Shonda Rhimes and Oprah

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Shonda Rhimes
December 2006

Oprah: When you created McDreamy on Grey's Anatomy, who did you imagine him to be?

Shonda Rhimes: In some ways, he's a man who doesn't exist. In the first eight episodes, he seems like a perfect guy who's into Meredith—and the audience falls in love with him. But then it is revealed that he has a huge flaw: He has a wife. Isn't that the way it often happens in life? You get hooked before you discover the truth?

Read the full interview from the December 2006 issue.