UPDATE: Sara Ramirez on the 'Grey's Anatomy' Musical Episode: "Callie Has Grown Up"
03/27/2011 - 15:56 ||
You know the Callie-Heavy musical episode of Grey’s Anatomy that ABC has been teasing fans with for months? Well it’s almost here, and TVGuide.com has a first look at Latina’s March cover girl Sara Ramirez bursting into song in the recording studio!
"There's a lot of iconic music in Grey's Anatomy that we're going to be using, some well known stuff like "Chasing Cars" and "How to Save a Life," and we're hoping to bring these songs to life in a way that the audience hasn't seen before," Ramirez tells the website about the episode, which will be told from Callie's point of view. "It's a love letter to the fans," she adds.
Back in December, Ramirez told us what we can expect to see on the highly anticipated episode, which airs March 31st on ABC. “I’m so excited about this!” a pumped Ramirez said. “They’re taking a lot of the songs that Grey’s made popular during its first three seasons and tying them into the storytelling, which will have much to do with Callie (Ramirez) and Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) and Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek (Patrick Dempsey),” she said.
Ramirez added that not all of the characters will be singing in the episode, but that she’ll “probably be singing two or three songs, plus the chorus of a few other songs.” Sounds like Callie fans have a lot to look forward to!
Ramirez, a Broadway vet who won a Best Actress Tony Award in 2005 for her role as the Lady of the Lake in Monty Python’s Spamalot, said she's ready to showcase her voice on Grey’s. “Hey, I’m game! I’m a singer. It’s one of my strengths. So why wouldn’t I be excited to sing?”
This season, Ramirez has emerged as one of the most popular stars of the hit ABC drama, and that's something that even Grey's Anatomy executive producer Shonda Rhimes has noticed.
In January, Rhimes told us about Ramirez's evolution on the show. “Her talent has always been amazing, but her confidence in her talent has blossomed in a way that has been beautiful to see," said Rhimes. "We have 14 actors on the show, and she’s become one of the leaders. She’s kind to the new actors who come in and she tries to extend herself in a friendly way and she’s very open."
Rhimes told us Ramirez has been an invaluable asset to her during her process of creating the Grey's musical episode. "I’ve wanted to do a musical episode since the very first year that we were doing the show," said Rhimes. "What made me think we could actually do this is that we have Sara here and she’s an amazing resource. She has been instrumental in that for me — having brilliant ideas and giving wonderful input. I clearly value her talent as a singer, but also her knowledge of who her character is," said Rhimes.
Rhimes added that she hasn't only seen the evolution of Ramirez on the show, but also the evolution of the actress' character, Callie Torres. "When Callie first came on, I had conceived of her as this girl who wore a lot of black eye liner—she actually says it in one episode that she was the girl who sat in the back of the class and ate her hair," explained Rhimes. "I feel like I’ve watched her blossom in terms of figuring out her sexuality, in terms of being a doctor, as a friend, and I think audiences have gotten to know her."
Adds Ramirez: "I think that Callie has kind of grown up! And regardless of who she chooses to sleep with, I think the most important thing is that she keeps coming back to her belief in love."
Asked if she would like more of the episodes of Grey’s to be "Callie-Heavy," Ramirez said, “Hey, I will do whatever it takes to keep Grey’s Anatomy a well-written and well-performed show on the air. If there were other Callie-centric episodes, I would show up and do 200 percent of my best," she says.
ABC has now released a new clip from next week's highly anticipated musical episode (airing March 31st). Check out the incredibly talented and beautiful Sara Ramirez singing "Chasing Cars!" Then tell us, are you as excited as we are to see Sara as the star of Grey's Aantomy?