Grey’s Anatomy’s Sarah Drew Reacts to Ellen Pompeo’s Reduced Role

A not-so-shocking shift. Grey’s anatomy alum Sarah Drew said she wasn’t too surprised Ellen Pompeo will have a reduced role in season 19 of the medical drama, appearing in only eight episodes.

“She’s worked so hard in this role for so long,” said Drew, 41 Us weekly exclusively on Monday September 26th while we promote Lifetime Reindeer games homecoming Movie. “It makes sense that she’d want to take a breather and pursue other things — and still want to keep her foot in the door.”

The actress who Dr. April Kepner played for more than eight seasons Grey’s anatomyShe added: “I think this is great for [Pompeo]. I wish her the best.”

Drew has only fond memories of the leading lady. That Cruel summer actress who was married Peter Lanfer since 2002, recalled how supportive Pompeo, 52, was when she was pregnant and when she returned to the set after welcoming son Micah in 2012 and daughter Hannah in 2014.

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“I just remember that she was such a bear mom when I was pregnant,” Drew recalled. “When my babies were little, teaching me how to express the things I needed to and caring so much about the mommy experience on set is my fondest memory of them. She always wants to support everyone, especially the moms.”

The Virginia native told us she would like to reprise her role as April, who returned for a brief cameo as Dr. Jackson Avery (jess williams) left the series in season 17, allowing their characters to reunite, and they returned to Gray Sloan Memorial Hospital together for the 400th episode in season 18.

“It’s always fun to stop by and see how she’s doing,” revealed Drew. “I love putting on the scrubs. That was really fun.”

Jackson and April left Seattle for Boston to explore ways to bring health care equity to underserved communities, which Drew found an “interesting concept.” Everwood Alum would have loved to act, whether in a spinoff or another arc Grey’s anatomyreturning for Season 19 on ABC on Thursday, October 6th. “The fight between these two for medical justice could be a very, very cool thing,” she noted.

However, what Drew would really like to see is exactly how Jackson and April made their romance work this time around.

“I would love to go back in time to see them get back together,” she said Us. “We have this little, tiny bit where the audience was informed that they had gotten back together, but I’d love to see that happen. I would love to see them push and pull and how they become, wouldn’t you?”

The romantic storylines are where Drew thrives. She stars in the Lifetime romantic comedy Reindeer games homecoming, due for release later this year, is the first of two vacation films she will write, produce and co-direct with the network. In her screenwriting debut, she strove for the perfect balance of heart and humor.

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Jesse Williams and Sarah Drew as Jackson and April in Grey’s Anatomy. ABC

“I just sat down to write a romcom set for Christmas time,” enthused Drew Us, explains that she loves the genre. “I’ve watched a few different romcoms just to kind of get into the mod and there’s a lot of different things that are drawn from my life.”

Her character, MacKenzie, a science teacher, wears puzzle t-shirts in a nod to Drew’s mother, and the reindeer games were inspired by her husband’s college years.

“My husband went to Dartmouth College and they have this tradition every winter called the Winter Carnival where they have teams that develop games and compete against each other,” she explained. “The whole campus is getting involved, and I was like, ‘This would be really fun to do as a whole community, a small township, a Christmas fundraiser.’ So that’s where this idea came from.”

The film reunites her with her colleague Grays alum Justin Bruning (who played April’s other love interest, EMT Matthew Taylor), who plays a Hollywood star who gets hooked on the reindeer games when he’s home for the holidays. Meanwhile, MacKenzie tries to save the games for future generations, but she’s also determined to defeat her former high school crush.

The flick “feels like a throwback to 1990s romcoms,” teased Drew.

After more than 20 years in front of the camera, it was a big transition for the actress to switch to screenwriting mode, but she said her co-stars at Lifetime could not have been more supportive and encouraged to go ahead with her idea.

“I had just finished filming a Christmas movie for life Sparkle all the wayand I was really inspired working there with that team to tell my own stories,” explained Drew Us. “I came home and came up with this design and pitched it to my producers from the film. And I figured I’d just hire someone to write it, and they were like, ‘No, you know this story inside and out. Go home, buy Final Draft and write it.’”

That supernatural Alum quickly put together a full script in less than a month — but it took a bit of work. “I wrote the first draft in three weeks. It’s gone through a lot of iterations since then, but it’s been a really exciting and fun process and totally surreal and exciting to actually work on it and have a whole team of people talking about these characters that I invented and these places that I have discussed. d come with me. It’s pretty fun,” she said.

Reindeer games homecoming Premiered on Lifetime this fall.

With reporting by Christina Garibaldi Grey’s Anatomy’s Sarah Drew Reacts to Ellen Pompeo’s Reduced Role

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