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BEST OF 2010 #4: Jessica Capshaw on what’s next for Arizona and Callie on GREY’S ANATOMY

by Jim on December 28, 2010 · 3 comments

Arizona (l, Jessica Capshaw) and Callie (Sara Ramirez) are in a good place...but how long that will last remains to be seen!

I’ve been counting down the Top 10 posts on my site over these past 2 weeks and today’s #4 was a doozy. If anyone thought ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy was showing some age, think again. The fans (including yours truly!) are loving the current season and Jessica Capshaw (who plays Arizona) talked about what was to come in this October press interview.

What posts hold the top 3 slots? Check back tomorrow…

The seventh season of ABC’s medical drama Grey’s Anatomy is showing no signs of slowing down with ratings still strong and on-screen romances progressing or, as is more often the case, going off the rails a bit. One couple with a lot of eyes on them is that of Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw) and Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez), who seem to be in a good place but, as Capshaw said in a recent press call talking about her upcoming Lifetime movie One Angry Juror, Callie and Arizona are set to hit a few road bumps, especially as Capshaw prepares to take a little maternity leave to give birth to her second child (which is a girl, she revealed during the call).

The following is the Grey’s portion of the press call with my fellow journalists.  (To see the portion from the interview about the Lifetime movie CLICK HERE)

Capshaw's part on GREY'S was originally only supposed to be 3 episodes!

Jim Halterman: In your upcoming Lifetime movie One Angry Juror, you really have a lot of screen time since you’re the lead. Was that an adjustment after the ensemble of Grey’s.

JC: That’s a good question! It certainly meant a lot more work. I had my son with me and I was five months pregnant. I was aware of the fact that I was in every scene but it was kind of a welcome challenge because Grey’s is such an ensemble and it’s so what I would prefer if you’re going to do the marathon of the long school year, if you will. AtGrey’s, I always liken it to a relay race. Some of us have a really strong storyline for two or three episodes and you work, work, work, work and then you sort of pass the baton to who has the strong, present storyline. I’m used to working like that, which I guess…it was really fun to be busy. I like to be busy.

The seventh season cast of GREY'S ANATOMY

Question:  What’s coming up on Grey’s for Callie and Arizona?

JC: Well, as we all know in physics, what heats up must cool down. Shonda has done an unbelievable job and I haven’t been there since the beginning but being in a seventh season show that still seems to have people talking the way that it does is such an honor. I think that it’s not for nothin’ that she has to keep things going up and then going down. I think that this year – and by the way, I’m not entirely sure – but I think this year will be that little tease that happens. They’re happy and then there’s got to be something that upends their world and then hopefully they come back to each other again.

Question: Have you heard anything positive or negative from the gay community about Arizona?

JC: There have been nothing but really, really positive things. There have been so many times when I was brought to tears by people’s connection and understanding of this character and the comfort and the inspiration and the solace that this character on a weekly basis has given people. Then online, organizations and communities that have done things and donated money in the name of these characters…it’s been overwhelming and so beautiful.

Jessica Capshaw is thisclose to giving birth to her second child!

Question: I love the way that your pregnancy and the way they’ve worked in your maternity leave in the next episode [which airs next week].

JC: I have not been brave enough to watch any episodes this year because I’ve been terrified I’d be too critical for myself.

Question: Without revealing much about the storyline, do you think that the decision that Callie and Arizona makes is the right one?

JC: I think that it’s right for them at that moment. I think that it’s the natural evolution of what and where they are headed but I think that that comes with a lot. It’s a big decision.

Question: Arizona has to have some ex-girlfriends out there. Do you think we might meet some of them this season?

JC: [laughs] You know what? I hope! Listen, everyone else has been there a full seven years and at the end of this season I will be there for 2 and a half years. I keep saying ‘Everyone else has all these great ex-girlfriends and boyfriends and all this stuff. Where’s my stuff!?’ From the beginning, Arizona arrived on the scene and sort of had the great party line on everything and every answer that she has for a challenge or a question or anything was just sort of ‘I should have thought of that!’ It’s just so good! So, yeah, it would great if she had a little bad lurking somewhere.

Question: What do you think Grey’s has done for your career from your perspective?

JC: It’s a crazy business, right? Everybody knows that from the outside and some people have the idea that it’s only glamorous or it’s only full of rejection or only anything but the truth is that it’s not only anything. It’s full of so many different things and certainly full of ups and downs. In a lot of ways in the media world, you all have to be able to monitor and then report about the ups and downs, which are actually sometimes the most interesting thing to most people, right? I think the interesting thing about this show and how it all came to be is that when I first saw it when it first aired as a mid-season show seven years ago I loved it! I had just come off from doing a show that was pretty successful – the David Kelley show [The Practice] – and I spent two years on a one-hour so you work a lot. I was 25 and getting married and thinking that I wanted to go back to New York and do theater and do a bunch of other stuff and just see what was out there for me but I remained a fan of the show. And then life goes on and then I was a newlywed and then I was pregnant and then I had a baby and then here came this opportunity to guest star on Grey’s and I was so excited about it. It was actually not for this character but for something else. It was two weeks after I had my son and I had kind of gotten myself together but thought there was no way in the world I was going to get this part because that would be too fantastic. I went and of course I didn’t get the part but they had sort of kept me in mind and a year later I ended up coming in as Arizona Robbins. The thing that it did for my career was it sort of put me back into being able to work nine or ten months out of a year and on a show that people feel so much about. Whether you hate it or love it – and I think we’re very fortunate that most people that come up to me are lovers of it – that it was something that felt really relevant and far-reaching and felt really great to play a character that was unique and clearly completely different from who I am in my regular daily life. So it was just one of those things that really made me happy on a professional level and also really happy on a personal level.

Question: How was it to play the storyline of Arizona not wanting a child when you’re a Mom?

JC: You hear this all the time but it’s true, it’s certainly fun to play things that are close to you because you feel more comfortable but then it such a fun thing to play something that‘s not like you because you get to see what that feels like…I didn’t have to let go of who I was because clearly as a profession Arizona is in pediatrics [and is] not saying ‘No babies. I don’t like babies.’ She’s just saying ‘I don’t want to have babies.’

Question: What do you think of the name ‘Arizona?’

JC: I got hired for a guest star/3-episode arc and so that’s all I ever thought that it was. I knew I wasn’t going to know much about her and I knew I wouldn’t have that much to do because it was such a big ensemble so I didn’t know how much I would be doing. I was out to dinner and I got an email that was the script and the first thing I saw was that her name was Arizona Robbins and I thought ‘That’s pretty cool!’

To see Part 2 of this interview, CLICK HERE

Grey’s Anatomy airs on ABC every Thursday night at 9/8c.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

PD October 21, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Nice interview! Thanks for asking the questions that fans ask around the water cooler. Looking forward to part two about the lifetime movie.

OMG October 24, 2010 at 3:50 am

Thnks for the interview!! I love Jessica! Can’t wait for the second part!!

jw October 24, 2010 at 12:23 pm

thanks for the interview. Look forward to what comes next for my favorite couple as well as Jessica’s movie.

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