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TV Fanatic Exclusive Interview: Sarah Drew Discusses New Grey's Anatomy Season, Big April Episode!

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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 ...

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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.

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ana114, even if you're right I don't think that's the BIG secret that will change all the millions of people who hate "April" into liking her. So if she's a virgin, I still don't care 'bout this character. It has to be something else or more.

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@Lina April is such a child that in the finale when she ran out to meet Derek on the bridge while Clark was pointing a gun at Derek, she ran like a child looking for her father to protect her and calm her down.

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@Lina How about when she told Lexie that she has never felt what she felt for Derek before. I guessing she is virgin not just because she told Clark that she has never been love, but because she acts like a child. Her mannerism, the way she talks, the way she dresses, and even the way her hair is parted is done in a child's way. Only an inexperience person in the field of love, doesn't know how to hide the fact that she has crush on a married man. On man she works with side by side, who is her boss. April is a child mentally, yes she is a doctor but that doesn't mean that she has experience life at least not like the other characters. She probably has dedicated her life to be a doctor and has forgotten how to have a life outside of being a doctor, with this it is entirely possible that April's secret is that she is a virgin.

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Don't really care what happens to April...just hope she stays in the background, where all the "extras" belong. Give the precious screentime to the real Greys characters. Sorry, just don't care about her.

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I was dreading this. I'm so not into this 'if Mer accepts her so must GA fans' angle given us by SR. Her big surprise? She has an irritating twin, she's from a religious community and ran away, or she was going to be a nun. LOL!

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ana114, but that doesn't have to mean she's a virgin. Mabye she just meant that she haven't found THE ONE yet...

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I love April and Jackson! :)

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April's secret is that she is a virgin still, remember when she told Clark that she never being love.

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Any alum of Everwood makes a show much better. Except Bright on Parks and Recreation. He stinks.

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april? omg, i dont care about her..

Grey's Anatomy Quotes

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)

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.

Meredith
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