Caterina Scorsone Promoted to Private Practice Series Regular

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Private Practice has done the obvious and promoted Caterina Scorsone, who plays Dr. Amelia Shepherd, little sister of Grey's Anatomy's Derek, to series regular status.

"It's so fantastic for so many reasons," Scorsone told TV Guide. "Everyone is generous and fantastic, so to know that's going to be my home for a while is pretty nice."

Amelia was introduced at the tail end of Season Three, when she clashed with the Oceanside Wellness doctors over whether she could save one of their patient's lives.

"She's very complex," says Scorsone, who actually went to medical school before deciding she would rather play doctor than be a doctor. "She inspires a whole rainbow of emotions in all the people around her. She's lovable and annoying at the same time."

"She's also tough and fragile at the same time."

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Scorsone has yet to work with Patrick Dempsey, who plays her on-screen brother, but is itching to, and it's only a matter of time. Why write her as his sister otherwise?

"It is a little bit intimidating," she admits.

"Just kowing how passionate people are, wanting to honor their expectations in the relationship with Derek, who is so deeply a part of people's journey on this show."

Executive producer Shonda Rhimes says the writers were already discussing a Shepherd-centric crossover. "We've absolutely been talking about that," adds Scorsone.

The 28-year-old notes: "Based on the history we've already established between Amelia and Derek, there definitely has to be some sort of encounter at some point."

As for the Season 4 premiere of Private Practice, which the cast is currently shooting, Scorsone says the story will pick up a few weeks in the aftermath of Dell's death.

"Everyone's had a little time to process and grieve," she says.

What do you think of Amelia becoming a permanent fixture in SoCal? How do you think the crossover of Big and Little McDreamy should happen? Discuss!

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bleck - i don't like her character at all - very annoying!


She's okay. Hopefully she'll befriend Sheldon so he'll no longer be the outside man after Violet and Charlotte and move on.


I think this is great news. I love Amelia, especially with how straight forward she is with what she thinks. If only people listened to her a little bit more instead of discarding her advice and treating her like some ignorant kid. I really, really hope this means bringing Mama Shepherd in. I love her!


wow amazing that we are going to have amaeila here she is a shephard and a fan of addison cool i love her already


I've seen a lot of people saying they dislike Amelia. I couldn't really have a mention of it since I don't watch Private Practice, but I recently watched episodes 3x19-23. I was told these are the only episodes Amelia has been in. She doesn't seem like a bitch or anything. I think her and Meredith would actually get along. They were both dead at one time in their life. Amelia and Meredith agree that living is better than the death alternative. In fact, I would think Amelia would respect Meredith if she found out a little about Meredith's past.


I think it's great to have amelia on the show.... She'll bring something new to the show on a regular basis, it doesn't matter how she is to derek and mer.... Their encounter is bound to be fun and dramatic... Can't wait for the pp and greys cross over...


Even though its weird to have Addison's former siter-in-law on the show, with her brother on the other Rhime's show, I still like Amelia and I've been waiting to hear this news!
It should be interesting to see where this goes. I still think this is a better idea than making Sheldon a series regular.
But can we get some new diversity on the show?




We now have met two of Derek's sisters. Will we meet the other two? One of the sisters hasn't even got a name yet, unless I've missed something I only want to bring Der's mom for another more prolonged visit.


I only watch a bit of private- mainly Grey's and from the little bit that i've watched on private practise i really like amelia and the of course she was going to have an episode or 2 on Grey's because otherwise they wouldn't have made her his sister so it has sort of been a long time coming. I think that they should bring back mama sheperd because i loved her and that woulb be a fun episode if they both come. she and addison are really the only people on private practise that i care about so i think they should both come back and private practise should end especially because they also killed like the 3rd best character. and i'm sorry but i HAT HATE HATE addison and sam its so gross and bcejofhfwj i HATE them

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