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Much as we love Grey’s Anatomy’s April Kepner, we can imagine that actress Sarah Drew doesn’t have a whole lot in common with a neurotic, sometimes-grating, love-triangle-prone surgeon.
Her new project, though — the short film Waking Marshall Walker — seems to hit closer to home.
As Sarah exclusively tells Wetpaint Entertainment, the film resonates with her on a personal level… and not just because her former classmate, Giorgio Litt, co-wrote the screenplay.
“He brought me the script, and I just loved it,” she explains. “And I was excited to go do something different. I wanted to go play someone other than April for a minute, and drawn to the story mainly because it’s a story about second chances and there’s this magic to it that’s pretty amazing.”
In the short film, Sarah plays Charlotte, a daughter who thinks she’s too late to help her despairing dad, only to find a way to rewind the clock. And part of that reconnection involves a revelation we won’t give away here — but one with which Sarah was very familiar at the time of production.
“That [experience] was super fresh in my life and in my world and something that was incredibly emotional and just alive for me … I thought about my actual dad while we were shooting that, which kind of helped tap into that emotion of it — if that had been my dad crippled by sorrow and me trying to pull him back — and pulling him back with love but also pulling him back by new life … There was a lot that was in there that made me fall in love with my dad all over again. I ended up calling him after we finished shooting to tell him how much I loved him.”
As Sarah describes, her character is struggling to support her father as he grieves over his late wife. “And it’s been really hard, but I think, through the course of her journey, she really sees the world through his eyes and empathizes in a way that she’s never been able to empathize before,” she says. “And I think putting herself in that position gives her the power to love him, empathize with him, and ultimately call him back.”
Charlotte also makes a “massive, huge sacrifice” by the end of the film to cement his recovery process.
“Love ultimately requires sacrifice and requires giving up pieces of yourself in order to care for somebody else,” Sarah elaborates. “And this film shows that story, so that means a lot to me … There’s just so many things about this story that resonate with deep-seated values that I have in my own life about what it means to love.”
Another personal connection Sarah has to the film is that Richard Warner, the actor playing Charlotte’s father, was her acting mentor in college — and she raves about the improvisational approach they took in discovering their characters.
“[Richard] is really the first coach that I ever had in my career and in my life who really understood how to communicate direction in a way that immediately made everything real and honest and dropped it in into a space of gravitas,” she recounts. “Before, I was sort of manufacturing an emotional response to something — whereas his instruction helped me to actually fully jump into the shoes of whoever it was that I was playing.”
Unsurprisingly, Sarah and Richard give hugely moving performances in the elegant short film — so be on the lookout for it in the coming months and keep checking back here for updates about which film festival will screen Waking Marshall Walker’s world premiere, marking the film’s release!
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If you loved the Christmas album that Grey’s Anatomy’s Sarah Drew (April Kepner) released last year in collaboration with The Reindeer Tribe, you’re in luck: she’s recording and releasing another edition for the 2013 holiday season!
According to their website, The Reindeer Tribe is made up of “a group of friends and family [who] shared a weekend recording their favorite holiday songs.” And the multi-talented Sarah is there singing back-up, alongside her husband, who plays the mando and banjo!
This week, Sarah took to Twitter to announce that the Tribe would be releasing a follow-up to 2012′s The Last Days of the Year, and that she’d be participating again!
“Gonna record another Christmas album with reindeer tribe this weekend!” she tweeted Monday.
So when you need a break from your Michael Buble albums — and, let’s face it, you know you’re still spinning 2011′s Justin Bieber Christmas tracks — you can give the entire Reindeer Tribe album a listen here for free. It’s got a very indie sound to it, so feel free to look down upon the way more mainstream masses while you listen.
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Please be aware that the following post DOES contain spoilers for upcoming story arcs involving April on Grey’s. Feel free to skip this post, but I thought I’d include it for those of you curious about April’s upcoming storyline.
Question: April won’t really marry Matthew on Grey’s Anatomy, right? —Mary Kate
Ausiello: Would she drag all three of her sisters to Seattle if she was going to leave him at the altar?! ‘Cause sources confirm to me exclusively that the Dec. 5 episode of Grey’s will feature wall-to-wall Kepners — specifically April’s sibs Libby (played by Days of Our Lives’ Emily Happe), Kimmie (Drop Dead Diva’s Elizabeth Bond) and Alice (The Middle’s Grace Bannon). The trio are in town for their sis’ nuptials, which may or may not go off without a hitch. (Prediction: There’s a hitch or two, but the wedding will happen.)
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I’ve added 132 HD screencaps from Thursday’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy to the gallery. There wasn’t much April in the episode, but it seems like there’s going to be a lot more Sarah in the coming weeks!
