Sarah Drew is at the peak of her career right now as she comes off the success of her character Dr. April Kepner on the popular Shondaland series, Grey’s Anatomy and heads into a lead role on the anticipated reboot of Cagney & Lacey. Drew joined Grey’s back in 2009, and since then has been promoted into a series regular role. She’s become one of TV’s most popular leading ladies and has even gone on to work in other big projects like Supernatural, Miami Medical and the film, Mom’s Night Out. Aside from being a talented actress, there is so much more to know about her so we’ve pulled together a list of 10 things you might not have known about Sarah Drew!
10. Getting The Role of April Kepner
In an interview with Glamour, Sarah revealed that she never had to audition for her character on Grey’s Anatomy! She was basically given an automatic “in” because she had previously worked with Shonda Rhimes on another show, a spin-off from Grey’s called Private Practice. She had a two episode appearance as a character named Judy. She also worked with Shonda on a pilot that never got picked up. “I actually didn’t have to audition. I had just worked with Shonda on a pilot that didn’t get picked up and they wanted to bring me on for a two-episode guest star appearance on Greys the season before. It was for the role of a patient, but it just didn’t work out for scheduling reasons,” she said. Drew also revealed that her role on Grey’s was only supposed to be a two episode guest starring appearance, but she did such a great job that they wrote her in as a series regular. “She was supposed to be a two-episode guest star. I knew the plan was for her to be fired when I got the job, but shortly after those episodes aired, my agent called and said, ‘They want to bring you back, and it might be for a series regular.’ That’s how that happened!”©ABC / Courtesy Everett Collection