Kelly McCreary joined the cast of Grey’s Anatomy almost exactly five years ago as Dr. Maggie Pierce, the new head of cardiothoracic surgery at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. Jessica Biel and Zosia Mamet. by And the next thing I know, there she is on Sunset Boulevard and I'm looking up at her [on billboards]. Child. That's always been the case with Lea, who I love so much. That happens a lot in TV and film; you really do end up being close in age to your child, which is nonsensical. She worked extremely hard and was a focused student. The theater company asked me to come in. Then they made the right decision to end the movie after he was rescued. Twitter: @Snoodit. What I didn't realize was that that hadn't really been done before on network television. Going from Grey's to 127 Hours, Danny Boyle really is interested in spending a lot of time finding the story and relationships. What was your reaction when you learned that Ellis and Richard had a love child? I was listening to Viola [Davis] or someone talk about when you're on a TV show, you have to roll with it because you often don't know what's going to happen to your character because there can be these major plot points that happen years later. It was meaningful to me because I knew Simon's first wife had passed away and I was playing a character based on her. Richard went and talked to Diane privately, to tell her she didn't have to keep going with the treatment if she didn't want to. Maggie is a love child that Ellis kept a secret. We had a wedding scene for Lizzy's character. ("Be Still, My Soul"). It'll be very interesting for people to watch; it's a very wonderfully provocative episode. How is going back to Grey's Anatomy as the mother to Kelly McCreary different this time? Are you Meredith Grey? From the second the show went on TV, it was through the roof. After her mastectomy, Diane got the news that her cancer had spread. She had a tear in her esophagus, which Richard repaired with difficulty. After Maggie came in and tried to be supportive, Diane told Maggie about the breast cancer. Grey’s Anatomy premiered in 2005 on ABC as a replacement for another show but quickly turned into a major hit. Directed by Jeannot Szwarc. I sometimes drive down Sunset Boulevard and I literally go, "Child. She was born in a two-room shack with an outhouse. On the latest episode of Grey's Anatomy Maggie had to say goodbye to her mother, but thankfully her father appeared soon after to help her grieve. My own children, Morgan and Charlotte, have been very understanding through the years. It's going to explain some stuff that has been constant question marks throughout the years. Being that we know Ellis was suffering form early onset Alzheimer's, God knows how early that started. Every time I came on, whether it was off-Broadway, she'd say, "You have to tell me what's going to happen! She has always been obsessed with her work. Diane was very pleased with how easy Maggie was. Maggie wanted to get her up and moving again after the surgery as soon as possible, because she'd lose her spot in the trial if she missed a treatment. I knew early on that the show was really extraordinary. is a fictional character from the American television medical drama Grey's Anatomy, which airs on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) in the United States. Grey’s Anatomy audience specifies how much the clip with Zola hurts: ("None of Your Business"), When she surprised Maggie with a visit, Maggie was upset that she didn't give her advance warning that she was coming. I'm Lexie Grey-I'm your sister. When Maggie came home and confronted her mom about her behavior, Diane decided not to tell her and instead just said she'd leave and when Maggie was ready to have her in her life, she could let Diane know. Grey's Anatomy Universe Wiki is a FANDOM TV Community. October 09, 2014 Deceased On the other, though, it seems as though the time … The show was picked up and retitled Grey's Anatomy. There was a whole part that came after [Franco's character] was rescued, that's the part that Lizzy and I did in a big way. What can viewers expect to learn about Ellis and her pregnancy? ("Till I Hear It From You"). We [were separated by about 15 rows] and Krumholtz shouts, "I just want you to know you're my favorite mother I ever had!" Familial Information Genie couldn't do one day and had to go to the city to shoot General Hospital, and Gwyneth went on for her for a performance. For Burton, the storyline meant a return to the medical drama that earned her two Emmy noms for her role as a brilliant surgeon suffering from Alzheimer's. Child."