GREY’S ANATOMY > SEASON TEN > [10x09] Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word > Screencaps
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It sure seems that April Kepner (Sarah Drew) has chosen Matthew (Justin Bruening) over Jackson (Jesse Williams) on Grey’s Anatomy — or, at least, convinced herself that she has.
But in this second part of Wetpaint Entertainment’s exclusive interview with Sarah Drew, she gives us the sense that nothing is set in stone.
Read on to see what she has to say about April’s love triangle… and if Japril fans should give up hope.
Wetpaint Entertainment: We know that April re-proposed to Matthew [in Season 10, Episode 2, "I Want You With Me"] and that she’s been poking fun at Jackson and getting the upper hand [like in Episode 7, "Thriller"]. Do you think that she is 100 percent committed to Matthew at this point? Or do you think that she still has lingering feelings for Jackson?
Sarah Drew: Like she said in the re-proposal scene — she said, “Yeah, I have feelings for Jackson. I probably always will. He’s always going to be a part of my life, and it’s really confusing.” So she made it clear, even in that scene, that there will always be something in her heart about Jackson. So I think for her right now… she wants to be a person who stands by her commitments. I think she, in her mind, 100 percent is gung-ho on getting married to Matthew. “Matthew is wonderful. We’re gonna make a life together.” If there are lingering feelings for Jackson, it’s not something she’s deeply conscious of. I think she’s very much on the trajectory of, “This is what we do in our relationship. We move to the next step. The next step is we plan our wedding. Then the next step is this. Then our next step is that.”
Who knows whether her heart might take over and change her mind in the future? Things are never really ever over on Grey’s Anatomy. I would just tell fans of April and Jackson to keep watching. [Laughs] But I think that, as far as April is concerned, at this moment she is 100 percent in love with Matthew, going to marry Matthew, excited about starting her future with Matthew. Definitely.
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This week’s Grey’s Anatomy is Callie-centric, but it appears April (along with Webber) come to support Callie. Check out the episode stills below along with the promo for the episode!
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Partial Transcription of the press roundtable for Sarah Drews May 28, 2013 on the set of Mom’s Night Out
What do you like about this project?
I like everything about this project. I was telling other people in these interviews that I was looking for a passion project and talking specifically to my agent/manager just the last year about what I wanted to tell, about the kind of story I wanted to tell. I would get up..I would be up at night and pull out a notebook and start journaling ideas of things I wanted to tell..stories I wanted to tell. Cuz I became a new mom. My son is 16 months old. So when I became a new mom it completely was like “ooohh” what’s happening. So intense and so crazy and so terrifying and amazing and beautiful and magical and horribly terrifying. Um, all at the same time. And I wanted to actually, like, dive into, like, the depth of what that meant. So that was the one thing I wanted to tell. And the other thing I wanted to tell was I wanted to tell a story about what if feels like to go through life feeling like you’re never enough and feeling like you are not enough. You’re not a good enough wife, you’re not a good enough mom, you’re not a good enough person at work, you’re not a good enough friend, you’re not this, you’re not that. And I wanted to tell a story of coming to a place of recognizing and I can just breathe and just be and I am enough because I’m loved. Basically I read this script and those were the two things this story told, that my character got to walk through and journey through. I started crying when I read the script I was like please I want to do this so badly.
Tell us a little about your journey how you came to Hollywood.
I’ve been acting since before I can remember. It’s the only thing I wanted to do. I think my parents noticed something in me in my kindergarten graduation standing up on stage. And ever since that moment, I’ve been in community theater and plays and everything. I basically felt like this was the trajectory I was on. This was my joy, this was my passion, this was my gift and I’ve pursued it my whole life. I went to college. My parents are both very educated. So they were like there’s no way you’re not going to college. It never even crossed my mind I wouldn’t go to college. So I went to college and I didn’t go to acting school but I majored in drama there at University of Virginia and I did a musical theater program the summer after my second year where a casting director saw me and started bringing me in for auditions. I was cast as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, reviewed by the New York Times and Variety and then kind of got to have my choice of agents after that. Then finished college, got married, moved to New Haven because my husband was going to Yale and then booked my first movie two months after graduation. So it’s been crazy.
Where was it where you were growing up?
I grew up in New York, Long Island.
Did you feel like the church supported you in acting or was it something odd and strange?
My dad is a minister and was our pastor so all I got was complete and total support.
How does this compare to the tv series you’ve done? Everwood and Grey’s Anatomy How would you contrast?
It’s totally different. It’s different doing a movie versus doing television. I love the freedom that we have on this set to kind of find moments and find beats and change lines and it’s sort of like here…It’s so great here, there’s not an ego anywhere which is amazing. It’s sort of like the best idea wins. So it feels very collaborative and it feels like I’m part of the creative processes in creating actually how the story’s going to be told whereas TV, it’s a machine you know. We just finished our ninth season so it’s a very well oiled machine. Everybody knows exactly their place and what you’re doing so you go and you say your lines and you make sure that those lines are each heard. I feel like on Grey’s it’s been amazing. I’ve had a lot of input for my character on that show and they’ve been incredibly open and warm to receiving that but there something exciting about going somewhere for a few weeks and telling one arc, you know, taking one journey that has a beginning, middle, and end whereas on TV you have so many twists and turns you don’t know where your character is going to go, you don’t know who your character is going to wind up with, you don’t know know what’s going to happen. I love my job on Grey’s and I have loved doing this completely.
I have to say as a mom, I literally teared up watching the clip of you in the closet. Have you had moments like that?
I actually had a moment like that with my husband this Friday, this past Friday, I just had this …it was…you know this has been a really exciting, amazing opportunity and so I have a lot of, kind of, going on and I’m working way more than I ever work on Grey’s and so the hours have been longer than what I’m used to, cuz I have a lot of time off doing Grey’s and just sort of, you know, there’s pressure to feel like you’re doing a good job and telling the story well and I have my son with me and my nanny with me and my husband’s been teaching at Dartmouth so it’s sort of been…talk about mommy guilt, oh man. Ok well, I did get in at 4 am but I should wake up with him at 7 because I’m physically in the apartment and then it’s like no you have to sleep and then I feel guilty for sleeping. Whatever. Every mom knows what that feels like which is why we’re telling this story. I had a lot of that building up and I just started crying and it happened to be in the walk in closet in the apartment and he’s holding me and I’m shaking and he’s kind of like this is like that scene. It was so funny.
About being a Christian in Hollywood
Yeah. You know what’s wonderful is [Grey's Anatomy writers and director Shonda Rhimes are] just really excited to tell whatever story they want to tell well. So when they decided to make my character Christian, Shonda sat me down and said we want to tell this story well and authentically so you just tell us whenever something doesn’t feel right, so I’ve had an incredible voice in the direction of the character which has been just wonderful and so fun and um I’ve had a lot of those kind of moments. So it’s been fun, you know, I think that there are ..all those guys on that show they just are all about wanting to tell a story well. So I love that. I love that they have the kind of humility to go you tell us.. .I had a prayer. I said a prayer in a surgery two episodes…The second to last episode. And basically the writer.. I was like, yeah, I don’t think I..and he was like, just do it. Pray when you’re on camera. And I did. I just think that’s been cool. It’s been really cool.
Do you feel there are other people that have your voice too or do you feel like …Do you feel like there are inroads being made that there are other actors or writers or directors who are cognizant of Christianity, are Christians or is it pretty secular?
I’ve met Christians everywhere I go, I’ve met Christians on every set I’ve been on, in the crew, the cast, everywhere. I’ve met producers who are Christians and are producing secular shows. So much beauty and truth can be found in every, in every different show that’s there. It might not be appropriate for children, for people of all ages, but I do think that, um, that that truth is a beautiful truth that people want, stories people want to tell. I’ve found it everywhere. I have.
Do you find prejudices against you for being a Christian?
I have have been only warmly received and welcomed. I’ve had moments early in my career that didn’t feel that way as much, but I have found that, especially on the show I’m on right now, people are enthusiastically interested in whatever it is that you love, you know, that’s how I have found the people that I work with. They’re just excited to hear about whatever I’m excited to talk about. That’s kind of the way that we all relate to one another.
You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
You know…You know me. You know when I sit and when I arise. You perceive my thoughts from afar. You observe my going out and my coming down. You are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is out my breath, you know it completely. You hem me in behind and before.
Too bad you don’t really know it.
I know. [laughing] This is one I go back to when I’m feeling particularly beaten down and not enough
What advice would you give if there was a high schooler/college age kid who just really felt like something in production, perhaps acting, was something God had created them to do?
I would tell them to go for it in the same way as if they felt a passion to go be an accountant somewhere. You know what I mean? I think sometimes we put too much of a gravity on what it is that we do. I think that I have…my husband has been great about reminding me Sarah this is a job. It’s a job. Everybody goes to work. Everybody has coworkers. You’re not on this other echelon of humanity because you happen to be onscreen. And thank the Lord in heaven I have a husband who tells me that and who reminds me that and in the same breath telling me that I am loved and extraordinary and all of those things. But yeah, I just think you go out into the world and if the door is open pursue with excellence whatever it is that you feel you are called to pursue.