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Kate Walsh's Own Private Practice

Published September 17, 2007 in Television
By Fred Topel | Image property of ABC.
Kate Walsh Kate Walsh in Private Practice
Getting a job on a hit new drama is a big deal. Getting your own show is almost unfathomable. Kate Walsh joined the cast of Grey's Anatomy as McDreamy's wife, never dreaming she'd become a regular. Now she's the star of the spinoff, Private Practice. She is already hard at work in production.

Kate Walsh on Private Practice

"Honestly, there is pressure but the pressure is eclipsed by the fact that we are so busy and I'm just kind of constantly focused on the next thing in front of me," said Walsh. "At this point, we are three days into shooting our first episode. So I'm thinking more about my 5:30 call tomorrow morning and all of my medical scenes."

Private Practice has Addison Montgomery move to L.A. to join a wellness center. Though her doctoring skills remain top notch, her personal life remains dramatic. "I think that's the sort of dichotomy there and I think that's sort of the interesting thing about a lot of the characters in this show is that professionally, these characters on Private Practice all have attained their dream. They are all choosing of their own volition to have a practice, a co-op and they have all of this choice. They are at the apex of their careers and yet they are sort of a mess personally. The same was with Grey's. I think that's what makes it compelling and interesting and identifiable. I think there's also something compelling about taking a character and just kind of plopping her in a new environment at 39 years old and just seeing her flail like a bug on her back. It's creatively challenging and interesting to me and I think every one of these characters in some way has a starting over situation in their storyline."

When Shonda Rhimes wrote an episode of Grey's Anatomy to introduce the idea of this spinoff, Walsh got all giddy. "I remember I was in bed at about 3:00 in the afternoon reading it like a teenager and having tiny screams of joy, and I was thrilled with it. I couldn't have been happier. It was like a really super top secret delicious diary of somebody else's I had just found. I was really beyond thrilled. So it's been like a very good, good dream."

The ride seems to never end for the lucky actress. "I feel really, really fortunate and I could have never ever dreamed this up. Literally, I don't mean to sound Pollyanna-ish because I'm not. I'm a cynical bastard with a cold black heart. But I really feel like I'm living a really great dream. I couldn't have imagined it and I'm really grateful for her imagination that's much bigger than mine because mine, it goes like die alone in a box on a street somewhere. So it's much better than that obviously."

Private Practice premieres September 26 on ABC.

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