Kate Walsh Ready to Realize Her Dreams

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Getting a job on a hit drama is a big deal.

Getting your own show is almost unfathomable.

When Kate Walsh joined the cast of Grey's Anatomy as Dr. Derek Shepherd's wife, never dreaming she'd become a regular, she would have considered starring in its spin-off, Private Practice, something out of a dream world.

But it's very real, and she is already hard at work in production. Here is what Kate Walsh had to say about Private Practice to Canadian Magazine...

"Honestly, there is pressure but the pressure is eclipsed by the fact that we are so busy and I'm just kind of constantly focused on the next thing in front of me," Kate said of her much-anticipated new show.

"At this point, we are three days into shooting our first episode. So I'm thinking more about my 5:30 call tomorrow morning, and all of my medical scenes."

On Her Own

Private Practice has Walsh's Addison Montgomery move from Seattle to L.A. to join a private, seaside wellness center. Although her doctoring skills remain top notch, her personal life remains dramatic.

"I think that's the dichotomy there and I think that's the interesting thing about a lot of the characters in this show. Professionally, these characters on Private Practice all have attained their dream. They are all choosing of their own volition to have a practice, a co-op and they have all of this choice."

"They are at the apex of their careers and yet sort of a mess personally. The same was with Grey's Anatomy. I think that's what makes it compelling and interesting and identifiable. I think there's also something compelling about taking a character and just plopping her in a new environment at 39 years old and just seeing her flail like a bug on her back. It's creatively challenging and interesting to me and I think every one of these characters in some way has a starting over situation in their story line."

When Shonda Rhimes wrote an episode of Grey's Anatomy to introduce the idea of this spinoff, Kate Walsh admits she got all giddy.

"I remember I was in bed at about 3:00 in the afternoon reading it like a teenager having tiny screams of joy, and I was thrilled ... I could not have been happier. It was like it was this really super, top secret, delicious diary of somebody else's I had just found. I was really beyond thrilled. So it's been like a very good, good dream."

The ride seems to never end for the lucky actress.

"I feel really fortunate and I could have never ever dreamed this. Literally, I don't mean to sound Pollyanna-ish because I'm not. I'm a cynical bastard. But I really feel like I'm living a really great dream here. I couldn't have imagined it and am grateful for her imagination that's much bigger than mine because mine, it goes to like die alone in a box on a street somewhere. So it's much better than that."

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Private Practice Quotes

A lot of men have a joy of seeing me naked. A lot! Well, not a lot... I mean.. 8, Well... 11.

Addison

You ever been violated? Anybody rape you lately? Let me tell you what its like. You know those made for TV movies where some woman's crouched down naked in a shower holding her knees and sobbing because when she closes her eyes she can still feel the guys hands on her? How when they show the attack the woman's eyes go all blank and still and she goes to some other place in her mind just to deal with the horror of what's happening to her while some Lillith Fair song plays. It is nothing like that. He's sturdy and sweaty and he licks your face and wipes himself off in your hair and when you try to scream he punches you so hard you see God. And then he goes at you again reaping stuff you didn't even know you had because he enjoyed it so much the first time. I know you're trying to help but if helping me means that everyone is gonna be looking at me the way you're looking at me now please do not help me.

Charlotte

Private Practice Music

  Song Artist
Song Lost The Mary Onettes
Down in the valley Down In The Valley The Broken West iTunes
Song Message From Yuz The Switches