Over the years, fans of ABC’s long-running medi-drama Grey’s Anatomy have gotten used to saying goodbye. Whether it’s our favorite characters getting killed off or guest arcs ending too soon, we’ve learned not to get too attached. But it’s about time to shake that up, right? Grey’s needs some new blood (please don’t take that literally, Shonda Rhimes).
Yes, the show recently introduced a new group of residents, but to be honest, it’s not enough. That’s why we think the show should add a few fresh, strong female perspectives into the mix. And we suggest they start by poring over the list of possibilities below.
1. Bethany Joy Lenz
Raise your hand if you were super-excited to see this One Tree Hill alum show up at Grey Sloan. Admittedly, it wasn’t under the best circumstances for her, seeing as her guest arc consisted of playing the abused fiancée of Jo’s abusive ex-husband. But now that he’s gone (RIP, ya jerk), Lenz should stick around. Her character seems cool AF, and she understands Jo in a way her other friends can’t.
2. Tatyana Ali
Speaking of our ‘90s obsessions, what about this Fresh Prince fan favorite? Ali certainly has the smarts needed to nail the complicated medical lingo — she graduated from Harvard University (and is married to a Stanford professor!).
3. Francia Raisa
I mean, she gave Selena Gomez a kidney IRL, so she has some pertinent medical experience. She’s obviously kind, giving her an edge in the bedside manner department. Perhaps she could pop into Grey’s for a cameo during her downtime in filming Grown-ish.
4. Julianna Margulies
Here’s the thing: we haven’t seen nearly enough of Margulies since The Good Wife ended. Although she is slated to star in the AMC series Dietland this year, we’re still waiting for that to come to fruition. In the meantime, she could return to her hospital roots (shout-out to ER) by joining the staff at Grey Sloan.
5. Judy Reyes
Reyes first won our hearts when she played everyone’s favorite feisty nurse, Carla, on Scrubs. And since we’re on the subject of nurses, they don’t get nearly enough attention on Grey’s. We propose bringing Reyes in as the head of nursing to remedy this problem — stat.
6. Christina Applegate
Honestly, we just love Applegate. Who doesn’t, really? We can all agree that her last recurring TV role on Up All Night didn’t last nearly long enough. Plus, she has endured some serious health hurdles of her own and could possibly use the role to help raise awareness for important issues like women’s health screenings.
7. Liza Koshy
Since this super-popular YouTuber has crossed over into TV, the timing is perfect for her to start venturing into more serious territory. Of course, that’s not to say we want Koshy to ditch her trademark comedic chops, either. The halls of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital could use a bit more humor.
8. Troian Bellisario
In the spirit of full disclosure, we’re still trying to accept that Pretty Little Liars has officially ended. Seeing one of our favorite stars from the show on Grey’s each week would certainly help ease the pain. Adopting the role of a young doctor wouldn’t be too much of a stretch for Bellisario, who proved she can play smart and complex characters with PLL‘s Spencer Hastings.
9. Shannon Purser
Stranger Things may have killed off poor Barb at the beginning, but maybe Purser — the actress who brought Barb to life (and also death) — would last longer at Grey Sloan. Then again, this is Grey Sloan we’re talking about.
10. Sasha Lane
Lane is just at the start of her career and is already crushing it. She’s mainly doing movies (like the upcoming reboot of Hellboy), but a cameo or recurring role on Grey’s could be a good segue into TV for her.
11. Monica Potter
Let’s just get this out of way right now — we miss seeing Potter on Parenthood. When she was starring in the CBS crime procedural Wisdom of the Crowd, the network dropped it. We need more Potter. Bonus? If she comes to Grey Sloan, we can pretend like her character on Patch Adams wasn’t killed (still sobbing over that one).
12. Alyvia Alyn Lind
Plot twist! Lind would play the little girl that Mark Sloan’s daughter, Sloan Riley, gave up for adoption. She comes back into the picture years after his death, which finally gives Callie and Arizona the incentive they need to make amends and come back together. Great idea, right?!