Sara Ramirez wants to return to Grey’s Anatomy
Sara Ramirez has indicated that she would come back to Grey’s Anatomy — if asked.
The bisexual star came out publicly in 2016, seven years after her character Callie Torres did the same, explaining that the Orlando Massacre had a large impact on her decision to reveal her sexuality.
She left the show in the same year to be on CBS’s Madam Secretary, and her ex-wife Arizona Robbins — played by Jessica Capshaw, who said playing a lesbian had changed her life — followed suit in May, at the end of season 14.
In the world of the hospital drama, the two are now set to reunite in New York, where Arizona has gone to spend more time with their daughter, Sofia, but it seems like Ramirez is open to her character returning to Seattle.
Yesterday (September 26), the star tweeted: “For the record @CBS has been nothing but gracious and generous to me.
“They are open to Callie coming back! The ball is in @ABCNetwork ‘s court. ✌ ”
The post raised hopes for many fans, especially those who know Callie and Arizona’s love story as a special, rare moment of queer female representation on TV, particularly in the 2000s.
Last month, during an Instagram Q&A, Grey’s Anatomy creator and Shondaland founder Shonda Rhimes said the show had attempted to get permission from CBS for Ramirez to be in the season 14 finale.
“We tried,” said Rhimes. “CBS has a hold of her. Because she is on another show, and we can’t get her.
“But we love her. Always. This is her home. Come home Callie.”
Everything seems set up for Callie, the longest-running LGBT+ character on TV ever, to walk back through the doors of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital — but we’ll just have to wait and see.
The show has repeatedly made leaps forward in terms of LGBT+ storylines and characters.
Last season, it featured transgender actress Candis Cayne as a patient who came to Grey Sloan for a revolutionary vaginoplasty surgery.
The show’s writers were inspired by the story of Hayley Anthony, a trans woman who helped Dr Jess Ting to create a new way of performing such surgeries.
Proof of the series’ effect on young viewers was clear earlier this year, when it was revealed that a teenager in New Mexico had used a Grey’s Anatomy timestamp to come out in her high school yearbook.
And season 15, which starts tonight (September 27), will see the drama’s first gay male surgeon in the shape of Dr Nico Kim, played by Alex Landi.
It looks like Dr Kim will become involved in a gay romance as well, hooking up with an intern at the hospital.