Grey's Anatomy Casts Young Richard and Ellis

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In preparation for its upcoming flashback episode, Grey’s Anatomy has tapped J. August Richards and Sarah Paulson to play young versions of Richard Webber and Ellis Grey.

The circa 1982 versions of the Chief and Meredith's mom will be seen on the show's February 18 episode, appropriately titled “Time Warp,” and the story should be intriguing.

The episode is expected to shed light on the beginnings of the affair between Richard and Ellis, and there are other flashbacks occurring as well, although not all from 1982.

In separate sequences, we’ll see Bailey in her pre-Nazi days, and Callie shortly before she was introduced on the show's second season. Young Thatcher is also being cast.

What are your thoughts on the casting of Richards and Paulson? Both are quality actors, and look like they could pass for young versions of their respective characters, right?

J. August Richards Picture
Sarah Paulson Picture

J. August Richards and Sarah Paulson will play young Richard and Ellis.

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He looks a bit younger than her.:P But I think they could pass for younger versions of Richard and Ellis. Also, can't wait to see pre-Nazi Bailey.:)


I don't know anything about them because i don't ever see him and on she ,i listen something but this is.Okey they are Richard and Ellis by young.The chief is him that he has the flashback because Richard at all disappiars,this is my idea...


They sort of pass for Richard and Ellis but I think that Shonda and them could have done better.


I love, love, love Sarah Paulson! I don't care if she looks enough like older Ellis or not. (Really, they can't ever get an adult actor who looks enough like the original, so close is good enough for me.)


i dont think they match as ellis and richard but it will be interesting how work the characterization team!....
i cannot wait


Loved Sarah Paulson as Ellis! I really like her, and think she'll do a great job!


those actors* Sorry. Lol.


OMG! J. August Richards! I haven't seen him on a show in forever! I think they two actors will play a great young Ellis and Richard. =)

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Grey's Anatomy Quotes

CRISTINA: "There's a club. The Dead Dads Club. And you can't be in it until you're in it. You can try to understand, you can sympathize. But until you feel that loss... My dad died when I was nine. George, I'm really sorry you had to join the club."
GEORGE: "I... I don't know how to exist in a world where my dad doesn't."
CRISTINA: "Yeah, that never really changes."

MEREDITH: "You don't get to call me a whore. When I met you, I thought I had found the person that I was going to spend the rest of my life with. I was done! All the boys and all the bars and all the obvious daddy issues, who cares? I was done. You left me. You chose Addison. I'm all glued back together now. I make no apologies for how I chose to repair what you broke. You don't get to call me a whore."
DEREK: "This thing with us is finished. It's over."
MEREDITH: "Finally."
DEREK: "Yeah, it's done."
MEREDITH: "It is done."