FoxNews Latino: Sara Ramirez of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Dishes On The Challenge Of Producing An Episode All About Her

 

Sara Ramirez of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Dishes On The Challenge Of Producing An Episode All About Her

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    GREY’S ANATOMY – “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” – When an unexpected malpractice suit turns Callie’s world upside down, her supportive father (Hector Elizondo) arrives and shares an interesting secret with her. Meanwhile, through flashbacks, we learn some surprising details about Callie and Arizona’s marriage, on “Grey’s Anatomy,” THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Danny Feld)SARA RAMIREZ (© 2013 AMERICAN BROADCASTING COMPANIES, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.)

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    GREY’S ANATOMY – “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” – When an unexpected malpractice suit turns Callie’s world upside down, her supportive father (Hector Elizondo) arrives and shares an interesting secret with her. Meanwhile, through flashbacks, we learn some surprising details about Callie and Arizona’s marriage, on “Grey’s Anatomy,” THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Danny Feld)SARA RAMIREZ, HECTOR ELIZONDO (© 2013 AMERICAN BROADCASTING COMPANIES, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.)

“Grey’s Anatomy” star Sara Ramirez was asked to do something that very few actors in a TV ensemble cast ever do: Act in almost every single scene of an episode.

In the Thursday night episode of ABC’s hit show, the 38-year-old actress will be in all but one scene of the heavily emotional episode.

Titled, “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word,” the episode features Ramirez’s character Callie Torres, an orthopedic surgeon in Seattle, being sued for malpractice. Her professional and personal lives are thrown upside down and put to the test.

“When I found out this was going to happen, I thought ‘how am I going to do this’,” she told Fox News Latino on Wednesday. “And then you just do it. The crew does this every day – being there from the morning and to the end of the day.”

Ramirez, who was born in Mexico but grew up in San Diego, said that during the two weeks it took to film the episode, she really needed to listen to her body that was not used to working 12 to 4-hour days. She gave a lot of credit to director Jeannor Szwarc and her team for being flexible in giving her time to go home and rest.

“You have to maintain your stamina,” Ramirez said. “It can be very difficult to film a TV show because a lot of machinery moving. You just have to mindful, drinking a lot of water.”

She continued: “You go back to the basics to show up and do the work,” noting that there were days her body would need sleep, but other days she would workout during her lunch break. “You just really need to be in tune with your body.”

Ramirez, who won a Tony award for her portrayal of “Lady of the Lake” on Broadway, said working on the episode was a riveting experience and she is excited to see how it turned out.

“I have not seen it yet,” she said. “I will be seeing it live with everyone else.”

The episode provided an opportunity to film scenes in locations other than the usual set, such as in a courthouse.

Joining as a special guest is actor Hector Elizondo, known for his many roles in Garry Marshall films. He returns to “Grey’s.” playing Callie’s father, Carlos.

“Hector is such an awesome actor,” said Ramirez, gushing about her on-screen dad. “He brings so much humor and comedy to the set… We picked up right where we left off.”

The lawsuit is a continuous twist in the steadfast roller coaster  the cast and fans of the show have been riding for two seasons that has included a plane crash, buying a hospital – and in Callie’s case, an amputation, cheating and a separation with her on-screen love Arizona, played by actress Jessica Capshaw.

“These writers – they trust us with these storylines,” Ramirez said. “And it’s a fantastic opportunity to play the drama and the comedic tones. It stretches us as an actor to convince the audience of the storyline.”

When asked about what fans can expect about any reconciliation between her character and Capshaw’s character, Ramirez played coy, noting, “through the malpractice lawsuit you will learn things about her relationship with Arizona and she will make a decision based on that.”

Then she let out some laughter.

“That’s a good answer, right?”

When Ramirez isn’t playing a hardcore, rock star orthopedic surgeon on “Grey’s”, fans can catch her as Queen Miranda in the animated Disney show, “Sofia the First.”

Ramirez said the show had great impact on  her, noting it was full of compassion and integrity, giving an example to how young girls learn important life lessons.

“It’s really powerful to understand that these elements are important to have,” she said, adding, “These life lessons are universal. And they do it through music, which keeps it fun.”

