Season 9 is soon premiering in New Zealand and after finishing up shooting on Season 9 this is what Sara had to say!
Grey’s stalwart Sara Ramirez, who plays Dr Callie Torres, talks to Isobel Allbury about the on-going effects of the plane crash and reveals why she loves working on the hit medical drama.
Seven years ago, after being offered a role on any ABC show that she wanted, Ramirez chose to join the cast of the already popular drama Grey’s Anatomy as orthopaedic surgeon Callie Torres.
The Mexican-born actress, whose name is pronounced ‘Sada’, clearly made a great choice and as she finishes filming the show’s ninth season she says she has never looked back.
“I had no idea what I was getting into but I’m so glad I did,” she laughs. “Actors are constantly walking around wondering when they’re going to be looking for their next job.
“We are programmed to always be expecting to be without a job. That’s just kind of our nature after a while, so I never expected it to last this long and I’m thrilled that it’s still going strong.”
“It’s never fun when you hear that there’s a potential for cast members to leave… When we read it, it was really sad and really difficult. I know I cried and I think a few other people did. It was very emotional.”
Callie may not have been on the plane but her wife Arizona Robbins was and at the end of the episode she appeared to have a broken leg as a result of the crash. Under strict instructions not to spoil the fallout of the crash, Ramirez hints at what is in store in season nine for Callie and the other characters involved.
There could also be tough times ahead for Callie and Arizona’s relationship but Ramirez believes their relationship is strong enough to get through almost anything, especially after Callie had a baby with fellow doctor Mark Sloan.
“I think they complement each other, they are like yin and yang,” she says. “I think Arizona has taught her a lot and, in turn, I think Callie has given Arizona a really sweet and loving place to rest her heart… They’ve worked through and survived so much together and I just think that there’s a deep connection there, a bond between them, that developed very quickly and sometimes that’s what’s meant to be.”
Callie was not always intended to be bisexual but Ramirez says this was something she asked of the show’s creator Shonda Rhimes.
“I’ve been immersed in the LGB (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual) community since I was really young,” Ramirez says.
“For me I’m grateful that I grew up without any kind of fear of the LGB community. I actually went to Shonda Rhimes and said ‘If you’re going to have any character go down that road of bisexuality I would love to volunteer Callie, just letting you know as an actor I am comfortable with that.’
“I’m really behind it and I thought it was really exciting and interesting for people to see that journey. I don’t think it’s one we see a lot.
“So she (Shonda) was gung ho and she wrote it in with Erica Hahn and we’ve seen what’s happened since then. It was kind of a no-brainer for me.”
Initially a fan of the show before she was cast, Ramirez is not surprised Grey’s Anatomy has continued to be so popular internationally.
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