How Jessica Capshaw Said Goodbye to Grey's Anatomy
The time has finally come. The goodbyes have been said, the filming has been completed, and for veteran Grey's Anatomy actor Jessica Capshaw, the final drive home from the studio has been taken. Tuesday was a sentimental day for Capshaw, who documented her final day at work on Grey's Anatomy before officially exiting the show. After nine years playing Dr. Arizona Robbins, Capshaw's tenure on the show has come to a close, and fans were lucky enough to be treated to moments from Capshaw's final day.
On Tuesday, Capshaw hopped on Instagram to tease to fans that the day had finally arrived. "OK, ready for some bananas information? Today is my last day filming at Prospect Studios. Not my last day filming on Grey's Anatomy, but my last day filming at Prospect Studios," she explained to her fans. "Full of lots of nostalgia."
The documentation didn't stop there. A short while later, Capshaw hopped onto Twitter to confirm that she was making her final drive home from set. From the sound of the tweet, the bittersweet feelings were apparently starting to set in — hard. "Last drive from home to the studios this morning...TEN YEARS of commuting to reflect upon in 35 mins...wooaaahhh...," Capshaw tweeted to the world.
The impulse to get a bit reflective must have set in a short while after that, ostensibly once Capshaw had processed that she's actually filmed her last ever Grey's Anatomy scenes at the studio. A short while after that tweet, Capshaw went back to Instagram to post a proper photo, and this time, she paired the photo — which is her looking skyward with a smile — with this hopeful caption and a ton of blue heart emoji: "Blue skies ahead..."
Capshaw's departure from Grey's Anatomy might still feel a bit sudden for many fans, who only learned back in March that she and fellow Grey's star Sarah Drew were leaving after nearly a decade on the show. The announcement came out of nowhere, but we get the sense it's a good move for everyone, from Shonda Rhimes to Drew and Capshaw, who posted statements saying there was nothing but love even though there would be lots of goodbyes in store.
Rhimes offered a heartfelt statement to the public, writing, "It’s always hard for me to say goodbye to any of my characters. Both Arizona Robbins and April Kepner are not only beloved but iconic — both the LBGTQ and devout Christian communities are underrepresented on TV. I will be forever grateful to both Jessica and Sarah for bringing these characters to life with such vibrant performance and for inspiring women around the globe. They will always be a part of our Shondaland family."
For her part, Capshaw wrote about how meaningful it was and what a pleasure it was to play her character. "For the past 10 years, I have had the rare privilege of not only playing Arizona Robbins, but also being madly in love with playing her," she wrote, later writing, "I am sad to see her go, but I am consoled by the idea that she will continue to live on and on in all of our consciences and our imaginations. Shonda, thank you for the ride on this incredible rollercoaster."
What does the future hold for Capshaw? Well, she hasn't made her intentions known just yet, but there are no new projects listed on her IMDb page, so something tells me she's going to be resting up and enjoying some personal time with her family right now. I can't blame her; after nine years, she's earned it.