Fans of “Grey’s Anatomy” will be able to interact with the show’s star on Twitter. Ramirez tweeted to more than 170,000 followers that she will be live-tweeting during the east coast and west coast airings of the show.

“Grey’s Anatomy” airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on ABC.

 

Source: FoxNews Latino

EW: Sara Ramirez previews Callie-centric ‘Grey’s Anatomy’: ‘She reaches the kind of breaking point we don’t expect’

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Grey’s Anatomy‘s resident orthopedic attending, Callie Torres, is no stranger to tragedy. Since first appearing on the show, she’s been married (twice), and cheated on (twice), not to mention that her ex-husband was then killed, and there was also that time she and her unborn daughter almost died in a car accident. And let’s not even get into the shooting or the plane crash aftermath. Rather, let’s skip ahead to the silver lining of all of her tragedies: They’ve made for some really entertaining television. It sounds horrible to say, but we aren’t the only ones who think so. “Somebody actually stopped me on the street the other day – no it was on set, she was visiting set – and said, ‘I have so enjoyed watching your tragedies through the years.’ It was like the strangest compliment I’ve ever gotten,” Ramirez said.

So what tragedy is Callie in for tonight? Surprisingly, her life won’t be the thing on the line. Her career, on the other hand, is the target of a malpractice suit. Yep, Grey’s is headed into the courtroom. “A lot of [this episode] is in the courtroom,” Ramirez said. “And we had an incredible director, Jeannot Szwarc, who has a lot of experience filming shows likeThe Practice, so he really got what that needs to look like, setting that kind of tone. It’s very different.”

Along with seeing Callie outside of the hospital, fans will also see a familiar face by her side when Hector Elizondo returns as Callie’s father. And unlike the last time he was in town, Ramirez says there won’t be a screaming match during his visit.

So rather than watch Callie yell at her father, we’ll be treated to some Calzona flashbacks that will give us some insight into their marriage, and it might not be what fans expect. “I was really surprised. There was one surprise in particular that I thought, ‘Okay, when you factor that in …” Ramirez said. “And the flashbacks take place after the amputation of her leg, and they take place before she meets Lauren.”

So between her crumbling marriage and her crumbling career, will Callie Torres finally hit her breaking point? “I think that she reaches the kind of breaking point we don’t expect. It’s interesting how she handles that,” Ramirez teased.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

The Hollywood Reporter: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’s’ Sara Ramirez: The Lawsuit Will Rock Callie’s World

The actress talks with THR about Thursday’s Callie-focused episode and the return of Hector Elizondo.

 

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Callie (Sara Ramirez) is not having an easy go of it this season on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy.

Ahead of Thursday’s Callie-centric episode, The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Ramirez to preview the hour and where things are heading for Calzona.After Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) cheated on Callie, the couple separated and are sharing custody of their daughter, Sofia. As if things couldn’t get worse for Callie, this week she faces a career-threatening malpractice lawsuit during which she’ll lean on her father, Carlos (Hector Elizondo), for support. And then there’s Arizona, who, while Callie has thrown herself into work in the wake of their separation, has started sleeping with Leah (Tessa Ferrer).

Callie is having a challenging year. Does it get better for her going forward?

I don’t know. I always wonder if they’re going to show Callie repeating her old patterns or if she’s going to break out of them and try something new. It’s hard to tell right now because in typical Callie fashion, she’s doing her best. She’s trying to be her best self and under these circumstances, I don’t know that she always succeeds. It’s quite the episode to shoot; I was in every scene except one. It’s a completely new experience for me.

This week, Callie’s father returns. After Arizona gave him that famous “Good man in a storm” speech, how will he respond to their separation?

He and I definitely bonded the first time we worked together and we pick up right where we left off. There’s a lovely connection there. He comes back with a surprise of his own. He doesn’t know anything about Callie’s and Arizona’s separation. He’s going to respond like an honest, loving father would.

Callie is facing a malpractice suit. How will that story tie into Callie’s personal journey this year?

It really rocks her world and confidence and self-esteem. It makes her question herself and that ultimately bleeds into everything else in her life.

