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 think Callie is georgous, and is NOT fat, far from it. She is curvy, sexy, and confident. What has happed to society where being a size 12 or 14 is "fat"? Marilyn Monroe, famous sex symbol, was a known size 12! I liked her the moment I saw her character. That sultry, naughty, sexy look to her. I'm glad she's compaining for curvier women, we need more of her to represent how sexy curves really are. No surprise she shagged McSteamy. I hope they keep her around.


Forget Eva Longoria, give me Sara Ramirez! I'd love to be the woman to caress those curves. Don't tell my husband.


ok first of all, Sara Is SMOKIN' HOT. The whole "she needs to lose weight" debate makes me sick that people can be so shallow (and insecure).
She is sexy, curvaceous, confident, and strong. What more is there?
So what if her character needs to feel important to her love interest. Doesnt everyone? This makes her real and unshallow. The most powerful, attractive people in the world still need to feel loved and accepted. (unless they're sociopaths). But we have all been in those shoes- wanting someone who's more reserved about their affections.
Anyway, keep up the good work GA, and Sara.
We need more role models for our daughters.... and ourselves.


I am so happy to see a beautiful regular size woman on Greys or any show for that matter. It is about time!!! We live in a wierd world. How many average or bigger than average guys are there on television? Quite a few. Sara's character Callie is wonderful. I probably wouldn't watch if not for her.




Okay first off I have to say, No she doesnt need to lose any weight she is as sexy as hell just the way she is, what is with this whole everyone needs to look like a stick thin grasshopper its just plai
n gross!
Second of all, she can act the hell out of any seen she is in she commands the seen so there! suck it up she is awesome!


First off, why do I keep catching the idea that Callie should be nicer? Is there some sort of unwritten law that the heavy chick needs to be a doormat? The character has a personality. She's not all sweetness and light, and that's cool. Also, 'Callie does not need to lose any weight. Part of her allure is that she is not your usual woman.'? What's up with that? At her current size, she is the 'usual woman'. That's what's so great about her! Though I agree with the sentiment. The character rocks, and Sara Ramirez is hotter than hot! She's the hottest woman on the show, followed by Katherine Heigl.


I can't believe anyone would say that Sara (Callie) needs to lose weight! She is so sexy, absolutely beautiful and I am in total love with her! For all of you skinny stick women out there, eat a damned sandwich and gain some weight - you will eventually be sexy too.


The only thing she needs to change is her hairstyle...otherwise she's great...not for George but she's a great character.....it's about time they put someone that full figured on a show like GA and I hope they don't write her out but make her character a bigger part of the show


Seriously, Callie does not need to lose any weight. Part of her allure is that she is not your usual woman. I think that there should be 1 strong person in the relationship and George is not gotten to that place in his life where he feels like he is the strong one. But he will only grow with a woman who is so strong and opinionated, like Callie. I do believe that it is possible that Callie has a mentallity that she has to be almost bitchy to be a successful physician so that is why she comes off like that. She needs George to develop her softer side. It is quite possible that she has never been with a man like George.
I think that they are the ying to each others yang. I have the same type of relationship with my husband and have learned and grown from our relationship as well!
Can't wait for the show tonight!


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)

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.