Kate Walsh: Anatomy of a Late Bloomer

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Kate Walsh: Anatomy of a Late Bloomer
As her 40th birthday approaches this October, Grey's Anatomy actress Kate Walsh says that she only recently felt ready to get her love life in order.

"I'm a bit of a late bloomer," says the actress, who plays Dr. Addison Montgomery, to the magazine Best Life in its April issue. "I need to do with relationships what I've done with work."

The San Jose, Calif., native, who first appeared on Grey's Anatomy in the closing seconds of Season One, admits she's made some bad choices before.

"In the past, I've been work, work, work â€" and then I'm done and 'cause I'm tired and desperate, I'm like ... YOU!" she says, as though reaching for the nearest male body.

In retrospect, she says she just wasn't ready for the ups and downs of a serious commitment.

"I realize it's a juvenile fear. But I haven't wanted to be in a relationship where I'm doing a downward dog and some guy is just like, 'I hate you. I hate it when you do whatever that thing is that you do that I hate," she said.

But it doesn't help that with her new maturity has come a demanding job playing primetime's most notorious man-eater.

"Here I am working 13, sometimes 16-hour days, and trying to date and it's so new to me to date more than one person. Sometimes I feel like, 'What am I doing? Am I becoming my character, or is my character becoming me?'"

She'd better get used to it.

Her schedule won't slow down if the proposed spinoff series of Grey's Anatomy starring her character is picked up by ABC (the network is planning to test out the show with a special two-hour episode of Grey's Anatomy).

But when Walsh does find her real-life McDreamy, he doesn't need to be as hunky as her onscreen love interests.

"I don't need someone with a hot body. He can be fat or overweight and have a belly. It's very much about style and substance and humor, interest, curiosity and really being smart," Walsh said.

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"I´m like...YOU!" That should be soo much fun to watch..
PS:Good luck with getting a date with Kate any time soon.........


no, no, no... Kate can't leave Grey's - she just can't... I agree with you, Carlie, Grey's won't be the same without her, she's like the highlight of the show!


i just think that she is so beautiful and talented!!!!!! i love you kate and it will be sad to see you leave and have your own show!! it wont be the same with out all 12 cast members on the same show!!!


I love, love, love Kate Walsh!!! There is no way she is almost forty! She looks soooo amazing!! Oh but i do wish she would just stay on Grey's and not make her own spin-off because Grey's is just sooo good with her on it!!!


Oooh, can Kate's real life McDreamy be female? Cause I would so like an application for that job. We're so in love, she just doesn't know it yet.


How can anybody call her ugly?!
True, not the best picture of her (though it's not a terrible one either.)
But she is gorgeous! And Burke Backer, I totally agree - her red hair is awesome.


susy are you blind? kate walsh is not ugly!


lmaooooo Eric! good luck w/that!
seriously though, with age comes wisdom -- us 40 year old women get smarter every day! i really really like her. i actually can't wait for her new show to come on. i, for one, will definitely be a viewer.


"I don't need someone with a hot body. He can be fat or overweight and have a belly. It's very much about style and substance and humor, interest, curiosity and really being smart," Walsh said." Ok. I need to find her phone number. lol.


I dislike her a lot. she's ugly.


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.