Station 19 main woman makes fiery Gray’s Anatomy debut

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The Gray’s Anatomy universe is increasing.

Thursday’s episode of Gray’s Anatomy will introduce Shondaland’s latest main woman, Station 19‘s Andy Herrera (Jaina Lee Ortiz), kicking off the massive TGIT Crossover Occasion — the hour is adopted by a Scandal and Get Away with Homicide crossover.

Station 19, which can make its formal debut on Thursday, March 22, follows a heroic group of firefighters on the close by firehouse. And because the fictional Station 19 is simply three blocks down from Gray Sloan Memorial, the spin-off is ripe with crossover alternatives, therefore Andy being launched on the flagship first. However she’ll accomplish that in memorable trend, arriving on the hospital along with her hand inside a affected person.

“She’s basically in someone else’s house, and she has no idea what to do,” Ortiz tells EW. “It’s scary and stressful. I mean, I’m excited; I don’t know if Andy’s excited, but in a way, Andy lives for the adrenaline. It’s everything she knows. In this particular situation, there’s this panic. Andy’s so used to just stopping and dropping off the people at the hospital, not ever having to go inside and finish the job. So it’s scary, but also very fascinating.”

That’s loads like how Ortiz felt getting into Andy Herrera’s sneakers on the earth of Gray’s. “I felt so special and so very happy to be there,” she says. “It was a surreal feeling of getting binge-watched Gray’s Anatomy for a number of years, so to lastly be strolling on their set, I can’t even put it into phrases. Simply having the ability to work with Ellen [Pompeo], who’s an icon, I can’t even. I attempted to pinch myself many instances. It was that surreal.”

Gray’s Anatomy‘s personal main woman, Meredith Gray (Pompeo), will likely be there to information Andy by means of the state of affairs, making a bond between them that may come again into play throughout Station 19‘s upcoming debut. “Eventually, we’ll get to discover that they have similar life experiences growing up,” Ortiz says. “I think they’re both bonded because emotionally there are things that females go through in their industries. A lot of it tends to be bottled up inside, but when you have another female who can connect with you and feel what you’re feeling, there’s this instant sisterhood that evolves and develops.”

“I feel like they’re both independent, strong, successful, smart women who just want to be the best in their profession,” she continues. “They’re human. At the end of the day, they’re not perfect, they’re going to make mistakes, they’re going to fall, and eventually have to get back up. But when you have that support, when you have someone there, it makes life easier.”

Pompeo, too, was in a position to provide some recommendation to Ortiz on tips on how to be a Shondaland main woman. “She shared with me many nuggets,” Ortiz says. “The best thing I got from her is to take care of myself. Obviously, the schedule of drama TV is very hectic, and it involves putting in 70 hours plus a week, so she advised me to take care of myself, eat well, get rest, and make sure that I’m prepared and ready and available to perform at my best, just so that I can be there for everyone else in the show. That was what I took away.”

Gray’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at eight p.m. ET on ABC. Station 19 may have a two-hour premiere at eight p.m. on Thursday, March 22, after which will shift to its common 9 p.m. slot. Scandal will then shift to 10 p.m. for its closing run, with a sequence finale on April 19.

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