Sarah Drew Exclusive: “I had no idea…”

THE STAR SCOOP:
As you probably know, there was a lot of backlash to your character [April] and we hate to say this but a lot of people wondered why she wasn’t killed off in the season finale! Did you feel the backlash was against the character or did you feel it was a little against yourself as well.

SARAH DREW:
No matter what, it’s hard to separate yourself from the character that you play. I’ve been feeling a little bit of backlash. I play someone who has insecurities and the insecurities do not come out always in the most attractive ways. I was playing the role that I was given, that was written on the page.

The biggest thing that people did not like about my character was they thought I was a threat for the Mer/Der relationship, which I kind of found was super ridiculous, that anybody would think that little April could threaten that relationship [laughs], given who Meredith is, given who Derek is, and given who April is.

I never saw it as anything that would ever transpire into something that might threaten them. I only saw it as a really pathetic little crush [laughs].

THE STAR SCOOP:
Were you surprised then, that people saw it that way?

SARAH DREW:
Yeah. The first couple episodes, she’s super passive-aggressive. She was made out to be sort of an enemy, especially to Lexie in the first episode that I was in. They wrote my character to stir the pot a little bit.

She’s already been established as someone who is not completely likable. You can’t just switch the character immediately. I think it’s taken some time to allow for April to be redeemed in some ways this season.

The writers are doing a fabulous job of really bringing April into the fold and she still has her obnoxious quirks, of course, which I think make her really fun to play, and make her a really interesting character. I’d rather play someone who has crazy quirks like that than just play another pretty face.

THE STAR SCOOP:
People are definitely starting to come around to April. Do you think there’s anything in particular as to why that’s happening or how that’s happening?

SARAH DREW:
She’s being plugged into the community. Meredith has really taken her under her wing, is really looking out for her. Having Meredith come around to April helps the audience come around to April.

But I also just think the writers are revealing more and more about the more rounded character that April is. We discovered in episode three that she’s a virgin. That in and of itself brought some people around to her. I have a feeling there are a lot of virgins out there that watch our show! [Laughs]

THE STAR SCOOP:
Did you know that that was going to be an aspect of her character all along, or was that something that was new to you?

SARAH DREW:
No. Totally new. I had no idea. I discovered it at the table read. One of my first lines in that episode was like, What’s the problem? It’s not like it’s impossible for someone to be a 27 year-old virgin. And everybody in the room started laughing. I was like, oh, Shonda, what have you done? [Laughs]

There certainly has never been a 28 year-old virgin on Grey’s. I don’t even think there’s been a 28 year-old virgin on television [laughs]. Unless it’s someone who is sort of a recluse. A normal, smart, doctor….pretty, healthy…that in and of itself is really fascinating, and really interesting, and totally different.

It’s neat to see someone who is just totally clueless in that area. Everyone else seems  like they know exactly what they’re doing. April is totally, totally clueless. Shonda told one of the directors, there are virgins that have sort of done everything else. But not April. April’s really pretty much done nothing. She’s completely untouched.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Do you think there’s going to be any potential romance for April with any of the supporting characters?

SARAH DREW:
I don’t know! They haven’t started anything yet. We’re shooting episode 10 right now. There hasn’t been anything that’s cropped up yet. I can’t say anything else! Episode 8 in particular is one to watch.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Did you watch Grey’s before you were on? Did you have a favorite story line that you were following?

SARAH DREW:
Yeah. I loved Grey’s. My husband and I have watched it from day one. I kept calling Ellen [Pompeo] Meredith, like all last season [laughs], without meaning to. That’s how I knew all of these people. I loved Izzie/Denny. I loved that storyline so much. I’ve always really loved the Mark/Lexie storyline. You just wouldn’t expect it. This tough, super-hot guy who loves the sweet, young, neurotic a little bit, girl. There’s something that’s really kind of precious about that.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Being a newly full regular cast member on Grey’s probably keeps you pretty busy. But do you have any other projects or things on the horizon that your fans might want to know about?

SARAH DREW:
Grey’s is keeping me really, really busy. I don’t really have time to do anything else!

I did just start writing. My writing partner, who is also an actor, named Leonardo Nam, we wrote a pilot that actually placed in a writing contest…but that all happened as soon as Grey’s was starting to shoot, and I just haven’t had any time to work on it anymore. But that is something we’re hoping to put forward sooner rather than later.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Anything else before we let you go?

SARAH DREW:
Next week’s episode, episode 7, is a really big hero episode for April. It’s really fun and funny, so tell fans to tune in for sure to episode 7!

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