One of our favourite orthopedic surgeons of all time, Dr. Callie Torres, is hanging up her lab coat.
This was confirmed by actress Sara Ramirez, who has starred on ABC’s popular medical drama series, Grey’s Anatomy, since 2006.
Grey’s Anatomy’s 12th season will be Sara’s last.
In a touching send-off, Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes wrote, “Dr. Callie Torres came into our lives dancing it out in her underwear almost a decade ago and I could not be happier or more proud of her journey. Sara Ramirez’s performance inspired me as well as millions of fans each week. We wish her the best on her well-deserved time off.”
This was echoed by Sara, who posted the following statement on her Twitter:
Sara Ramirez is a Mexican singer-songwriter and actress. She first rose to fame more than a decade ago when she played the Lady of the Lake in the original Broadway musical, “Spamalot”. It was a role for which she won the Tony Awards for “Best Featured Actress in a Musical”.
Following her success on Broadway, she joined the cast of Grey’s Anatomy in a recurring role as Dr. Calliope “Callie” Torres in the show’s 2nd season.
By the 3rd season, she was a series regular.
The orthopedic resident was conceived as a love interest, and eventual wife, for George O’Malley (played by T.R. Knight). Further storylines include relationships (some bisexual) between her and plastic surgeon, Mark Sloan (played by Eric Dane), cardiothoracic surgeon Erica Hahn (played by Brooke Smith), as well as a marriage to paediatric surgeon Arizona Robbins (played by Jessica Capshaw).
But acting was not the only thing that she did for Grey’s Anatomy.
Sara provided a cappella vocals in the song “Silent Night” for the soundtrack of the show’s 6th season episode, “Holidaze”. Her voice was also showcased in the musical episode of Grey’s Anatomy, “Song Beneath the Song”.
And to think that her character was initially created to be disliked by her colleagues. Look how that turned out ;) We’ll definitely miss her!
Meanwhile, Grey’s Anatomy has been renewed for Season 13, making it one of the longest-running scripted dramas in TV history.