Grey's Anatomy's Cristina (Sandra Oh) and Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) were and always will be each other's "person," even though the former left Seattle in the May 15 Season 10 finale. And it sounds like Sandra and Meredith share an equal connection, from what she tells The Hollywood Reporter.
On the topic of her last scene with Ellen, the 42-year-old actress points out that scene's part in a trend she noticed over her last years with the show.
"My three most difficult scenes in the past three years have all been the same scene number," Sandra says. "There was an episode in Season 6 that I did with [Kevin McKidd] where I talked about Burke — the 'Pieces of Me' speech. That was Scene 44; I could barely get through it. Then in this season's Burke episode, when Cristina equalized herself with Burke — that was Scene 44; it was really challenging. In the finale, Scene 44 was an extremely important scene between Meredith and Cristina. I remember reading it, and I hated the scene. "
Hated the scene? Huh? She explains:
"It made no sense to me, and I couldn't connect to it. But sometimes the place that is the most resistant is, a lot of the times, the place to mine … In the context of the scene, it means something else because Cristina is trying to leave and can't because she doesn't feel finished. What was challenging for me was, I was finishing."
And finally, the "I am not finished" line resonated with her — having realized that it was about more than just Cristina's work at the hospital. "I cannot tell you how much that line means to me," she says.
At least Sandra had such a reliable scene partner for such a nuanced moment: "It was deeply emotional. It was the last scene that Ellen and I shot. I can't speak for how it was for her to shoot that, but at the very end, I remember feeling for our chests embracing. I'm holding her, and I can hear that she's tearing up. I was holding her, and it felt like we were one body."
Grey's Anatomy Season 11 airs this fall.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter