Q & A With Sara Ramirez

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For years, Sara Ramirez was the actress whom Broadway insiders consistently pegged for breakout success. She found that success, winning a Tony Award for her role as the Lady in the Lake in Spamalot.

Q & A With Sara Ramirez
Then she found it again, joining the cast of Grey's Anatomy (which begins its much-anticipated Season 3 Thursday) as orthopedic surgeon Dr. Callie Torres, love interest of hapless intern George.

After guest starring as Callie last Spring, Sara was promoted to full-time cast member this summer.

Recently, Ramirez spoke to New York Magazine's Jada Yuan about finally living large on TV. Here's the interview:


New York Magazine: They’ve signed you up for the full year, so clearly things are going to work out with George.
Sara Ramirez: I wouldn’t be so sure. I know they’re keeping me around, but I don’t know if it’s for George.

New York Magazine: Were you a fan of the show before you signed on?
Sara Ramirez: Oh, yes! As a Latin person, I was really proud to see the ethnic people on the show. I thought, Wow, there are no color limits. Nobody’s making comments about how there are African-Americans on the show and an Asian on the show. However, I did think, Where’s the Latin person?

New York Magazine: A lot of fans hated your character because they wanted George to wind up with Meredith Grey, the show’s lead.
Sara Ramirez: You do run across a lot of people who are extremely invested in that story line. Obviously, I’ve heard some negative stuff.

New York Magazine: You joined the show in the middle of the second season. Did you feel like an outsider?
Sara Ramirez: The weird thing about working in television is that you only see the people that you’re in scenes with. It’s not like you’re all running around the set together. So if you’re going to hang out together, you kind of have to make an effort. And I think people have families, people have lives.

New York Magazine: Were you beginning to think you’d be doing theater forever?
Sara Ramirez: I’d been in New York for about 12 years, working my butt off. I just went where the work was, and because of my voice, that was Broadway. But I’d grown disillusioned with the theater scene. I’m 5'9", and people didn’t know where to put me, a tall Latin woman. They were like, “Well, you can sing really good and you can act okay, but you’re not black and you’re not white. We just don’t know who to cast you as.”

New York Magazine: Was there pressure in going from stage to TV to change your appearance?
Sara Ramirez: Not at all. I actually gained a lot of weight when I started to do Grey’s Anatomy. Doing eight theater shows a week, girl, is such a workout. But with TV, you’re, like, sitting in your trailer waiting to go to the set. And there’s catering and craft service every place you look.

New York Magazine: Between you and America Ferrera on Ugly Betty, there’s a mini-boom for curvier, “real” Latin women.
Sara Ramirez: Absolutely. I’ve spoken to America several times at events about how funny it is that we’re on TV, and how cool it is to represent a group of women who aren’t stick-thin. I know my boyfriend loves to have something to hold onto. There’s a lot of men out there who do.

New York Magazine: Now that you’ve dealt with both, which fans are more rabid, Monty Python fans or Grey’s Anatomy fans?
Sara Ramirez: Monty Python. They show up in costume.

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.


I've LOVED Callie from the start.When GA first started I wasn't really into it, but when Sara came on the show I couldn't bare to miss it.Whoever thinks she should lose weight is insane!She's beautiful the way she is!!!And her character is awesome!!!She's strong,independant,beautiful,sexy,and a damn good dancer!When she danced in her underwear on national television, I think was the most courageous thin EVER!!!Especially scince people think she needs to lose weight, but she still did it, like Idon't give a damn what anybody says I feel comfortable in my own skin!!!I don't like Callie and George together because you've can tell he doesn't feel the same way she does, and I'm sure she can do better!I also love Callie because she can stand up for herself & she can also be compassionate.


Oh wow!! To the person who left the first comment nikki i think it was. How could you think someone should definately loose weight to look good isnt being judgemental!!! What planet do you live on?? If you havent noticed more and more beautifull fuller figured women are now on our T.V screens and i think it takes a very strong and grounded woman to work in a industry that is so obsessed and dominated by the size 0-5 woman, so for her to still be able to hold strong to her selfbeliefs in such a industry is inspiring!! Who cares what you think or what your perception of beauty is if you cant see that Sara Ramirez(Callie) is beautiful the way she is than maybe u need to see a eye specialist or a neurologist!!!


i think sara ramirez is on of the most beautiful women on the planet..she's hot no matter how much she weigh


How dare any one say she needs to lose weight, shes thick and in a good way, merideth needs to gain a little wieight if anything, Izzie is also gorgeous. all of the woman of greys anatomy are drop dead gorgeous! and the boys omg.. yummmmmyyy lol pretty much im proud to be thick too, way to go Sara


Sara Ramirez, is very nice


Good day,


all i have to say is SARA is one of the most beautiful women on TV today. She is stunning in every way. She's a great actress and does great things for greys anatomy. When i first got into the show, i didnt really care either way. As she got more and more parts, i became drawn to her. keep of the good work girl.


Sara is a beautiful woman i wish there were more actors like her and she has a wonderful voice i hope to one day meet sara.


Sara is a beautiful woman i wish there were more actors like here and she has a wonderful voice i hope to one day meet sara


Don't dare lose a pound! You're intelligent,confident,adorable and sexy. Your character has those same qualities too. I think more women in Hollywood should be as HOT. Who would she be losing weight for anyway? The directors/producers? Screw them! Tell those sexist bastards to get real. That's how women in REAL life look. She's my idea of the perfect woman. Sara, if I could tell you in person, I'd say,"I just want to send your parents a "thank you" note,for YOU!


Grey's Anatomy Quotes

Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)

Burke was- He took something from me. He took little pieces of me, little pieces over time, so small I didn't even notice, you know? He wanted me to be something I wasn't, and I made myself into what he wanted. One day I was me Cristina Yang, and then suddenly I was lying for him, and jeopardizing my career, and agreeing to be married and wearing a ring, and being a bride. Until I was standing there in a wedding dress with no eyebrows, and I wasn't Cristina Yang anymore. And even then, I would've married him. I would have. I lost myself for a long time. And now that I'm finally me again, I can't. I love you. I love you more than I loved Burke. I love you. And that scares the crap out of me because when you asked me to ignore Teddy's page, you took a piece of me, and I let you. And that will never happen again.