! The minute I met everybody, I thought it could be interesting. She was glad when Maggie found Meredith. And you just finished another movie, Shiva and May, playing mom to … But there is one exception: the character of Maggie Pierce (Kelly McCreary), the child Meredith's mother, Ellis (Kate Burton), conceived with Richard … See more 'Grey's Anatomy's' Famous Departures. Henry Winkler played this right-wing talk-show host based on Rush Limbaugh, and I played his liberal wife, and we had two hilarious sons. She wanted to have the surgery and then tell Maggie, but Jackson said he wouldn't go forward with the surgery until she'd told Maggie. Jessica is a lovely girl, and we bonded instantly. 016-2311289; exis.lum@yptechnologiesmalaysia.com; Home; Services; Products. In the latest arguments, the audience nurtured a clip during Grey Anatomy Chapter 14, which made them weep over Derek’s demise. I got a call from my agent saying I was being considered for this TV show and to be prepared because the character has early onset Alzheimer's. How did you approach returning to play Ellis but with a new piece to her background? Maggie then found a clinical trial with promising early results that she could get into if they could lower her LFTs. Margaret Pierce, M.D. Caterina Scorsone and more cast members of the ABC show have been raising families off camera. Richard told her Maggie was strong and she could handle it. I found her always so intriguing because even though I knew she was a brilliant woman with a terrible disease, the truly most important thing in her life had been her work. We'd worked together before in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Williamstown Theatre Festival where she was one of my fairies and I was Queen of the Fairies. "They are my parents, but my mother-my mother-I found out a year ago. However, realizing that there was a real chance of her dying soon, she started skydiving and traveling the world. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Diane then went to Meredith's house where she folded laundry, made lasagna, and put the kids to bed. They ultimately split up over it. Maggie’s refusal to stop fighting for new cancer treatments for her adopted mother made this death even harder to watch. "Pick me. Everyone who was a regular on Grey's would agree that it was like a rocket ship. This is sacrilege but who is your favorite onscreen child? I've played all kinds of moms to all kinds of people, and now all kinds of nationalities and colors. It's so great to go back. I really hope everyone gets to know who she is." The truth is, at the end of the day, it's all about her. See more 'Grey's Anatomy' Cast, Creators Say Farewell to Sandra Oh. When the smell overwhelmed her, Maggie went to open a window and saw that it had stopped raining. I finished that about a year ago. ("Be Still, My Soul"). Marital She never talked back, she had good grades, and her room was always clean. Grey's newcomer Kelly McCreary: Maggie and Meredith are like "oil and water". It was a harrowing experience because the show moved so fast. Knowing what you get to know in episode 1104, you find out why she made the switch. It's also interesting because Tracy Pollan, who played my daughter, wasn't that much younger than me. When I played Schwimmer's mother, I was 37 and he was, I think, 28 (laughs). He said to me that he didn't know if he wanted to do another sitcom anytime soon after Monty. Mom!" Jonathan I was with at the Emmys this year and I'm so proud of him. Once on the treatment, Diane had multiple side effects. Come in to read, write, review, and interact with other fans. As Diane died, Maggie was sobbing and painting her mother’s nails. She soon coughed up some blood and they rushed her to the hospital. He discovered she had already found out she was sick before she came to see him, and he guessed that she came to Seattle because he would do everything possible to cure her because of how close he was to Maggie, as well as take care of Maggie if she really were to die. Bailey figured out a way to place a stent to lower Diane's LFTs and get her into the trial. That was my first time. Then I started to play a sitcom mom. She and her husband adopted Maggie and raised her. As a result, we really trusted each other. They were both fantastic. However, she had a long-term affair with the man who fixed their car. Diane Pierce was the mother of Maggie Pierce. The latter is true for Grey's Anatomy's Kelly McCreary, who this season has joined the Shonda Rhimes medical drama as Ellis Grey's (Burton) daughter, Maggie Pierce. She asked him to help her tell Maggie and he said he would and also offered to refer her to local specialists and fly to Hawaii to operate on her. Well, that