An Interview with Lauren Stamile

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Grey's Anatomy finally returns tomorrow, for what will be the last episode we'll see until the writers' strike comes to an end. It's extremely sad, but at least "Lay Your Hands On Me" is shaping up to be rather interesting.

One reason? Rose. The character introduced a few episodes ago, and played by the lovely Lauren Stamile, has done nothing but spark controversy. Here is an interview Lauren recently did with E! Online's Kristin Veitch ...

E!: I heard your mom and dad met just like Rose and McDreamy.
Lauren Stamile: Yes! My mom is a nurse, and my dad is a doctor, and it's actually kind of cute, because you know how they wear the surgical masks? Well, my dad saw my mom's eyes, and that was it. Very romantic.

Ellen, Patrick, Lauren

Lauren Stamile (Rose), Patrick Dempsey (Derek), Ellen Pompeo (Meredith).

E!: So, what was it like the first time you met Patrick Dempsey?
Lauren Stamile: I met him in my last meeting [with the producers], and I didn't realize how nervous I was until I met him! He's definitely one of the most charismatic and charming people I have ever met. I wasn't ready, I don't think. I was laughing and red and embarrassed and probably ridiculous looking.

E!: How very Rose-like of you!
Lauren Stamile: Yeah, I was so very much myself during that audition. I wasn't sure at first if that was good or if that was bad. I guess it wasn't too bad.

E!: So, how jealous are your friends that you're smooching McDreamy?
Lauren Stamile: Very! [Laughs] I would be, too, if I were them. My family is very excited. I can't quite believe that's really my job!

E!: What was it like to film that first kiss? Please be specific for our female readers!
Lauren Stamile: I was nervous. A scene like that is always nerve-racking, it just is. And usually my way of coping with things like that is talking about it. So, I said to him, are you freaking out? Because I'm freaking out. I was very upset I didn't have hair in that scene, I had the shower cap on. I don't even look cute, I look like a turtle. So, I spent time making fun of myself and then he made fun of me, too. We laughed our way through it. It ended up being very comfortable and nice, actually. But it was definitely a nerve-racking day.

E!: Now the money question: Will there be more kisses for Derek and Rose?
Lauren Stamile: I don't know. I think I'm like everybody else in that I don't know what's going to happen. I think their relationship could kind of go either way. I guess we'll have to wait until things start up again after the strike.

E!: Have you heard what the fans are saying about Rose?
Lauren Stamile: I've heard some. I try not to look at the blogs or anything like that, because I am sure there are many people who are not happy. But my family and friends tell me, "Oh, yes. There are people who are not happy." But there are people who are happy, too, so I'm sure that's probably happening.

E!: What do you want to happen for Derek and Rose?
Lauren Stamile: Well, gosh. I was a very big fan of the show before this job, and there was an episode where Derek was saying to Meredith, "I want to have children with you, I want my life with you and I will wait." And I remember, when I was watching that episode, I was like, "Oh! I hope nobody comes along, that's awful, they need to be together!" And now I'm realizing,"Oh, that might be me." So, I think they've been going on a back-and-forth thing for a long time, and I think sometimes, the way you truly value somebody is to see what it's like not to have them. It might even be good for their relationship if things took a turn for a little while. And if that involves me, I would be very pleased. [Laughs]

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Grey's Anatomy Quotes

Meredith: You're me.
Amelia: What?
Meredith: You're me before Derek. I can be here for you. I can do this. I get you. I can be a twisted sister for you. Just tell me how do you want to play this?

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)