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    7 Iconic "Grey's Anatomy" Stories Kate Walsh Just Told

    "I kind of liked being the wicked bitch..."

    It's pretty impossible not to obsess over Kate Walsh — which is something we learned firsthand when she visited the BuzzFeed office. She revealed 27 pretty amazing things about herself and shared some Grey's Anatomy scoop that will make any true fan nostalgic AF:

    1. Her first scene playing Addison in the Season 1 finale changed her life forever:

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    "That entrance [at the end of Season 1] changed my life. I got more calls and attention from that 60-second scene than anything in my career before. Isn’t that funny? Shonda [Rhimes] is a genius."

    2. And she fully embraced playing the "wicked bitch":

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    "Everyone hated me, but at that time there was no Twitter. There were chat rooms, but I never really went on them. I kind of liked being the Wicked Witch from the East. Or the wicked bitch. Shonda’s really gifted at flipping every character that’s seemingly awful. It’s a great lesson in how to have compassion for people that you initially hate."

    3. She (along with the rest of the US) was shocked when the show killed off her onscreen ex-husband Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd:


    "I was surprised when they killed off Patrick [Dempsey]. It had been so long and I was like, 'Oh, really?' And I tuned into that episode. It was like, 'Oh, I guess I should watch this.'"

    4. Morale was really low when the cast was filming Season 1 — and the name of the show changed, like, every day:

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    "I remember because I came in at Episode 8 — at that time the morale was really low. They kept changing the name of the show. It was Doctors and then Surgeons and then Complications and I was like, 'What a bullshit show title!' Grey’s Anatomy is the perfect title. To keep our morale up they started showing us episodes at Friday lunches that were already edited. And I was like, 'This is a really good show,' and I was so excited to be a part of it."

    5. She was almost on a different ABC show instead of Grey's:


    "I was supposed to do a pilot for another sitcom on ABC, and it didn’t end up getting picked up and then they called me to be a series regular on Grey’s and the world changed. It was stunning, right? It was really phenomenal. And that Super Bowl episode! That was what put us into the stratosphere."

    6. She doesn't go back and watch herself in old episodes:

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    "I don't! Once in a while I'll see a GIF somewhere online. It would be really interesting to go back and watch now — that would be really cool. It was funny, I was on The Today Show and I didn’t know that Taye Diggs was guest-hosting and they showed a little clip of us when Sam and Addison were dating [on Private Practice] and I was like, 'Oh my god, who is that girl?' It’s like watching someone else. I don’t usually watch myself — I get a little freaked out. It’s not good for me."

    7. She's super-grateful for the way that Addison has impacted so many fans' lives:

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    "Part of what I also love about what I do is hopefully contributing to the culture like Grey’s did — so many women have come up to me and said, 'I went to medical school because I saw Addison or because I watched Grey’s Anatomy.'"

    Need more Kate Walsh in your life? Read the rest of her amazing interview here.

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