Black Panther continued to make history on Tuesday, becoming the first superhero movie to receive an Oscar nomination in the coveted Best Picture category. And that’s not all, as Marvel’s smash hit was nominated for seven Oscars total, including Best Original Song and Best Original Score.
Ellen Pompeo is preparing to say goodbye to Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew.
The 48-year-old Grey’s Anatomy star opened up about the departures of the two fan favorites and reflected on their last day of filming on the ABC medical drama just a few weeks ago, saying that it was difficult for everyone.
“I mean, because everything is the last, right? It’s the last time they’ll do this, it’s the last time they’ll do that. It’s the last time they’ll rehearse and it’s really emotional,” Pompeo told ET on Tuesday at the New York City launch of Young Living Essential Oils’ Seedlings baby care line. “We’re a family and they were both on the show [for] nine and 10 years. Grey’s is such an iconic show. Everybody who’s ever been on the show is meaningful to the show, right? Everybody’s meaningful to the fans.”
With just a handful of episodes left in the season, Pompeo assured Grey’s fans that Capshaw’s Dr. Arizona Robbins and Drew’s Dr. April Kepner won’t be meeting a horrific end. (Their exits were announced in March.)
“You only get killed off when your behavior is bad. If you’re a nice actor, you die nice,” Pompeo said matter-of-factly, comparing Capshaw and Drew’s endings to that of former Grey’s star Sandra Oh. “[She] left in the most amazing way. She gave everybody so much notice. She knew 10 seasons was all she wanted to do and they don’t get much classier than Sandra Oh. But yeah, these endings aren’t tragic.”
Pompeo also shared her personal reaction when she learned that Capshaw and Drew would be leaving after the 14th season, seemingly reiterating that she wasn’t part of the decision.
“My first reaction was, ‘What? What do you mean? Why?’ And then you go through levels and stages of grief. It’s hard for them, it’s hard for us, it’s hard for the writer who had to make the choice, [who] had to make the creative decision,” Pompeo said, adding, “You have to try to support the girls. It’s just not easy for anyone, but I don’t want to make it about me. It’s about them and I just tried to be just as supportive as I could be to everyone involved.”
As for what awaits in the May 17 season closer, Pompeo said it’ll be a “classic Grey’s finale.”
“It’s gonna be devastating. And then we’re gonna pull you out of devastating and make you smile,” she promised.
[Melissa and I have] found this nice pocket for the characters to live in,” Wood added. “It was just so easy to play and she’s just so generous as an actress that she just keeps it rolling. She makes it easy.
Leanne: Speaking of familiar you know who I need to be
asking about right now, give me that Captain Swan scoop!
Eddy: Well I would be awfully disappointed if we didn’t get
to see them and if we didn’t get to meet their baby.
Leanne: Baby Hope
Adam: There may be a baby in the future, and if there is it
would be wonderful to meet that baby and we’re very excited to show that audience
what has become of Emma and Hook and what their future holds.
Leanne: Would you say that Captain Swan fans are going to be
happy to discover what Emma and Hook have been up to?
Eddy: Well, you know, I hope so but-
Leanne: Give me that romantic tease
Eddy: There’s not enough happiness for them. I mean we gave
them a happy ending last year, I think this year is even happier.
Adam: I’ve learned never to predict how anyone will react,
we’re very happy and we hope the fans share our joy on where the story concludes
Eddy: But it’s a show about hope so we intend to end like
that as well
Grey’s Anatomy’s Camilla Luddington is just as curious as you are to see how season 15(!) will go after a cast shake-up.
The season 14 finale saw the emotional departures of longtime series regulars Sarah Drew and Jessica Capshaw, who exited the ABC medical drama as April Kepner and Arizona Robbins, respectively. Both characters ended their arcs on a happy note, with April getting married and opting to leave Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital to help the homeless, and Arizona relocating to New York City to be closer to her daughter, help open a new clinic and possibly rekindle a romance with her ex-wife, Callie Torres.
“The one thing that I’ve seen in the six seasons that I’ve been on the show is there’s always an influx of new characters and always characters leaving. I think that it’ll be interesting,” Luddington tells ET during a sit-down at San Diego Comic-Con. “It always changes the dynamic of each season, so it’ll be interesting to see how it does change the dynamic of next season and what that means for certain characters that were especially close to those characters, like Jackson. Where does it lead his story? It’ll be an interesting journey next season to see what it’s like without those two characters.”
