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Sarah’s confidence shaken

Sarah Drew: scenes from Grey’s Anatomy
Sarah Drew: scenes from Grey’s Anatomy

Sarah Drew says her ‘confidence was shaken’ after being ‘let go’ from Grey’s Anatomy

She played April Kepner on Grey’s Anatomy for a total of nine seasons.

And in an interview recently, Sarah Drew revealed that her ‘confidence was shaken’ after being ‘let go’ from ABC’s hit medical drama back in March.

‘I’m a believer in things happening for a reason and finding beauty in the midst of grief,’ the 37-year-old actress said. ‘I don’t regret or begrudge anybody. I’m embracing it. I had a profound and incredible season of my life on Grey’s Anatomy.’

Drew added: ‘I got to tell stories I believed in. I got to work with Shonda Rhimes and learn from the best. I got to work with an incredible community of people that I will have lifelong friendships with. It’s hard for me to come up with anything I could be angry about.’

The New York native received the difficult news while on set with co-star Kevin McKidd, who plays Owen Hunt.

I went back to my trailer and I did my crying. A whole bunch of people came into my trailer to give me hugs and cry with me and tell me they were so sad I was leaving,’ she said.

But while being let go was ‘painful,’ Sarah admitted it was the push she needed.

‘In retrospect, I think it would have been hard for me to walk away from that job,’ she said.

‘I was on it for nine years. It feels right and it feels like a good time to move on to something else with all the great love in my heart that I have for everybody and respect and gratitude for what that experience was.’

According to showrunner Krista Vernoff, April Kepner was cut from the storyline due to ‘too many series regulars.’

‘I was told that they needed to downsize because they couldn’t service all of the characters effectively,’ Drew explained to THR.

‘Krista said that she felt like April had been through so much and had come out the other side and that she didn’t know what she could put her through again.It was really hard to hear that.’

But nearly six months after her Grey’s Anatomy departure, and Sarah is excited for whatever comes next.

‘I don’t need to be sad and I don’t need to be mourning and I don’t need to be in grief over the end of something that was so beautiful,’ she said. ‘I can just rise from the ashes in a more brilliant way.’

Drew is hoping to take home an Emmy on September 17 after making her directorial debut on B-team—a Grey’s Anatomy spin-off web series.