Sarah Drew Reflects on Her 'Profound & Incredible' Time on Grey's Anatomy

Aug 17, 2018 at 1:24 p.m. ET
Still of Sarah Drew and Justin Bruening on 'Grey's Anatomy'
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Production on the historic 15th season of Grey's Anatomy is already underway, and many cast members have already expressed how excited they are to be a part of the highly anticipated "Season of Love." Sadly, not everyone will be able to participate — like former Grey's star Sarah Drew, who played Dr. April Kepner for the better part of nine years. In Drew's case, all she can do right now is reflect on her time on the show and recall all the highs (and one serious low) she experienced during her run.  

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In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Drew wasn't afraid to get candid about her time on Grey's. That reflection began with ripping off the proverbial Band-Aid and recalling to the news outlet in vivid detail what it was like the day she learned she'd been fired. 

"It was in the afternoon, and I went back to my trailer and I did my crying and called my people. A whole bunch of people came into my trailer to give me hugs and cry with me and tell me they were so sad I was leaving. I was supposed to be shadowing Kevin this whole episode with the hope that I would get to direct an episode of Grey's, but [after being let go] it seemed like wasn't a possibility anymore," she told THR. 

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And while she did call the whole process of getting fired but still having to work that day a "painful" time (the firing was because "they needed to downsize because they couldn't service all of the characters effectively," she explained), Drew also said that she is "a believer in things happening for a reason and finding beauty in the midst of grief." For that reason, it would seem, she can now look back at her time on Grey's and speak of it in the kindest, most genuine terms. 

"I don't regret or begrudge anybody this season of my life. I'm embracing it. I had a profound and incredible season of my life on Grey's Anatomy. I got to tell stories I believed in. I got to work with Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers and learn from the best. I got to work with an incredible community of people that I will have lifelong friendships with," Drew said. "I got to build a platform and have my children in an environment where I was cared for because of who Shonda is and how she takes care of her mamas and her women. It's hard for me to come up with anything I could be angry about."

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With that lovingly Zen attitude about her departure from Grey's, it seems like Drew is taking on a considerably less hectic work schedule these days. She jumped into a reboot of the hit '80s show Cagney & Lacey, which didn't get picked up, but her IMDb indicates that she has just two other projects in the works: the feature film Indivisible and a short film titled A Cohort of Guests. From there, anything is possible, and we're pretty darn excited to see what Drew does next.

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