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A little "Spamalot" goes a long way for actress Sara Ramirez, who joined the cast in season two as orthopedic surgeon Dr. Callie Torres.

Sara was playing "The Lady of the Lake" on Broadway when ABC producers spotted her. "They said, 'Be on our network, pick a show.' They sent me every show they had, and Grey's Anatomy was my favorite," she says. "I was a huge fan." After breakfast with show creator Shonda Rhimes, Sara had a part!

Sara says she was a wreck on her first day, especially because she was cast as a love interest for an actor she had a crush on—T.R. Knight, who plays Dr. George O'Malley. "It was surreal to meet the characters because I was a fan," she says.

Now Sara's so comfortable with T.R., she even has a kissing pact with him! "When you're very close to one another ... the breath can sometimes play a part," Sara says. "We just agreed to ... let each other know if we need to chew some gum or have a mint."
FROM: On Location: Oprah on the Set of Grey's Anatomy
Published on November 17, 2006


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