Greys Anatomy is the one television show I will not miss. Ever. So when I found out my trip to Los Angeles included a tour of the set, which would be led by Jessica Capshaw (Dr. Arizona Robbins), I forgot about everything else that would take place that day.
We started by walking through the alley outside, where we learned interesting facts about production and the set as a whole. We were told how the alley can transform to rain, sunshine or a night sky, depending on the scene being taped.
Jessica Capshaw then led us through Meredith and Derek’s house! Yes, the “dream house”… and it was indeed dreamy! We walked through the kitchen, where we saw the small, yet important props that add detail to pull the scene together. For instance, Zola’s artwork on the refrigerator, wine in the cooler and a booster seat strapped on the chair.
We then took a walk into Meredith and Derek’s bedroom, where my eyes were instantly drawn to the frame above the bed. In that frame is the “marriage contract” from the Post-It Wedding.
Love each other, even when we hate each other.
Take care when old, senile and smelly.
This is forever.
After leaving Meredith and Derek’s house, we walked into Grey + Sloan Memorial Hospital. I think I caught goosebumps at this point, as I tried to soak every little bit in. I mean, I was standing in the hospital of Grey’s Anatomy.
After touring the set, we sat down to chat with the costume designer, Mimi Melgaard, and the genius behind the props, Angela Whiting. We took an up close look at costumes used on set and were able to hold a variety of props from the show.
After we learned about the props and costumes, we interviewed Sarah Drew (April Kepner), and it took everything in me not to scream “Thanks for saying YES to Jackson!”
Sarah Drew shared inside information about the show and working with her co-stars…. and just then, none other than Camillia Luddington (Dr. Jo Wilson) and Justin Chambers (Dr. Alex Kerev) walked over to our table!
It was definitely a day I will never forget, but to make things even more memorable, I was given a gift – from Shonda Rhimes! Take a look at my autographed scrub top:
Make sure you catch Grey’s Anatomy on Thursday nights at 9/8c, only on ABC. Past episodes can be seen at Abc.com