Life's a Party For the Lovely Kate Walsh

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Kate Walsh: A Little Car Crazy
Life for Grey's Anatomy star Kate Walsh is all about hospital rounds.

That and drinks with a European prince.

Her character, Addison Shepherd, may have broken up with Dr. McDreamy, but Walsh, 39, isn't splitting from Seattle Grace any time soon.

The actress talked to People about heating up with Eric Dane (a.k.a. Dr. McSteamy), facing off against CSI and her first big splurge -- for which her handsome on-screen ex, Patrick Dempsey, is reportedly to blame.

Q: So what's the deal with the new guy, Eric Dane?
A: He's like a statue. Every time he pauses, he's just gorgeous. And so nice and so talented.

Q: Is this the end for Addison and Derek?

A: You'll see some interesting things play out. There aren't tidy beginnings and endings. It's always messy, and (no pun intended) there's always a gray area.

Q: Your character wasn't too popular with fans at first. Has that changed?
A: Even if fans want Derek to be with Meredith, they sympathize with Addison. She's just like every woman struggling to make a relationship work.

Q: Were you stressed about Grey's Anatomy going up against CSI on Thursdays?
A: Yeah, I was nervous. CSI is a great show -- I was in it! [She played a transsexual informant.] But they are two different animals. There's room for both of us. You know, that's why we have the TiVo.

Q: Do anything fun on hiatus?

A: I mostly did press. We went all over Europe promoting Grey's Anatomy. It's huge everywhere. [The cast] went to Monaco and got an invitation to dinner with the prince. My stylist said, "So I see on your itinerary, cocktails at the palace. Is that, like, the palace?" I was like, "Yeah, [it's] not a club... The palace!"

Q: Has your life changed in the past year?

A: I had one big splurge, which I am driving now. It's a 1985 Aston Martin convertible. When I moved [to L.A. seven years ago] I got a station wagon. Then I got a little car crazy. I have to say, Patrick Dempsey did influence me a lot in that area.

Q: Any buyer's remorse?
A: No! This was hand-built. It's gorgeous. An elegant British muscle car. It makes doing errands much more palatable.

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I'm glad Addison and Derek are over. Now Addison can move on to better guys like Alex maybe? I think they should hook up. I'd really like to see what happens. Kate Walsh is the best! She seems like a nice person.


Why is this susy person writing negative things on every comment page? If you don't like Kate, then why do you read every article on her? I think she's amazing. Hate's such a strong word when you don't know someone...


I know exactly what she means by gray area. Eleven years of marriage, both certain in the beginning that there was love and it was going to last. Over the years the things that they did to each other, good and bad. They wove a life for themselves and the little intern hasn't even woven a thread yet! I'm looking forward to Derek getting a little more insight into his own past actions, good AND bad, that brought them to this pass. So much more realistic to take two characters who were best friends and husband and wife for eleven years and show that there is no nice, clean severing...especially when the third was the best friend.


Addek are over forever. I hate them.
"Gray area" is in her mind.


Grey's Anatomy Quotes

[narrating] "At some point, you have to make a decision. Boundaries don't keep other people out, they fence you in. Life is messy, that's how we're made. So you can waste your life drawing lines or you can live your life crossing them. But there are some lines that are way too dangerous to cross. Here's what I know. If you're willing to throw caution to the wind and take a chance, the view from the other side... is spectacular."


Richard: Chin up. Put your shoulders back, walk proud, strut a little. Don't lick your wounds: celebrate them. The scars you bear are the signs of a competitor. You're in a lion fight, Stevens. Just because you didn't win doesn't mean you don't know how to roar.