April Kepner may not have gotten off on the right foot with Grey's Anatomy fans, but don't take that out on Sarah Drew. She is awesome - and she recently spoke with TV Fanatic in an exclusive interview about her character and the show's seventh season!
Below, she describes how her character copes with the events of May's finale and teases what's next for April and the rest of the Seattle Grace surgeons starting next week ...
Sarah in last season's finale. [Photo: ABC]
How are things going on the set of Grey’s Anatomy?
It’s really fun. I love being here, I love being at work. The cast and crew are amazing and so much fun. It’s a blast. I’m excited because episode three is a big April episode, so I’m looking forward to sinking my teeth into that one.
What is the third episode about?
April has a big secret that is revealed and it opens the door for a lot of possibilities for her. It’s a delicious little secret.What can we look to for this season?
Basically, the season premiere picks up a few weeks after the event of the season finale. We’re seeing all of the characters dealing with the trauma they’ve just gone through in different ways. James Tupper is guest starring is a grief counselor and he’s the gatekeeper to all of us to allow us back into surgery. It’s really cool because it really shows the kinds of human reaction that could happen to this particular situation. Some people are scared to go back into surgery where others are desperate to get back into surgery, whether or not they are ready. There are also people that just jump right back on the horse and then you have no idea when they are going to crack and explode.
Tell me about April’s character this season.
For the first two episodes, she ends up getting right back on the horse and getting right back into surgery. She’s one of the first people to be cleared for surgery. I have a feeling she’s going to have to crack at some point. She went through a lot and for her to easily swing back into surgical duties is…who knows. April is on top of things from the get go, and doesn’t really care.
Could you do that?
No, I would definitely go to therapy. I would deal with everything, I would cry and mourn. I’m also very emotion. April has been very emotional, she’s done a lot of crying on the show, but she’s more of a stuffer. It’s definitely not healthy. She has a moment where you can see her real guilt of getting Derek shot, but outside of that, you don’t really see her dealing with anything yet. I bet that’s coming. April has a lot of insecurities and deals with those by being very passive-aggressive, which is very not me.
You also appeared on Glee. How was that experience?
It was amazing. I’m obsessed, obsessed, obsessed with that show. It was so much fun. That show is hilariously written and a delightful people to be around. I had a blast playing uber, uber weird and awkward. [laughs]
Do you have any other projects going on?
Grey’s Anatomy is taking up my time. But I just had a movie that premiered in Newport Beach Film Festival called Tug, which is a romantic comedy with Sam Huntington and Haylie Duff and Zachary Knighton. I’m not sure what’s happening with it.