Sara Ramirez quickly became famous when she appeared as Dr. Calliope “Callie” Torres in the second season of ABC’s hit drama series Grey’s Anatomy. Her character in the series was originally set to appear on the recurring basis but due to positive feedback from critics and fans, she got billed as a regular cast starting the third season. Even though she left the series after 12th season, she is still one of the most loved characters and fans inevitably miss their favorite doctor. Today we bring you some unknown facts about Ramirez you probably did not know.

Sara Ramirez was a Broadway star

Sara Ramirez looks stunning in red strapless dress

Before her TV fame, Sara was a well-known artist in New York City theaters. She made her debut in the Paul Simon’s 1998 show, The Capeman, as Wahzinak. She then started appearing in different Broadway shows and plays including Edward Kleban’s ‘A Class Act,‘ Mark Lamos’s The Gershwins Fascinating Rhythms‘ among others. She won a Tony award in 2005 for her performance in the musical drama, Spamalot, by Eric Idle and John Du Prez. One of the authors of The New York Times described her as a “toothsome devourer of scenery.” 

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As Dr. Callie in Grey’s Anatomy

Sara Ramirez portraying Callie Torres, she's wearing a doctor's coat and has her hand on her waist

Her role on Spamalot opened the door for her television career as she was called upon by ABC’s producers right after her performance. ABC executives were so impressed with her performance that she was offered a chance to choose any of the running show of ABC for a role. A fan of Grey’s Anatomy, she chose the show and landed the role of Dr. Callie from season 2. 

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Fought her way through depression 

Actress Sara Ramirez during the 2011 CNN Heros All-Star Tribute

After she lost her best friend, Al D. Rodriguez, in 2009, Sara suffered a severe depression. Rodriguez, who she referred to as her “gay husband” was more to her than a best friend. In 2011, Sara told Latina Magazine,

For about 10 or 11 years, up until he died, he opened my eyes to accepting myself and loving myself.

She fought back with help from advisors and counselors to the confident woman she is now.

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Active Philanthropist!  

Sara Ramirez at the Human Rights Campaign Gala in LA

Sara has been a humanitarian for a long time committed to bringing new changes in the world. She has done a great deal of social work for the betterment of the LGBT community. She took a year hiatus from her acting career to create a better environment for people of different genders. For her works as an activist, she was awarded the “Human Rights Campaign’s Ally for Equality Award” in 2015.   

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 Well-acclaimed singer!

Sara Ramirez holding a stand mic with her hands and her mouth is open

Apart from her acting performances and social works, Sara is also a well-acclaimed singer. Her singing talent came to highlight when she stole the show in a musical episode of Grey’s Anatomy in 2011. She released her album in 2011, which got listed on the Billboard 200 at no.37. Her cover of the song, The Story, originally recorded by Brandi Carlile, went up to no.69 on Billboard Hot 100.

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