But Luddington admitted that Drew and Capshaw’s exits felt “different.” “Just because I’m very close to those two actresses. For me, they’re some of my best friends; they’re so talented that I’m excited to see what they go and do next,” she says, adding that the upcoming 15th season feels like a new chapter for many of the characters. “I hope the fans can embrace other storylines and other characters that we bring on, and Grey’s continues to be something fun for them to watch.”
“Whenever you’re going to be saying goodbye to beloved characters, the fandom will always be upset, but honestly, what that shows to me is a passion and they love them so much, and the writers did an amazing job because people are so invested in them. And that’s why they feel that way,” Luddington continues. “But seasons do change and I’m interested to see where season 15 goes.”
Looking ahead, Luddington revealed that the theme for the upcoming season will be “the season of love,” appropriate considering Jo Wilson (Luddington) and Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) finally tied the knot in the season 14 finale after years of ups and downs. “There will still be that element of romantic comedy with our drama, but that humor will still be present in season 15, too,” she hints, confirming that season 15 kicks off “right where we left off” and without a dramatic time jump.
“I know that with Alex and Jo, they’ll be navigating newlywed territory together. I don’t know what that means necessarily, but they’re probably going to be a hot mess at some point,” she says with a laugh. “Just look at their wedding. They always are – it’s their M.O.”
Things may get complicated fast for the couple, as Jo declared her intentions to take the fellowship in Boston, Massachusetts, with Alex possibly in tow. Luddington confessed that she hadn’t yet read the script for the first episode (which began filming this week), but offered her own questions about how the Boston mystery (surely, Jo can’t be on the East Coast for the entireseason!) resolves itself. “I don’t know how if she ends up in Boston for a while. I don’t know, if she comes back Grey Sloan, how she comes back. It’ll be interesting to see that,” she says, confirming one little nugget about Jo’s professional career: “But this is the season she’ll pick her specialty, finally.”
As for what Luddington wants to see Jo and Alex face together as a married couple in the new season, she has one request: No “Jolex” babies anytime soon!
“I would like them to hold off having a kid for a little bit and enjoy newlywed-ness. I joked about them maybe adopting a dog and testing the waters in that way,” Luddington says, chuckling at the thought. “Can they even keep a fish alive together? I don’t know! I really have no idea!”
And it appears a true friendship between Jo and Meredith is starting to blossom, which Luddington hopes to explore further.
“I’ve enjoyed that dynamic. I’ve felt for a while and it was written for a while that Jo was just Alex’s girlfriend, but now [Meredith]’s investing in her in a professional way. I think that that’s very exciting for Jo, and we see that Meredith is someone she absolutely looks up to,” she says. “She does love Alex, so I think Jo would’ve always hoped to have been friends with Meredith. There was a definite turning point there when Matthew Morrison came on [as Jo’s abusive ex, Paul]. I felt like Meredith could have potentially believed him, not necessarily knowing Jo very well, and she didn’t. That meant a massive amount to Jo. I think Jo felt like she always had to explain herself to people and she had figured that no one would trust her side, and the fact that [Meredith] did and there didn’t even need to be any questions asked? That was a massive turning point.”
But there is one lesson she’s taken from playing Jo for six seasons and counting. “Don’t judge a book by its cover. For the first seven or eight episodes, I didn’t know Jo’s background. Her nickname was ‘Princess’ and I was kind of thinking that she was that way,” Luddington says. “Slowly, but surely we sort of uncovered elements and struggles about her. That’s what I’ve learned, is that you never know what someone’s background is or what they’ve been through. And jumping to conclusions isn’t a great thing. That’s probably something I’ve learned because she has a lot of trauma in her past that she doesn’t give away.”
If there’s one looming question Luddington would like Jo to investigate this season is to “find her family,” she says. “As much as she might not even say that she wants to, I can’t imagine – knowing her now and having played her for so long – that that isn’t something she wants answers to.”
But Luddington assured fans she’s in it for the long haul and doesn’t foresee an end date for Grey’s anytime soon. “I don’t see it either,” she admits. “There’s still so much to explore for every single character on the show. I don’t foresee an end happening yet. And with the fandom so passionate and watching, I think it’ll keep going for a little ways.”
“Mmmhmm,” O'Donoghue confirmed. “I picked the engagement ring and then they showed me this [wedding band] and I was like, ‘Yeah, that’ll do.’” To which Morrison added, “They’re very inclusive with us around here. It’s really nice.”
