Grey's Anatomy Cast Members Made to Look Like Real Doctors... Mostly

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Chandra Wilson
Does Grey's Anatomy go out of its way to downplay its stars' physical attractiveness?

While that might seem crazy -- we are talking, after all, about a show starring Patrick Dempsey -- a reader posed this question to TV Guide in regards to Chandra Wilson, who plays Dr. Miranda Bailey.

A magazine spread showed the reader a different, beautiful side of the actress (pictured) that Grey's fans never see in the crass, no-nonsense doctor she plays.

Matt Roush of TV Guide concurs that most of the actors on Grey's Anatomy are actually made to look worse -- in other words, much more real than TV typically portrays. One of the things people love about the show is how it allows even glamorous actors to look frazzled, unkempt, exhausted and rarely at their best. As if they really are on call 70 hours a week.

While the show might stretch reality with its medical story lines, it deserves due credit for avoiding the vanity trap... mostly. Justin Chambers somehow stays smugly handsome at all times, and the producers can't resist putting Katherine Heigl in form-fitting blue scrbs. Not that we're complaining...

Justin Chambers
Katherine Heigl

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MEREDITH: "You don't get to call me a whore. When I met you, I thought I had found the person that I was going to spend the rest of my life with. I was done! All the boys and all the bars and all the obvious daddy issues, who cares? I was done. You left me. You chose Addison. I'm all glued back together now. I make no apologies for how I chose to repair what you broke. You don't get to call me a whore."
DEREK: "This thing with us is finished. It's over."
MEREDITH: "Finally."
DEREK: "Yeah, it's done."
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