Sarah Drew Speaks on Grey's Anatomy Character

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The promotion of Sarah Drew (April) to full-time series regular status on Grey's Anatomy next season understandably elicited mixed reactions from legions of fans.

Being obsessed with Derek wasn't a good way to get in viewers' good books, and nearly getting him killed during the harrowing hostage-themed finale didn’t help.

You can count Sarah Drew herself among April's critics.

In a Q&A with Entertainment Weekly, the actress reflects on her roller-coaster first year on the show and what we might see from her this fall. Excerpts below:

On being "part of the tribe" after the finale: I definitely had that feeling. April was kind of annoying this past season. [Laughs] Neurotic and really insecure."

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"This was the first time she was able to band together - both with Cristina and Meredith - to help solve a [crisis]. Most of my stuff before was with Patrick [Dempsey] and fawning over him awkwardly. So this was the first opportunity to actually bond in a positive way with them."

"They say tragedy brings people together, so I guess that’s what happened."

On whether April can be redeemed: "Lord, I hope so. [Laughs] I think [the heart-to-heart April had with Mer in the finale] was a gigantic step forward."

"The thing that’s fun about April is she creates controversy and that’s interesting to watch, even though people might hate her for it. The people pleaser that I am, I always want everyone to like me and my character, so it’s hard for me as an actress. But I think as a character she’s so interesting, because she stirs stuff up between Meredith and Derek."

On a Mer-Der-April triangle: "This is my own speculation, but I don’t think that she’s going to come between Meredith and Derek. I don’t see it happening after everything that transpired in the finale. After her hearing how much Meredith is in love with Derek. After she witnessed the miscarriage. It feels like April’s going to move on."

On being hired then re-hired: "I definitely did my fair share of sweating in the past year. It’s all been really good news, though. Shonda wrote April for me because I’ve worked with her twice before. I walked into this role knowing it was only two episodes."

"I knew my character was going to be fired, so I wasn’t expecting anything beyond those two episodes. And then they called me the morning after the “firing episode” aired to check my availability and talk about a contract, and I was just floored."

"It was wonderful because when I came back to work I had so much support. A lot of the cast members were like, “We were rallying for you to stay. We’re so glad you’re back.” It was a wonderful surprise to move past those two episodes."

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Sarah Drew seems nice but I will still hate April, even if she finds the cure for a horrible disease. I want her gone. I don't want to know her story or whatever. I already have characters I care and love.


I have always loved Sarah Drew and this interview is another example of why. I really do hope April is less annoying next season


Is inaccurate to say that "April stir stuff up between Mer and Der" because it didn't happen. Meredith didn't give April much thought and Derek didn't even notice her, in any other way than a eager resident. So to say that "April stir stuff up between Mer and Der" is inaccurate. All April did was look pathetic,stupid, and like a child because it was obvious that Derek didn't notice her at all, and she didn't take the hint. I do agree with SD that the crush crap is over, if is not over April is never going to be redeem or accepted.


After this, i'm slightly more forgiving of April's annoying-ness. And i do hope she moves on, she was excellent in the finale, even if she did get derek shot -_-" I'm happy as long as she doesn't persue Derek.

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