How will Arizona support Callie during the lawsuit?

Arizona and Callie share custody of Sofia and because of this they have to maintain a relationship. So of course we’ll see them interact. Arizona is doing her best to be compassionate toward Callie.

Arizona seems to have moved on from Callie with Leah. How might Callie respond to finding that out?

She doesn’t find out about Leah [this week].

Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on ABC. Check back to THR‘s The Live Feed for more coverage and hit the comments below with your thoughts on what’s ahead for Callie and Arizona.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

TV Guide: Could Callie’s Lawsuit Bring Her Closer to Arizona?

Callie has had a rough few years. Grey’s Anatomy‘s resident orthopedic surgeon lost the father of her child in a plane crash that also claimed her wife’s leg. And after spending months of helping Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) recover, her wife cheated on her. On Thursday’s Callie-centric episode (9/8c on ABC), the ever-resilient doctor will face yet another speed bump when a surgery goes awry.

“She worked on an Olympic snowboarder and uses a hip she’s never used before, so essentially it’s a surgery she’s never done before,” Sara Ramirez tells TVGuide.com. “She is being sued for negligence. It unfolds as a really complex and complicated situation.”

Fortunately, the doctors of Seattle Grace will be there to support Callie, as will her father Carlos Torres (Hector Elizondo), who won’t be too pleased about his daughter-in-law’s infidelity. “Something to look forward to is the dynamic between father and daughter and the love that exists between them regardless of the questioning he’s putting her through or the compassion he shows her,” Ramirez says. “Callie’s dad is coming back to reveal a surprise of his own.”

Even though Callie and Arizona have been on the outs, her estranged wife will be there to support her through the case. But viewers will also get a very enlightening look back at Callie and Arizona’s past. “This is a flashback that goes back to Season 9,” Ramirez teases. “We’re going to see some more information revealed about Callie and Arizona’s relationship via flashback and there’s going to be a surprise there. We’ll learn more and more about what occurred during that time. I can’t wait to hear how the audience reacts. I found it unexpected and I also found it interesting. The flashbacks will answer a lot of questions.”

Do you hope Callie and Arizona will get back together?

Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 9/8c on ABC.

Source: TV Guide

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Grey’s Anatomy’s Sara Ramirez Talks Callie-Centric Episode and more.

Something has been lost amid all the hullabaloo surrounding the expiring contracts of Grey’s Anatomy‘s original sextet — or rather someoneSara Ramirez. Like co-stars Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey, Justin Chambers, James Pickens, Jr., Chandra Wilson and official departee Sandra Oh, Ramirez’ current pact with the show is also set to lapse at the end of the ABC hit’s current 10th season — a fact the actress confirmed to me earlier this week during a visit to TVLine’s NY HQ.

But Ramirez’ uncertain Grey’s future was but one of several hot topics on the table during our candid chat, which you can view in its entirety below. The Broadway vet also previewed this Thursday’s flashback-heavy Callie-centric episode (answers are coming!), teased her alter ego’s reaction upon learning Arizona has been playing doctor with intern Leah (“It’s how she finds out… “), and looked ahead to Callie’s own rebound relationship — with a woman or a man (cough Owen?! cough).

Oh, and watch as Ramirez casually reveals which Grey’s cast member is her workout buddy!

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Calzona

Question: I’m dying for scoop on this week’s Callie-centricGrey’s Anatomy. What can you tell us about the Calzona flashbacks? —Ashley

Ausiello: I can tell you the episode isn’t flashing back too far. According to Sara Ramirez, the hour revisits a specific window of time after Arizona’s amputation but before their recent split — and offers an “important glimpse into what they were going through at that time that we may not have seen on camera last season.” (BTW, check TVLine tomorrow-ish for my full Ramirez Q&A.)

 

Source: http://tvline.com/2013/11/12/homeland-season-3-where-is-brody-spoilers-ask-ausiello/

Call into HSN David Meister Event

Sara called into David Meister’s HSN event. Here’s the call:

Appearance on David Meister Fashion on HSN

 

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Sara announced that she will be appearing on David Meister Fashion on HSN at 11:15am November 12th.