5 Unknown facts about Grey’s Anatomy star Sara Ramirez
Sara Ramirez 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 regularly, but due to positive feedback from critics and fans. Moreover, she gained billed as a regular cast starting the third season.
Even though she left the series after the 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.
Before her TV fame, Sara Ramirez 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 Broadway shows and plays, including Edward Kleban’s ‘A-Class Act’ and Mark Lamos’s The Gershwins Fascinating Rhythms‘ among others.
Sara 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.”
Sara Ramirez played As Dr. Callie in Grey’s Anatomy
Sara Ramirez’s role on Spamalot opened the door for her television career. Besides, ABC’s producers called upon her right after her performance.
ABC executives were so impressed with her performance that she was offered a chance to choose any of the runnings shows on ABC for a role. A fan of Grey’s Anatomy, she chose the show and landed the role of Dr. Callie from season 2.
Sara Fought her way through depression.
After losing her best friend, Al D. Rodriguez, in 2009, Sara Ramirez suffered 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 become the confident woman she is now.
Sara Ramirez is an Active Philanthropist!
Sara Ramirez has been a humanitarian for a long time, committed to bringing new changes to the world. She has done a great deal of social work for the betterment of the LGBT community.
Sara took a year’s hiatus from her acting career to create a better environment for people of different genders. For her work as an activist, she was awarded the “Human Rights Campaign’s Ally for Equality Award” in 2015.
Besides her acting performances and social works, Sara is also a well-acclaimed singer. Her singing talent became highlighted when she stole the show in a musical episode of Grey’s Anatomy in 2011.
Sara released her album in 2011. And the album became 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.
Which of the above facts did you find interesting? Let us know in the comments below.