Pretty much since the moment she left the show, Grey’s Anatomy fans have been clamoring for Sara Ramirez to return. In the 10 years she starred as Dr. Callie Torres, she was a fan-favorite character — and for good reason too. Callie was not only one of the most visibly and proudly bisexual characters on TV during her run, but she was a badass woman to cheer for.
But could she actually return to Grey’s Anatomy? The current season has already been full of surprises, and if Ramirez does return, it will also be somewhat unexpected. But fans shouldn’t rule it out, because Ramirez hasn’t denied a return to the show just yet. Instead, she’s teased it, voicing her excitement to appear on the show should Shonda Rhimes ask her to do so.
“When Shonda [Rhimes] and I last spoke, we agreed to keep the conversations going, and she knows I’m open to keeping those conversations going,” Ramirez told Entertainment Weekly about the possibility of a return.
But that’s all she’s saying about that. We’ll all just have to continue wondering if this is wishful thinking or if Callie and Penny might have another shot at love one day.
What Ramirez does know, though, is that she made the right decision in leaving Grey’s to focus on LGBTQ activism.
“It has been a really full year and a half,” she explained. “Taking a step back from the industry has allowed me to take space and get even more clear about things that are important to me. Coming out publicly was an organic decision and one that I spent a lot of energy and time making. It was incremental, not a spur-of-the-moment decision.”
Ramirez continued, “By the time the Orlando shooting happened, especially in the context of the political climate escalating, I felt an urgency around coming out publicly in ways that I haven’t felt before. This past year and a half has taught me how to embrace myself fully, to never ever be afraid to claim my truth and power in spaces, and that bisexual, pansexual, queer-identified women of color, of all genders, or no genders, deserve to exist fully and equally in any and every space with respect to our visibility, representation, dignity, and various intersecting identities.”
We love activist Ramirez, but we also miss Callie. Can we please have both?