happened! Grey's Anatomy's Kelly McCreary: Maggie's Heartbreak Will Bring Her and Meredith Closer — But Not for Long Her grief will "come in waves" Liz Raftery March 30, 2017, 5:59 p.m. PT Love me." Vera was great; this was before things were really happening for her. She quickly bonded with all Maggie's colleagues, who all liked her. That's when you moved to TV and Grey's Anatomy, playing Ellen Pompeo's mother. Vera Farmiga was your next onscreen daughter after that. When it comes to Kate Burton, there are two secrets to success: Have the three-time Emmy nominee guest-star in your pilot, or have her play your mother. Explanations over, follow Derek and Meredith, as they leave the angst of their past, and walk into their bright and shiny future. Last Email: Lesley.Goldberg@THR.com Despite this and Richard advising Diane that it wasn't a good idea, Maggie pushed forward and Diane supported her, believing Maggie wouldn't do anything to hurt her. There's a whole part of that movie that nobody ever saw. Who is Maggie? Later, while Diane tried to give Maggie life advice, Maggie painted her nails. They're all over the boulevard! ABC's Grey's Anatomy opened up Amelia Shepherd's world in Thursday's bottle episode, which featured the long-awaited introduction of the fourth Shepherd sister — played … The … Both were just adorable. Professional Information THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER is a registered trademark of The Hollywood Reporter, LLC. Then in the late '80s or early '90s, I did a show called Defying Gravity, by Jane Anderson (Olive Kitteridge), about the Challenger explosion and the teacher [who died in the disaster], Christa McAuliffe, and I played her. The very first mom I played was a flashback in a Neil Simon play called Jake's Women, starring Alan Alda. He looks up and Lea is running toward us. He's such a cutie. Then the woman who played all the moms had to go to the hospital and we didn't have understudies. Soap Maker We did the pilot and I met Ellen. And you've played Gwyneth Paltrow's mother — twice! When we learned that Mary, played by Mandy Moore, survived the hospital shooting, only to die several months later following a routine surgery. Zola questions Maggie if she passes over her mom. By that time, I was 37. Diane Pierce ("Be Still, My Soul"), Diane quickly bonded with all Maggie's colleagues. Unlike Mer’s mom, Mrs. Grey 2.0 had a very gentle demeanor, and really seemed to care about Meredith’s emotional well-being as well as foraging a relationship with her new family. I had to create an entire character and define who Ellis was if she hadn't had Alzheimer's. AdChoices She ultimately died of inflammatory breast cancer. It was really exciting to have met her before it all started to happen. Are Meredith and McDreamy going to get back together?! Biographical Information She had surgery to remove more cancer from her body and continued to have radiation and chemotherapy. That summer, we did The Cherry Orchard, and she didn't play my child but we did that with her mom, Blythe Danner. Diane started an affair of 11 years with the man who serviced their car. She said leaving Maggie's father was the moment she finally felt like she could breathe again. Knowing Kelly as I do, to go back and see her standing there in scrubs, is amazing to me because there [Ellis' other daughter] is, fully formed. "And I was adopted by a very nice couple-an amazing couple." One time, I got on a plane two or three years ago and Krumholtz — whom I'd done Numbers with years later and didn't play his mom — and I were on the same flight. She always used to call me her "other mother." ("Be Still, My Soul"), After her death, Jackson saw her loaded file that showed her medical history before she came to see him. Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on ABC. 3 But it also meant that McCreary, who worked with Burton at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, would become the latest in a long line of her famous onscreen (and -stage) children. It would be perfect if Jennifer Grey was chosen to play her in a return that could center on Meredith’s father being ill or dying now. Portrayed by Yeah, move! Ellen and I got along so well from the get-go, but we had to play this tricky relationship. Lesley Goldberg, Kelly McCreary Kate Burton Ellen Pompeo Split - H 2014. According to E! The moment Maggie was adopted as a baby to a family who loved and supported her through everything, Maggie did not stand a chance at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital or with the Grey’s Anatomy fandom. Luckily for Grey’s Anatomy fans, Derek didn’t die, but upon his return to Seattle, he discovers that it is his wife’s life that is hanging by a thread. I'm so thrilled everything is happening for her and for all of them. Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Maggie will be immediately introduced in the premiere episode. So who plays Maggie's dad on Grey's Anatomy? She was a riot. Grey's Anatomy is an American television medical drama series created by Shonda Rhimes, broadcast by ABC.The show features an ensemble cast of regular characters, with nine main characters in its first season. She was concerned when Maggie left Boston for Seattle and called her a lot, but she was happy Maggie did so after learning about the people she met. I said to the producers if Christine Estabrook, who is playing all the moms, ever wants to take some time off for a few weeks, I'd love to come in for her. She had to have fluid aspirated from her back, but she eventually started to feel a little better. See more On the Set of 'Grey's Anatomy's' 200th Episode. Count I did that for one terrifying night and then they moved it to Broadway. On one hand, it’s hard to believe Grey’s Anatomy has been on the air for more than a decade. The character was created by series producer Shonda Rhimes and is portrayed by actress Kelly McCreary from the tenth season's penultimate episode onwards. She made plans to have dinner with Richard, but cancelled those plans when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The procedure worked, but Bailey, Richard, and Jackson didn't think the trial was a good idea. It made perfect sense to me. 7. I had the world's greatest mother and was very lucky to have had her. She learned the whole part and was extraordinary. Profession GA: 13 The season 11 story centers on Maggie, the love child of Ellis and Richard (James Pickens Jr.), who was given up for adoption as a newborn. At that point, she was a little theater actress who went from show to show, one musical after the other. When she complained of stomach pain, Meredith ordered a new CT, which showed a met near her liver, which was causing the pain. I saw Lizzy at the Emmys and I'm just so proud of her brilliant performance in Masters of Sex. https://greysanatomy.fandom.com/wiki/Diane_Pierce?oldid=331469, "You Can Look (But You'd Better Not Touch)". And you did 127 Hours, playing mom to James Franco and Lizzy Caplan. None of Your Business And John Gallagher (Newsroom)! I'd been in a lot of TV shows up until then but nothing like that — until I was on Scandal! (Laughs.) Seasons She brought her engagement ring to Seattle with her to give to Maggie. I have a weird thing where every time I'm a guest star on a pilot, it almost always gets picked up! I've never experienced anything like that. The thing about Ellis is, she's a narcissist. She taught Maggie to make her lasagna and told Maggie to invite all her friends over to have dinner together. This has been interesting because I've gone back before she's had Alzheimer's. ("None of Your Business"), While she was in chemo, she also formed a relationship with her nurse, Aurora, to the point where she knew Aurora's son, Lee, was re-taking his driver's test, which he'd failed twice before. Since the first season, many characters have left the show or have been written out, and new main characters have been written in and out of the series. About a third of the movie was completely cut out. FAMILY: Boston-raised, Maggie was adopted by a sweet couple as a baby. The whole plane started laughing. I played Gwyneth's mom when she was 6. Krumholtz at 15 years old had such comic timing, it was beyond belief. Let's jump to Broadway. Lea was obsessed with Grey's Anatomy! She was in Cyrano de Bergerac and played a little girl, and I was her mom. | EU Privacy Preferences, The three-time Emmy nominee has played mom to the likes of James Franco, Lea Michele and David Schwimmer, Ellis Grey's (Burton) daughter, Maggie Pierce, The Couples of Shondaland: 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Private Practice,' 'Scandal', On the Set of 'Grey's Anatomy's' 200th Episode, 'Grey's Anatomy' Cast, Creators Say Farewell to Sandra Oh. I had a scene where I meet my daughter grown up, and I'd passed away when she was a little girl. What I'm participating in, it's not exactly a flashback but something where I'm totally together and being viewed. We had 13 episodes, and it was my first and really only sitcom with multiple cameras. It was a funny and strange movie called Quid Pro Quo (2008) with Vera. Oftentimes, I was looking at Lea when she was younger and thinking, "She is so great. Schwimmer's Greg married a very free-spirited girl played by China Kantner, who is Grace Slick's daughter. 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