Isaiah Washington: Life is Good On Set

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Isaiah Washington: A Better Man For It
Isaiah Washington says his on-set dust-up with co-star Patrick Dempsey last month was blown out of proportion and that everyone on the show is having "a great time."

At the opening night party for the Skin + Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture exhibit at L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art on Saturday, Washington was asked by People about the on-set argument and if things were all good on the Grey's Anatomy set these days.

"Everything was good on the set four weeks ago," he said.

He joked that he's bought stock in a tabloid-magazine company because they "make so much money off of us." The media coverage "was disappointing," he said, "but now I'm a shareholder. I'm a businessman."

Washington and Dempsey discussed the fracas (for which Washington later issued an apology in a statement) on The Oprah Winfrey Show in a special segment that aired Friday.

"I lost my cool, but it wasn't coming out of a place of animus for Patrick or (costar) T.R. Knight or anyone. It was coming out of a place of trying to stay focused about the work," Washington told Winfrey, who visited the Grey's set for the interviews. "I've been working with these beautiful men for three years now, and we had an argument as brothers. It came about at a time and a place that was overwhelming for both of us."

Washington clarified: "What it was not, was a brawl."

Patrick Dempsey says the ensemble is stronger after the incident.

"I think what happens is we needed to just be open and be able to communicate and not let things build up. I think we've come to that point where it's much freer to communicate with each other, and we're more relaxed because of it. I think the whole company's tighter," Dempsey said.

At the MOCA event, Washington added that working with Shonda Rhimes on Grey's Anatomy is the "opportunity of a lifetime." He added that he can't wait to see the Thanksgiving episode.

"Cristina and Burke have their opportunity to kind of get sweaty," he said. "It was a lot of fun."

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[narrating] "At the end of the day, when it comes down to it, all we really want is to be close to somebody. So this thing where we all keep our distance and pretend not to care about each other, it's usually a load of bull. So we pick and choose who we want to remain close to, and once we've chosen those people, we tend to stick close by. No matter how much we hurt them. The people that are still with you at the end of the day, those are the ones worth keeping. And sure, sometimes close can be too close. But sometimes, that invasion of personal space, it can be exactly what you need."

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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."

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