Kitsis and Horowitz explained that they have always encouraged the actors to “take ownership of their characters,” and allowing them to select things like the right gowns or props is a natural extension of that. “I think our props department is awesome and I’m sure that they had some great rings,” Horowitz said. “Nobody knows the character of Hook better than Colin, so of course he’d be the one to figure out what it should be.”
Colin picked out Captain Swan’s rings?!!! Major swooning over here!
When the new Grey’s Anatomy trailer debuted earlier this month, fans were in a tizzy over one shocking moment: Meredith and DeLuca’s hookup. Since then, questions have swirled over what that steamy makeout session actually means. Is it a dream? Is it real? Are Meredith and DeLuca actually, gasp, happening? Fans won’t get answers about the possible new couple until Grey’s kicks off season 15 with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, but we had to go straight to the source to get answers on all things Meredith and DeLuca
“What is going on? We don’t really know,” Grey’s star Giacomo Gianniotti teased to ET when asked about the speculation-fueling Meredith-DeLuca between-the-sheets premiere moment. Whatever is going on between the two docs, it’s not like it came out of the blue; Gianniotti pointed to their ill-timed kiss in the season 14 finale as kick-starting this potential new coupling.
“Last season in the finale, they shared this drunken kiss. We didn’t know what it meant but there was something there. Meredith kind of pushed it off and it’s something we’ve been revisiting in this season,” the 29-year-old actor said, hinting there’s much more where that steamy trailer moment came from. “Definitely in the premiere you’re going to see it right out of the gate, which is basically what you saw in the trailer but it’s going to be a little longer, a little bit more detailed. I think we’re going to see something blossoming between them: A friendship? A friendship that could be more? At the moment, we don’t know. We’re only on the sixth episode. We are definitely building some romance, but to what degree, I don’t know.”
One popular theory floating out there is that perhaps the hookup was just a dream. When presented with that fan speculation, Gianniotti played coy.
“OK, well… I would say that when you’re sitting on your couch [on Thursday], you will have all your questions answered!” the Italian-born actor said, before speaking more broadly about the two-hour event. “The premiere is incredible. We’re packing so much storytelling in it. We’re catching up the fans to what’s happened. We’re coming right back the day after [Jo and Alex’s] wedding, so it’s just going to be an exciting season. We’ve got a lot of amazing guest actors coming on this season, new cast members [Chris Carmack and Alex Landi] joining us. We really are stacking the cast to make an incredible season for the fans.”
While it’s unclear what DeLuca’s future holds in the romance department, one thing’s for certain: the Grey Sloan surgical resident has been unlucky in love. The closest DeLuca has come to forging a real romantic connection recently was surgical intern Sam Bello (Jeanine Mason), who left last season to work with Cristina Yang in Switzerland after the threat of possible deportation. So why has it taken DeLuca so long to find true love?
“DeLuca is so focused on being a doctor and climbing as a surgeon, that all these romantic advances have fallen in his lap, in a way, and he’s kind of just ridden the wave and not thought too much about them. I think Sam was the first person that DeLuca really, really cared about, that we really saw him go through great heartbreak and loss over that,” Gianniotti explained. “But I’m hopeful that maybe this season he can find someone that could last. Who knows? Maybe it could be Meredith.”
Gianniotti shared his reasoning for why Grey’s love stories have stood the test of time, hypothesizing that fans have invested years and years of their life with these characters and their relationships.
“These people have been watching these characters for so long, some of them have grown up with them. They feel like they’re their friends. They feel like they’re their family. They’re in their living room every Thursday night at 8 o’clock. You really start to relate to these characters. I’ve certainly felt that way about other shows that I’ve watched in the past and you’ve watched for so long, you feel like you can really relate to these people,” he said.
“When the relationships end, it’s almost like you’re breaking up with that person too, that you’re going to lose seeing that relationship onscreen, which, yeah it sucks at first, like a lot of other losses,” Gianniotti added. “I think Grey’s Anatomy does it so well in terms of when a character exits or when a love exits, they create something new. It might take some getting used to but then it’s like the new thing and [turns into] ‘It should’ve always been like this!’”
With DeLuca now at the center of a potential romance with Meredith, has Gianniotti thought of a new nickname in the vein of McDreamy and McSteamy? “I don’t know!” Gianniotti said with a laugh. “I’ll leave that up to the internet universe and I’ll let you guys deal with that. I don’t think I can dub myself.”