'Grey's Anatomy' Postmortem: Sarah Drew Breaks Down April's Choice
The actress talks with THR about April's romantic future and how her decision will impact her professionally.
[Warning: This story contains spoilers from the "Take It Back" episode of ABC's Grey's Anatomy.]
April has made her choice on ABC's Grey's Anatomy.
During Thursday's midseason premiere, Sarah Drew's lovable doc April made her choice between Jackson (Jesse Williams) and Matthew (Justin Bruening) and her decision was an easy one: Jackson.
After months of back and forth, the on-again, off-again couple cemented their relationship when April not only ran out of her own wedding with another man eloped with Jackson, driving straight from her ceremony to Matthew to Reno to tie the knot with her best friend.
Only the newlyweds are, in a bid to respect Stephanie (Jerrika Hinton), keeping their marriage under wraps as Grey's jumped three weeks ahead to show that unnamed residents have filed a complaint with human resources that prompts the board to consider a zero-tolerance ban on the docs dating subordinates. The policy will likely put pressure on Jackson and April to reveal the nature of their relationship -- and deliver another blow to Stephanie. (For the highlights from the episode, click here.)
The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Drew to discuss April's choice, the hospital's new policy and how Mama Avery (Debbie Allen) might respond to her son's new bride.
April and Jackson eloped! What was your first reaction when you found out?
I knew that Jackson was going to interrupt the wedding and that April was going to wind up with him but I didn't know that they were going to get married. There was a lot of debate about whether this is a beginning of their romantic relationship and if this is where it starts vs. not doing that because April isn't just going to destroy somebody in order to start dating someone else that may or may not work. Jackson standing up and then sitting down and then standing up again and April choosing to run out the door with him was both of them saying, "I do," to each other. There is no half way. That's why the decision was made for them to immediately get married. I thought it was right for the journey of these characters. It's a bit insane but April and Jackson know each other so well. As the story develops, we will see things come out that they didn't know about each other -- things they didn't think about -- so they're going to have to pick up some pieces and do some significant navigating through these choppy waters of a crazy fast marriage.
With the hospital's new zero tolerance policy, where do Jackson and April go from here?
I don't think they are going to be able to keep it a secret for much longer. It makes them face the consequence of not only running out of the wedding but also getting married. It's a double, triple, quadruple blow to Stephanie. Not only did he just reject her and run out with this other person, but he immediately got married. It's like when two people are dating for a long time and then you find out on Facebook six months later that they're engaged to someone else -- it's crushing. It's brutal and there are going to be some fallouts from that but it makes for some fun scenes to play.
Leah and/or Stephanie presumably filed this claim. How much worse will Stephanie finding out they're married make their already rocky relationship?
It's going to be rough but everybody has to pull it together for the sake of getting their job done. The hardest thing for April and Jackson in all of this is that all they want to do is enjoy the fact that they finally realized that they are meant to be together. You want them to be able to embrace that and be in a honeymoon stage and have fun, but the fact of the matter is because of the timing they have left so much disaster in their wake that they have to work really hard to mend that. That's a lot of energy when you're trying to enjoy one another. There's guilt mixed into all of it because you hurt people but was it the right choice? Yes. But because of the way that they did it, it ends up becoming drama central.
Could we see Matthew again?
We do not see Matthew again. I think he's so humiliated by this entire scenario that he just can't face April or anyone that she knows.He was such a loving person for April; it's awful.
Hopefully she'll find out six months later that he's engaged to somebody else on Facebook.
Totally! That would be awesome.
Catherine Avery hasn't been April's biggest fan. How might she respond to the marriage -- and not being at her son's wedding?
Catherine does come back for an episode and holy cow it's explosive. That's pretty much all I can say but there's some stuff that's said. (Laughs.)
Is April going to let Catherine steamroll her or could she continue to get stronger and stand up to her?
April is continuing to come into her own and continuing to stand up and say the things that she knows are important. We have some scenes with Catherine and I am proud of April. The scenes are really intense but it's great and it shows April and Jackson are really on each other's team in a way that's pretty phenomenal.
How might their marriage impact their working relationship?
There are some growing pains where there are moments when certain patients do or say things that bring things up for April and Jackson in their own relationship and they have to sort through and navigate that stuff. Their working relationship is going to affect their marriage. Things start to pop out that they realize they haven't really talked about. There are really big questions that start to arise.
Who, if anyone, at the hospital is going to be their biggest cheerleader?
There's a bit of the ganging up from the residents trying to be a solid team and fight for the sake of Stephanie but other people like Arizona (Jessica Capshaw), Callie (Sara Ramirez) and Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) are all behind April and Jackson when that is revealed. I think they are surprised and a little shocked by it but they do get behind it. They've seen the two of them, they know.
Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on ABC. Hit the comments below with your thoughts -- did April pick the right guy? Check out a pic of the happy couple, below.