As regular readers of theTVaddict.com can attest to, we’ll always have a special place in our heart for any actor even remotely associated with EVERWOOD. So it probably should come as no surprise that when recently given the opportunity to chat one-on-one with GREY’S ANATOMY’s newest Chief Resident, we jumped at the chance. But just what did Sarah Drew spill the challenges her character will face this upcoming season and more importantly, whether or not this year will finally be the year Dr. April Kepner goes where Dr. April Kepner has never gone before? Find out for yourself after the jump.
Was there any serious talk about incorporating your real-life pregnancy into the show this season?
Sarah Drew: Not really. For a split second the writers thought that they might use it — have April get pregnant on the first try, carry it and then put it up for adoption — but they had just done a similar story with Sloan and his daughter. Plus, the fact that my character is a virgin is such a special thing, they really wanted to take their time with it. They didn’t want to just knock April up and get her pregnant, they want to leave room to really tell that story. Every year they tell me this is the year and then it doesn’t happen! Which I’m actually okay with because I also really wanted them to take their time with April losing her virginity because it’s so interesting to keep the character a virgin. After-all, once you lose it, there’s no going back.
Have you gotten any advice about how to hide your pregnancy during shooting?
I’m the fifth actress who has gotten pregnant on the show, so we’ve really all become such experts at hiding it on TV. That said, Chyler Leigh, Jessica Capshaw, Ellen Pompeo, they’ve all given such great advice about everything from pregnancy to breast feeding.
Is the behind-the-scenes tone of the set at all different this season with so much up in the air in terms of which of the original cast members (Ie. Patrick Dempsey, Ellen Pompeo, Sandra Oh etc.) may not return next season?
I think we’re all just sort of trying to just love the moment we’re in right now. I’m just grateful for having a job right now. I really hope the show continues and I really hope we keep all of our people, I would hate to see any one of them go. But you never know, so I guess I’m a little nervous about it but at the same time I trust that people are going to make decisions.
On a happier note, what excitement is in store for April the season?
Well, what I know so far is that I’ve been very very busy for the first three episodes. the new job as Chief Resident is really taking its toll on April. She’s working her tail off but nobody’s paying any attention to her and nobody’s taking her seriously, and really, we all saw that coming because nobody really wanted her to be Chief Resident anyway. So its going to be an uphill battle for her.
With apologies in advance for the awkward nature of this question, we can’t help but wonder, if given the choice, which of your Seattle Grace co-workers would you like to see April lost her virginity to?
You know my husband is sitting right here! [Laughs] But honestly I don’t know because I think that I’m not sure that anyone really works with April who is already on the show. It would be really interesting to have the bad boy Alex and the good girl April and kind of see how that works out but at the same time I would kind of find it hard to believe. I think she needs to find someone who has a similar kind of mentality and outlook on love. Although, it would probably make for a more interesting storyline if it were two total opposites finding their way to one another, but I don’t know. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
GREY’S ANATOMY airs Thursdays at 9PM on ABC (CTV in Canada) and stars Patrick Dempsey, Ellen Pompeo, Sandra Oh, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson, Sara Ramirez, Eric Dane, Chyler Leigh, Kevin McKidd, Jessica Capshaw, Jesse Williams and Sarah Drew. Catch up on past episodes you may have missed for free online at clicktowatch.tv