Sarah Drew Shares Emotional Behind-the-Scenes Photos From 'Grey's Anatomy' Episode
By Jennifer Drysdale
Dr. April Kepner is OK -- but we certainly weren't after seeing these pics.
Sarah Drew took to Instagram on Thursday to share behind-the-scenes pics from her emotional episode of Grey's Anatomy, in which her character, April, almost lost her life in a car accident with her former fiance, Matthew Taylor (Justin Bruening).
It took everything the Grey Sloan doctors had to keep it together when April arrived to the ER as good as dead, with many -- including her ex-husband, Dr. Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams) -- breaking into tears. In one particularly heartwrenching scene, Jackson appealed to a higher power to bring April back to life, and if you're wondering how Drew and Williams got through it, they didn't.
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"It was agonizing for me, because I wanted so badly to reach out and offer him support in the scene- to let him lean on me - cuz that’s what we do for each other- but I had to just lie there unconscious letting him do his beautiful work alone," Drew explained on Instagram, alongside a tearful shot of herself and Williams after the scene.
"Our partnership on this show has been so sweet, so collaborative, so challenging (in the absolute BEST way). We got to tell stories that really matter, that have reached out and provided a safe space for people to love, laugh, mourn and grow," she continued. "I will be forever grateful to my co-captain for the 9 years of friendship and for the opportunity to tell such beautiful stories together. