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The actress talks with THR about April’s romantic future and how her decision will impact her professionally.
[Warning: This story contains spoilers from the "Take It Back" episode of ABC's Grey's Anatomy.]
April has made her choice on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy.
During Thursday’s midseason premiere, Sarah Drew’s lovable doc April made her choice between Jackson (Jesse Williams) and Matthew (Justin Bruening) and her decision was an easy one: Jackson.
After months of back and forth, the on-again, off-again couple cemented their relationship when April not only ran out of her own wedding with another man eloped with Jackson, driving straight from her ceremony to Matthew to Reno to tie the knot with her best friend.
Only the newlyweds are, in a bid to respect Stephanie (Jerrika Hinton), keeping their marriage under wraps as Grey’s jumped three weeks ahead to show that unnamed residents have filed a complaint with human resources that prompts the board to consider a zero-tolerance ban on the docs dating subordinates. The policy will likely put pressure on Jackson and April to reveal the nature of their relationship — and deliver another blow to Stephanie. (For the highlights from the episode, click here.)
The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Drew to discuss April’s choice, the hospital’s new policy and how Mama Avery (Debbie Allen) might respond to her son’s new bride.
April and Jackson eloped! What was your first reaction when you found out?
I knew that Jackson was going to interrupt the wedding and that April was going to wind up with him but I didn’t know that they were going to get married. There was a lot of debate about whether this is a beginning of their romantic relationship and if this is where it starts vs. not doing that because April isn’t just going to destroy somebody in order to start dating someone else that may or may not work. Jackson standing up and then sitting down and then standing up again and April choosing to run out the door with him was both of them saying, “I do,” to each other. There is no half way. That’s why the decision was made for them to immediately get married. I thought it was right for the journey of these characters. It’s a bit insane but April and Jackson know each other so well. As the story develops, we will see things come out that they didn’t know about each other — things they didn’t think about — so they’re going to have to pick up some pieces and do some significant navigating through these choppy waters of a crazy fast marriage.
With the hospital’s new zero tolerance policy, where do Jackson and April go from here?
I don’t think they are going to be able to keep it a secret for much longer. It makes them face the consequence of not only running out of the wedding but also getting married. It’s a double, triple, quadruple blow to Stephanie. Not only did he just reject her and run out with this other person, but he immediately got married. It’s like when two people are dating for a long time and then you find out on Facebook six months later that they’re engaged to someone else — it’s crushing. It’s brutal and there are going to be some fallouts from that but it makes for some fun scenes to play.
Leah and/or Stephanie presumably filed this claim. How much worse will Stephanie finding out they’re married make their already rocky relationship?
It’s going to be rough but everybody has to pull it together for the sake of getting their job done. The hardest thing for April and Jackson in all of this is that all they want to do is enjoy the fact that they finally realized that they are meant to be together. You want them to be able to embrace that and be in a honeymoon stage and have fun, but the fact of the matter is because of the timing they have left so much disaster in their wake that they have to work really hard to mend that. That’s a lot of energy when you’re trying to enjoy one another. There’s guilt mixed into all of it because you hurt people but was it the right choice? Yes. But because of the way that they did it, it ends up becoming drama central.
Could we see Matthew again?
We do not see Matthew again. I think he’s so humiliated by this entire scenario that he just can’t face April or anyone that she knows.He was such a loving person for April; it’s awful.
Hopefully she’ll find out six months later that he’s engaged to somebody else on Facebook.
Totally! That would be awesome.
Catherine Avery hasn’t been April’s biggest fan. How might she respond to the marriage — and not being at her son’s wedding?
Catherine does come back for an episode and holy cow it’s explosive. That’s pretty much all I can say but there’s some stuff that’s said. (Laughs.)
Is April going to let Catherine steamroll her or could she continue to get stronger and stand up to her?
April is continuing to come into her own and continuing to stand up and say the things that she knows are important. We have some scenes with Catherine and I am proud of April. The scenes are really intense but it’s great and it shows April and Jackson are really on each other’s team in a way that’s pretty phenomenal.
How might their marriage impact their working relationship?
There are some growing pains where there are moments when certain patients do or say things that bring things up for April and Jackson in their own relationship and they have to sort through and navigate that stuff. Their working relationship is going to affect their marriage. Things start to pop out that they realize they haven’t really talked about. There are really big questions that start to arise.
Who, if anyone, at the hospital is going to be their biggest cheerleader?
There’s a bit of the ganging up from the residents trying to be a solid team and fight for the sake of Stephanie but other people like Arizona (Jessica Capshaw), Callie (Sara Ramirez) and Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) are all behind April and Jackson when that is revealed. I think they are surprised and a little shocked by it but they do get behind it. They’ve seen the two of them, they know.
[Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Thursday's Grey's Anatomy. Read at your own risk!]
April did, in fact, get married in the Grey’s Anatomy midseason premiere. But the groom was the toss-up.
After running away from her wedding to Matthew (Justin Bruening) with Jackson (Jesse Williams), April (Sarah Drew) freaked out when the realization hit that she had just crushed someone’s dreams all so she could … date her ex-boyfriend? So, Jackson and April made it official after a road trip to Reno, though they’ve kept it secret from their co-workers for the last three weeks. But will the new rule being instituted that says superiors cannot date their subordinates unless they were already married, it won’t be long before the news gets out. How will the doctors of Grey Sloan Memorial, particularly Jackson’s ex-girlfriend Stephanie (Jerrika Hinton), react? TVGuide.com sat down with Drew on the set of Grey’s to get the scoop.
April chose Jackson! How is she feeling about that decision?
Sarah Drew: Like most decisions that April makes, she is full of confusion and lots of emotion. No matter what decision she was going to make, she was going to hurt somebody. There was no way to avoid that. Dealing with the wreckage of the heart that she just demolished in front of all of his friends and family is going to take a toll on her emotionally. But she knows that this is the right decision because she knows that Jackson is the person for her. It’s bittersweet. They’re so happy and so in love and grateful to have not made a mistake, but, at the same time, they’ve left a ton of wreckage in their wake and there are consequences to that.
Has it been hard for them to secretly date in the hospital?
Drew: They love it. Keeping it a secret is the thing that enables them to insulate themselves and not to deal with the wreckage. They just desperately want to have honeymoon time; a moment that they can enjoy the fact that they actually realized they wanted to be together and they acted on it. There’s a bit of denial of the pain that they left by keeping it secret and they want to hold onto that.
How will the new rule affect them in particular?
Drew: It’s going to be hard, but in some ways, it’s going to be a huge relief to them. It’s hard to keep it a secret and sneak around. It’s sexy also, so there’s mixed feelings about finally telling people what’s going on, but they have to. There’s no way to get around it. If they get caught, they could get in trouble.
What’s that working relationship with Stephanie?
Drew: It’s all really awful and we’ll see a lot of that play out with Stephanie’s interactions with her friends and with Jackson. The momentary interactions Stephanie has with April, you’ll see a lot of that pain right in front of April’s face. They have to deal with it, but it’s hard because you want to just celebrate the fact that you’ve found the person you want to spend your life with, but in April and Jackson’s case, they can’t just celebrate because they’ve hurt a lot of people.
How will the hospital react when they learn the truth?
Drew: Everybody is shocked. It’s not something that they expected from April, for sure, or from Jackson. April and Jackson never even dated. They had a sexual relationship for a period of time, but they’ve mostly been best friends, so everyone is completely flabbergasted and shocked by it. This is a much deeper wound for Stephanie to find out that not only did Jackson leave her at the wedding — also, he was her ride, so there’s that — but he went and married somebody else on the same day. That’s a pretty awful scenario for Stephanie.
How will Jackson and April deal with now being in a relationship?
Drew: They’re coming to terms with the fact that they have some very different sets of values and that is going to create tension in their marriage. Some of these things they just really haven’t thought about because it happened so quickly. They’re living together and thinking about the potential of kids eventually. How are they going to raise their kids? April’s belief system is different than Jackson’s belief system. How do you navigate that? We’ll see a lot of that tension and drama build over the next several episodes.
“Grey’s Anatomy” fans, did you see that coming?
SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t watched “Grey’s Anatomy” Season 10, Episode 13, “Take it Back,” read ahead at your own risk.
After April (Sarah Drew) chose Jackson (Jesse Williams), leaving Matthew (Justin Bruening) at the altar and all their family and friends in shock, fans thought they’d seen the episode’s biggest surprise… oh how wrong they were.
Yahoo TV talked to Sarah Drew about April’s choice, April and Jackson’s secret quickie wedding, and why fans can celebrate now, but it’s not all happiness and rainbows ahead. They still have to tell Mama Avery!
How long have you known who April would choose?
I knew that the wedding was going to happen, and I knew that she was going to choose Jackson from day one. Sitting down with the writers at the beginning of the season, we knew that this was the trajectory. I didn’t know how it was all going to go down, and I definitely didn’t know she was immediately going to marry Jackson. But I did know that Jackson and April were going to wind up together.
And fans thought this whole time that the biggest reveal would be at the beginning of the episode…. and then they end on adorable married April and Jackson, and wow. How do you think the fans will react?
I think there will be a lot of mixed reactions — there are people who are definitely all about Matthew on Twitter, but I also think that the Jackson-April fans are super hardcore and super intense. Like, “I will stop watching the show if she does not choose Jackson! They are meant to be together!” [Laughs.] So they’ll be excited that they’re together, but I think there might be mixed reactions about them getting married. Well, mostly mixed reactions about not getting to see the wedding. [Laughs.] Everything happened so fast and you’re just getting little tiny pieces.
I love how it was done, but there’s a part of me that’s like, man, as a viewer really wanting this couple to get together, I would’ve loved to see them finding the person to marry them and getting married and having that sort of epically romantic moment. But I do think the moment in the apartment at the end is pretty epically romantic in its own way, and certainly the scene outside of the car is just insane…. so I think it’ll give the Japril fans a lot to get excited about.
Now there are bigger stakes for the hospital, and obviously your new TV husband has a lot to do with that. How will the reveal shake things up even more?
Now that we have this rule that nobody can fraternize with each other, that is going to create issues for them because, thus far, they are not sharing the fact that they are married with anybody. They’re not even sharing the fact that they’re together or involved at all with anybody. I think part of them keeping the secret is, in a way, trying to keep this little bubble that just belongs to the two of them. Because as soon as they let that information out into the universe, they’re gonna have to deal with the wreckage they’ve left in their wake. They want a minute — a minute! — to just delight in the fact that they made the right choice and chose each other, and they finally know that that’s exactly who they should have chosen. They want to delight in that for a little bit…. but there’s so much pain that they left behind. So it’s going to be a challenge.
Are Jo and Alex going to get married next? They’re almost too perfect for each other — it’s a little scary. But do you have happy couple predictions for anyone now that you’re part of a happy couple?
Oh…. wow. Everybody’s in such turmoil right now! [Laughs.] I’m sitting here flipping through the couples in my head going, “Nope, they’re not OK. Nope, neither are they.” Nobody’s happy right now except April and Jackson. But April and Jackson are going to have some things that are gonna come up. As their relationship progresses, they’re gonna realize how quickly they rushed into this thing, and they’re gonna realize there are a whole lot of things they never talked about and things they didn’t know about each other. There are going to be some really big things that they have to navigate, and we’re gonna have to see how strong they are and how dedicated they are to fight for their relationship. So that’s all coming on the horizon, too…. it’s sad! We never let anybody be happy for very long on our show. [Laughs.]
Have you already shot the inevitable, awkward, probably dinner at a fancy restaurant scene with Mama Avery [Debbie Allen] yet?
[Laughs.] Oh, yes, we have shot Mama Avery stuff, and it is intense. Intense! She is so good…. it’s really good, but ooh, does she have some things to say! Through the whole thing with Mama Avery, I’m very proud of how April handles herself in this scenario. And I’m really proud of Jackson, too — the whole thing with Mama Avery actually rallies April and Jackson together as an even stronger unit.
If the latest Grey’s Anatomy left you downright giddy, you’re not alone. Sarah Drew was just as thrilled and surprised as the rest of us after she first read the script, which had more than one big moment for April Kepner.
First, there was the dramatic wedding exit with Jackson (Jesse Williams), who at the tail end of the last new episode declared his love in front of hundreds of April’s wedding attendees. Then, there was the biggest reveal of the night: April and Jackson not only ran away together — they also got married!
Still speechless from the moment, EW called up Sarah Drew for scoop on the big reveal and what comes next for the pair.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So, to start, tell me about the first time you read the script for tonight’s episode.
SARAH DREW: I remember I was so excited. I was sitting down and reading the script and giggling with glee through all of the scenes. And as soon as I saw Jesse, I said, ‘Oh my god, it’s so good!’ He was so excited too. It was fun. We knew it was coming. We were told at the beginning of the season that this whole big wedding interruption thing was going to happen and that April and Jackson were going to wind up together. So we knew this was coming. But I just think it was done really well and it was really beautiful and lovely. I didn’t know that they were going to get married immediately, so that was a surprise. It was fun. It was really cool and surprising.
So you knew they were going to end up together, you just didn’t know they were going to flash that ring at the end and send my soul into orbit?
Yes, exactly. We had been told the trajectory was April and Jackson were going to end up together after this potential wedding situation. But we didn’t know that meant marriage. And there was a lot of discussion about whether they should start their romantic relationship at that point and then work through all sorts of issues and then get to a wedding down the road or get married right away. One of the big things was that after all of this stuff about becoming a virgin again and being very committed to waiting until marriage to have sex, if April and Jackson are going to be together, they’re going to want to do that, right? [Laughs] And you can’t have her back out of that promise after that has been such an important part of her journey. And she’s not going to destroy a person’s life to date somebody. So, anyway, I guess taking all of those things into consideration they were like, ‘Okay. Well, I guess they have to get married. There’s no way around that.’ And that’s how this relationship is going to work.
I’m glad you brought up her fiancé because he wasn’t really mentioned in this episode and in the aftermath. Are we going to see them have a confrontation later on?
No. Thus far we haven’t. I think he’s just so deeply humiliated and mortified that he’s not interested in talking to her or anyone she knows. He just can’t show his face. It’s awful. Like, as awesome as it is that April and Jackson are together, what they did to Stephanie and Matthew is just horrific and so awful. They’ve left so much destruction in their wake.
Are April’s interactions with Stephanie (Jerrika Hinton) going to get any better after the news gets out about their marriage? Like, at least she’ll know it wasn’t for a fling or to date, like you said.
I think there will eventually be some sort of healing in terms of ability to work together. But, you know, Stephanie now has to go to work with all these people who watched her be rejected in the most horrible of ways. So it’s painful, and she’s an intern. It’s not like she’s the head of surgery and something like this happened and everybody has to continue to be respectful. It’s a very painful situation that she was left in and she’s going to deal with the pain of it for a while.
What about April and Jackson as a married couple? What’s going to be their next big challenge?
I think that’s wonderful and sweet is that we get to see some adorable, sweet moments about the ways in which they are who they are and they love each other for being exactly who they are. I kind of love seeing those little things happen, but there will also be some pretty significant issues that arise because they really just flew into this marriage. They didn’t think about it at all, and to be honest, yes, they’ve been best friends for a little while, but they never even dated. They never had a conversation about any big things like kids or how they see the world or how different April sees the world and how different [it is] from the way Jackson sees the world. So these sort of very big core issues are going to come up and create some significant tension, and April and Jackson are going to have to figure out how to navigate that and really fight for each other and their relationship in the midst of it. So it’s good. There’s some really good meaty stuff coming up.
Do they have to deal with all of that in private or does the rest of the gang eventually find out about the marriage?
Well, because now there’s this rule against fraternization they’re kind of in a rough spot. They can either pretend that they’re not together in any way shape or form, or they’re going to have to tell their secret. We’ll find out in the next episode what they choose to do. It’s kind of hard to pretend you’re not together when you’re working constantly and around each other constantly and people are watching you all the time. So they’ll have to figure that out very soon.
Are we going to get to see April meet Jackon’s mom?
Yes. And there are things that happen for sure.
In terms of them as a couple, are you glad that their path was, ultimately, quite different than others we’ve seen on the show. I mean, we’ve seen a lot of relationships on this show over the course of ten seasons. But this one has managed to be a standout for its unique trajectory.
I love Jackson and April because I didn’t see it coming. So many times, it’s very clear from the beginning that there’s a spark and an attraction. As an audience, you say, ‘That person was brought onto the show to become that for that person.’ But for me and Jesse, for three years on the show, we never thought we were going to end up together. There was no movement toward these people being soul mates; it was just about them being friends and best friends. They rib on each other and they make fun of each other and they’re there for each other — but just friends. And I love that about them. I love that both Jesse and I had no idea it was coming, and that we weren’t playing any of that stuff because sometimes that’s what happens in relationships. You just all of a sudden one day realize that, ‘This is my person and I didn’t know this whole time.’
Jackson or Matthew? Matthew or Jackson?
When we last saw Dr. April Kepner, she was standing at the altar about to marry Paramedic Matthew (Justin Bruenig)… but who stood up and loudly objected? None other than Jackson (Jesse Williams).
The midseason cliffhanger ended there and tonight we finally find out what happened next.
And to build the anticipation a little bit more, we checked in with Sarah Drew, who plays April, to talk about Grey’s Anatomy Season 10 Episode 13. Gather up tons of scoop from the actress now…
TV Fanatic: Everyone is DYING to know who April chose. Will we find out sooner rather than later or will be in suspense much longer?
Sarah Drew: We will find out in the first few seconds!
TVF: Will April’s decision be more with her heart or her mind?
SD: I don’t think I can answer that since I’ve said in other interviews that the heart choice would be Jackson and the head choice would be Matthew. Don’t make me give anything away!!
TVF: The writers could go either way with her choice – how did you feel when YOU found out who April chose?
SD: I knew it was coming and I was excited… Well, I had mixed feelings since no matter who she chooses, she would end up hurting someone horribly… So it was mixed, I think. But at the end of the day, I do think she made the absolute right choice!
TVF: Regardless of who she chose, how will her decision impact life at the hospital with some of her co-workers?
SD: What happened in the barn will create ripples through the hospital because all of these people still have to work together. Stephanie and Jackson and April all work together and Matthew works there and will see April all the time in the ER, so no matter what her choice is, drama will ensue.
TVF: How challenging was it working in such a fabulous wedding dress?
SD: Oh my gosh! I loooved that dress. I will say that after the fifth full day in it, I started longing for my scrubs again It was so beautiful and I felt so beautiful in it, but it was also pretty constricting after a while.
TVF: In coming episodes, which will present more challenges for April – personal life or hospital life?
SD: They are both so interconnected that I think they both present the same amount of challenges.
TVF: Who would you like to have more scenes with that maybe you don’t get to very much?
SD: Sara Ramirez. Love working with her and we haven’t had very many scenes together.
TVF: Did you have advice for some of the newer cast members when they started on the show? You were the newbie once, too!
SD: I think my main piece of advice was to not take the message boards to heart. It takes a little time for fans to come on board with new characters. I was in that position when I first came on the show and it took a while for people warm up to April. It’s important not to take it personally.
TVF: Other than GREYS, what show are you addicted to?
SD: Scandal. Parenthood. House Of Cards. New Girl. Nashville. Those are my faves!