Sarah Drew - who played April in Grey's Anatomy - remembers the day she was let go from the show well. The actress has opened up about that moment.
Drew was shadowing her costar Kevin McKidd who was serving as director for the episode they were shooting. "It was in the afternoon and I went back to my trailer and I did my crying and called my people. A whole bunch of people came into my trailer to give me hugs and cry with me and tell me they were so sad I was leaving. I was supposed to be shadowing Kevin this whole episode with the hope that I would get to direct an episode of Grey's but [after being let go] it seemed like wasn't a possibility anymore," she said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
"I wondered if I should keep shadowing Kevin. My husband was like, ‘Of course you go.' I had this incredible opportunity to grow as a director and as an artist with a director that I respect so much. I had nothing to be ashamed of and didn't need to hide. So that's what I did: I showed up the next morning at 6 a.m. and shadowed Kevin until I got cast as Cagney and had to leave to go shoot CBS' Cagney and Lacey," she continued.
Cagney and Lacey was not picked up to series.
Drew said being let go was "painful," but she is "a believer in things happening for a reason and finding beauty in the midst of grief."
ABC announced Drew and Jessica Capshaw (Arizona) would be departing the show in March 2018.
Drew told THR that she was told the show has too many characters and "they needed to downsize because they couldn't service all of the characters effectively."
"They didn't want any of us to be left in the background and not getting much of a story," she said.
"Krista Vernoff said that she felt like April had been through so much and had come out the other side and that she didn't know what she could put her through again. It was really hard to hear that. But Krista had a lot of very complimentary things to say about the work that I had done — especially this past season — and that April was going to have her happy ending," Drew added.
Read the full interview on THR.