Her character might no longer be on the show, but that doesn’t mean that Kate Walsh doesn’t still have a favorite Grey’s Anatomy moment, and some *serious* opinions about some of the show’s most controversial deaths.
Walsh, of course, played Dr. Addison Montgomery Shepherd on the show for three seasons, before going off to lead her own spinoff show, Private Practice. From her first appearance (“And you must be the woman who’s been screwing my husband”) to the incredible neonatal cases she took on and her complicated, messy, glorious love life, Addison really struck a chord with viewers. In fact, we’d go so far as to say that what Grey’s Anatomy needs now is the return of Dr. Montgomery — don’t you think?
Well, Kate Walsh herself has now been revisiting her time on Grey’s Anatomy, sharing her thoughts on the showl.
Sitting down with Buzzfeed, Walsh answered 27 questions, some of which were all about Seattle Grace, Seattle Grace Mercy West, and Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital (if you don’t watch the show, they’re all the same hospital).
Walsh then shared her favorite Addison moment from the show, and it’s an iconic one.
“That entrance [at the end of Season 1] that changed my life. I got more calls and attention from that 60-second scene than anything in my career before. Isn’t that funny? Shonda [Rhimes] is a genius. Everyone hated me, but at that time there was no Twitter. There were chat rooms, but I never really went on them,” she said. “I kind of liked being the Wicked Witch from the east. Or the wicked bitch. Shonda’s really gifted at flipping every character that’s seemingly awful. It’s a great lesson in how to have compassion for people that you initially hate.”
Of course, Addison got off lucky with her exit from Grey’s and ultimate ending with Private Practice, in that she made it out alive. However, for her ex-husband, things turned out differently.
“I was surprised when they killed off Patrick [Dempsey],” Walsh admitted to Buzzfeed. “It had been so long and I was like, ‘Oh, really?’ And I tuned into that episode. It was like, ‘Oh, I guess I should watch this.'”
Walsh also said that the literal overnight success of 13 Reasons Why wasn’t the same as the success that Grey’s Anatomy eventually achieved.
Recalling what it was like shooting those early episodes of the show 12 years ago, Walsh said that initially the mood on set was a bit somber because the name of the show kept getting changed willy-nilly.
“To keep our morale up they started showing us episodes at Friday lunches that were already edited. And I was like, ‘This is a really good show’ and I was so excited to be a part of it,” she recalled. “I was supposed to do a pilot for another sitcom on ABC, and it didn’t end up getting picked up and then they called me to be a series regular on Grey’s and the world changed. It was stunning right? It was really phenomenal. And that Super Bowl episode! That was what put us into the stratosphere.”
However, it was recently announced that Kim Raver would be reprising her role as Dr. Teddy Altman on the show for a story arc when it returns in the fall. Exciting stuff!