Sara Ramirez is One Smooth Operator

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Sara Ramirez is One Smooth Operator
is slightly mortified.

A bus showcasing her image alongside 10 other Grey's Anatomy cast members on a massive promotional poster has just pulled up on the street outside a cafe.

"Oh my God. That is so weird," she cringes.

After the initial shock wears off, she smiles, pleased with the photo.

"For one of the first times, I'm looking at myself going, 'Yeah, I'm OK with that,'" she told USA Today.

Ramirez, 31, should be pleased. After an eight-episode run last season, she's a Grey's Anatomy regular.

And while the other female doctors on TV's hottest medical drama are busy breaking hearts, Ramirez is mending broken bones... as orthopedic surgeon Callie Torres. Soon after she accepted the role, Ramirez made the most of the twisted ankle and torn ligaments she received on stage playing Lady of the Lake in Broadway's Spamalot.

Her orthopedic surgeon let her observe operations.

"I was watching surgeries where they opened up knees and shoulders, taking pictures with my phone," Ramirez said.

The actress, who hails from Mazatlan, Mexico, is no stranger to blood and guts. She's a fan of TV shows about medical procedures and grew up with an oceanographer father who brought her with him to labs.

"I was always around rows of crazy jars that smelled like weird fermenting things from beneath the sea," she said.

Ramirez's parents divorced when she was eight. Her father moved to Miami, and her mother, a former actress / singer, relocated to San Diego, where she enrolled Ramirez in a school for the performing arts.

Like Callie, who at one point was living in the hospital basement, Ramirez has resided in less than luxurious digs. During her 12 years on and off Broadway, Ramirez had several humbling living experiences in New York.

"I ended up renting a room (from) a really eccentric couple," she said. "Then there was a woman who kept every room piled up with clothes and dirty stuff. I found things missing. But it taught me I can live with less."

For now, she's renting a house in Los Angeles.

"If I was to put my money down on a house, I don't know that I'd have much left. I don't know if this job's going to last. But if the show keeps me around for a little while, I'd like to settle down. I'm kind of in that nesting phase," she said.

Ramirez has a boyfriend but prefers talking about her on-screen romance with self-deprecating softie George O'Malley (T.R. Knight).

In tonight's episode, it's make-or-break time for the couple. But Ramirez says the characters are suited for each other.

"She gives him strength, and he gives her sensitivity."

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I heart Callie! Definitely my favourite character along with Burke, Mark and Alex. I remember when she first started out on the show people said really nasty stuff about her weight, hair whatever, now looks like the piper is playing a different tune. In my opinion she's always been awesome, real and attractive.


i have been callies fan since the very first time she was on the show. i think she is a very beautiful lady, and very sexy. george is an idiot for leaving her. i would never leave her and worship her like the lady she is


I hated to see George and Callie break up. I hope in future episodes George gets up enough courage to to do whatever it takes to win her back and keep her.


The heart of the show for me was the Izzie and Denny relationship. I'm so glad that Izzie was finally able to experience a part of Denny one last time.


I have to admit I was not a Callie fan at first. But I have come to really her and Im still trying to figure out what George's problem is with her. She really looks great in this picture.


Shes Great!


Hehe... I'm the first comment. I love callie, she's really awesome!!


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.