Sara Ramirez is debuting tonight on Madam Secretary in a new series-regular role, and this marks her big return to TV after years of playing Dr. Callie Torres on Grey’s Anatomy. That’s the role that many will probably know her best for no matter what she does moving forward, and she recognizes that. Not only that, but she is happy to return to Grey’s Anatomy at some point in the future in the event the situation calls for it.
In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly promoting her new role, Ramirez notes that “when Shonda [Rhimes] and I last spoke, we agreed to keep the conversations going, and she knows I’m open to keeping those conversations going.” For the time being it does not feel as though she could possibly return to the show longer than an episode or two here or there — Madam Secretary takes up a lot of time — but we’ll see what happens the rest of the way.
Beyond all of this, Ramirez notes why it was so important for her to take the past 18 months or so away from acting to focus on herself, come out publicly as bisexual, and become more engaged in what she believes in:
“It has been a really full year and a half. Taking a step back from the industry has allowed me to take space and get even more clear about things that are important to me. Coming out publicly was an organic decision and one that I spent a lot of energy and time making. It was incremental, not a spur-of-the-moment decision. By the time the Orlando shooting happened, especially in the context of the political climate escalating, I felt an urgency around coming out publicly in ways that I haven’t felt before. This past year and a half has taught me how to embrace myself fully, to never ever be afraid to claim my truth and power in spaces, and that bisexual, pansexual, queer-identified women of color, of all genders, or no genders, deserve to exist fully and equally in any and every space with respect to our visibility, representation, dignity, and various intersecting identities.”
Our feeling in regards to Grey’s Anatomy is that an episode or two here and there would be fun; however, unless Callie is coming back in a larger capacity you don’t want to keep the audience from being able to move forward with Arizona.
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