that are those single moms who are doing it all. It’s a character that I’m really honored and proud to play.
Torrey DeVitto as Natalie Manning, Nick Gehlfuss as Will Halstead in Chicago Med.
How challenging is it to play this character? TD: It was pretty challenging, especially at the beginning [of filming] with all the medical terms and really learning the flow of being an efficient doctor while having that controlled, calm chaos that they all maintain.
Can we expect any more flirtations going on between your character and Dr. Halstead this season? TD: I can’t really give anything away, but you can always expect Manning and Halstead moments. I don’t think those will go away.
Torrey DeVitto as Melissa Hastings on Pretty Little Liars (RIGHT).
Your character Melissa on Pretty Little Liars—you want to trust her and then you don't. What do you think about her? TD: (Laughs) That’s so interesting because I definitely see her differently than I think people watching [the show see her]. When you play a character like that, you have to find a redeeming quality in them that maybe not a lot of people watching TV are going to see. There are parts of Melissa that I feel like I love and she sometimes has her moments where she’s genuinely trying to protect Spencer. I think the whole question is—how many times is that the case or is she trying to harm someone?
We’re in the final season of the show and we’re going to be really shocked about who this A.D. person is, right? TD: Uh yeah, I think people are going to be pleasantly surprised and really satisfied with the ending of the show. They did a really good job.
Where do you like to hang out in Chicago? TD: I found this really cool place, I almost feel like if I tell people the place, everyone’s going to start coming and it won’t be a secret. There’s this great place called Life Force Art Center and I have so much fun there. I’ve gone to a drum circle and a chakra dance class. And one of my favorite juice places is called Infiniteus Rocks and Juice, it’s in Lincoln Park.