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Sarah Drew Dishes on Dream Grey's Anatomy Gig

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Before joining the cast of Grey's Anatomy, Sarah Drew made a name for herself with memorable stints on Everwood, Mad Men, Supernatural, Private Practice and more.

In a new interview, she opens up about what's next for Dr. April Kepner, what it's like working with the cast of Grey's Anatomy, her other roles and what TV she loves.

Excerpts from her Q&A with Digital Airwaves' Brittany Frederick below ...

On what's coming up for April: "There’s a little spark of interest romantically that begins to happen, but it does not go according to plan. We’re going to see her sort of dealing with that. They’re really playing with the fact that my character’s a virgin."

S. Drew

On being promoted to series regular: "It’s pretty amazing. I came on to the show and I was told from day one that I was only going to be there for two episodes."

"I knew from day one that my character was getting fired after two episodes. I did not expect anything beyond that. The morning my firing episode aired, my agent got a call that they were talking about a contract and I was just completely floored."

On the benefits of such a large cast: "It’s kind of the most ideal situation for an actor because you have time to have a real life. Some episodes I’ll only be working three days, other episodes will be heavier and I’ll have a lot more work. It’s a really nice situation."

"I wake up every morning pinching myself. It’s so rare to be part of a show that’s so well written and everyone is so lovely to be around. I’m so happy to be where I am."

On working with Shonda Rhimes: "[Private Practice] was the first time that I worked for Shonda. She cast me in that role and then I did her pilot that she did last pilot season (Inside the Box). After doing her pilot, she brought me on to Grey’s."

On guest starring on Glee and Mad Men: "I was beside myself because I grew up doing musical theater. I totally related to that character. But I didn’t really know what the scope of it was. Doing Mad Men was one of those beautiful artistic moments to me. Mad Men is a really, really special show. It’s written incredibly well. So I was just excited to sink my teeth into that material."

On shows she'd love to be on: "I really wanted to go and do something on Friday Night Lights. That was my favorite show. There’s a new show with my friend Garret Dillahunt called Raising Hope. We met a long time ago when I first graduated from college."

On the other shows she loves: "I also love like House and Bones. I watch some of those procedural shows. I watch True Blood and Vampire Diaries. Rookie Blue, I love. I was always watching Grey’s from day one. Anything with heart and interesting characters."

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I love her so much, it's so funny watching her on Grey's because her character is so similar on Everwood

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Sarah Drew = Nice person. April Kepner = Biggest waste of screentime ever.

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@fifi I think you right, I've been think the same thing for awhile. I think originally Shonda wasn't planning on bring April back but then when it was confirmed that KH wasn't coming back from her maternity leave she decided to bring April back to replace KH.

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I have a theory about SD rejoining GA when she thought she was done. I wonder if she got invited back because KH decided to leave? SR seems to have wanted to have toadd a male and female doc to replace the male and female docs that got written out. Only a thoery of mine, that's all

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I meant but, no bute.

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Bute April is not that nice. I don´t know why is she on the show. The character is horrible.

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She is so nice!

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