Sarah Drew returns to Grey’s Anatomy as fan favorite April Kepner on the May 6 episode of “Look Up Child,” reuniting her with former co-star Jesse Williams in what is sure to be a deeply emotional hour. In ABC’s official description of the Drew episode, he coyly pokes fun at April’s sudden resurgence, only to poke fun at Jackson visiting his father, “helping him get him on the right track.”
Drew admitted that he had to keep her De Gray Return a secret “for a while.” (It was officially announced in March).
“I didn’t fully believe it was happening until I literally signed the contract, which didn’t come until sometime after the initial conversations,” the 40-year-old actress told ET’s Katie Krause while promoting. Cruel summer. “It started with an initial conversation and I said, ‘This sounds interesting, the story sounds interesting.’ But you never know if the plot is going to change or if they are going to change their mind, so I really didn’t settle for the reality of that was happening until I knew 100 percent what was happening. So at that point, I was about to show up on set and it was like, ‘I can’t wait to see you all!’ “.
Walking back to the familiar De Gray set after three years it was “wonderful,” shared Drew. “I felt so warmly hugged. It felt like coming home. My heart skipped a beat. Every person I saw was like, ‘Ahh! I missed you!’ It was a very sweet homecoming. “
Drew left at the end of season 14 after nine years on the ABC medical drama. It was first introduced in the middle of season 6 when Gray Sloan Memorial Hospital merged with Mercy West. His character has a young daughter, Harriet, with Jackson Avery from Williams. In her last episode, April married Matthew Taylor (Justin Bruening).
Drew said that when things improve, April has continued to live closely in Seattle with Matthew and raise Harriet with Jackson. As for why Jackson is impulsively driving to April’s house for an evening visit? That’s something Drew “can’t say.”
“I can’t reveal anything about why he’s coming to speak to her, but I think it’s important to realize that nothing changed in the interaction of co-parenting this child,” she said. “They’ve seen each other. They’ve been parenting together all this time. I don’t know exactly what custody is between the two of them, but he has Harriet sometimes, she has Harriet sometimes. There is a transfer that is happening all the time continuously during the pandemic “. Drew emphasized again that the exes “have always been a healthy, hardworking, co-parenting team.”
When asked if April and Jackson achieved closure after the episode, Drew remained coy: “I would love to answer that question, but I can’t answer that question either.”
“With these two characters having so long to develop a story, you have so much information to draw on from so many years they were on screen,” he said. “They weren’t just imagined, they weren’t just something that you create as a backstory. They’re things that the audience has tracked and seen, that we’ve played, experienced and traveled through. So there are so many layers that you can play together when they have that amount of time they’ve spent together on screen. That’s so weird. You just don’t get it. Shows don’t last that long. You don’t have as much material to draw in most cases. So it makes everything feel a lot more human, much easier and much more delicious and juicy. ”
Drew remained optimistic that there might be a chance for her to “come back” for more episodes in the future. “I think the door was always open for April to appear in more episodes because she was still in Seattle sharing parenthood with Jackson. It’s just a question of what works for the story,” he said.
At Freeform’s Cruel summer Drew plays Jeanette’s mother, Cindy, who was once the most popular girl in town. Now, she is fighting to keep her family together while being the gossip hub of the city. The psychological thriller follows two young women, Kate Wallis (Olivia Holt), the popular girl with a haunted life who one day disappears, and Jeanette Turner (Chiara Aurelia), the would-be nerd accused of being connected to Kate’s disappearance. Set in three summers in the 1990s and told from the point of view of both girls, the drama Freeform follows how a girl can go from being an outlier sweet to the most despised person in America.
“I believe them both,” Drew said about whether Kate or Jeanette are telling the truth. “That’s what makes it so difficult, is that you care and love, and you’re supporting both of them at different times. There are times when you think, ‘Wow, that was cold,’ but then something else reveals itself to you. It makes you say, ‘Wait, wait a second … But I don’t understand why he said that or why he did that.’ It’s a fine line between the villain and the victim. “
“They’re both very nice and what’s cool about the show is that it really investigates the experience of trauma,” he continued. “Both young women have been traumatized in quite profound ways. It manifests in different ways on different dates for both of them, so you can’t help but feel for both of them in their situations. But you do, as a viewer, I just want to know what really happened. For example, what is going on? Is it all a giant misunderstanding or is someone lying? “
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