Miracle docCapshaw diagnoses relationship woes on ‘Grey’s,’
dishes on Lifetime flick
Jessica Capshaw knows that couples don’t stay happy for long on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy.”
“Nobody tunes in to see domestic bliss,” Capshaw said during a recent conference call with reporters to promote her new Lifetime movie “One Angry Juror” (tomorrow at 9 p.m.).
“As we all know in physics, what heats up, must cool down. I think (executive producer) Shonda Rhimes does an unbelievable job. To be in a seventh-season show that seems to still have people talking the way that it does is just such an honor. It’s not for nothing that she has to keep things going up and going down.”
This season on the hit ABC medical drama (Thursdays at 9 p.m. on WCVB, Ch. 5), Capshaw’s character, Arizona Robbins, and her girlfriend, Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez), were blissfully in love until Arizona was awarded a prestigious grant and opted to take off for Africa without Callie. The story accommodates Capshaw’s maternity leave. She gave birth to her second child, daughter Eve, Oct. 20.
Capshaw wouldn’t say how many episodes she would be absent from “Grey’s.” “I don’t know that I’m allowed to say since it’s wrapped up in a story line,” she said. “If it is any, it won’t be many. Hopefully, (Arizona and Callie) come back to each other again.”
The Missouri native, daughter of actress Kate Capshaw, said she has been moved by the response her character has received.
“There have been so many times where I was bought to tears by people’s connection and understanding of this character,” she said. “And the comfort, the inspiration and the solace that this character on a weekly basis has given people . . . It’s been overwhelming and so beautiful.”
She wouldn’t mind, however, seeing a less cheery side of Arizona. “I keep saying to Shonda, ‘Everybody else has all these great ex-girlfriends, ex-boyfriends, all this stuff. Where’s my stuff?’ ” she said. “Arizona has just been so good - so yeah, it would be great to see if she has a little bad lurking somewhere.”
Capshaw filmed “One Angry Juror” while on summer hiatus from “Grey’s” when she was five months pregnant.
“I still feel like, at 34, I have a school year and then it becomes summer and I still have that part of me that I have had since I was 15 where it was like, ‘Oh, it’s time to get a summer job.’ ”
She was intrigued by the script in which a lawyer sitting on a jury becomes convinced the defendant is innocent.
“When I told people I was doing a Lifetime movie, people came out of the woodwork. I couldn’t believe how many people watch the network. So I think the network has a really nice hold on what people want to see.”http://news.bostonherald.com/entertainment/television/general/view.bg?articleid=1296112&srvc=home&position=also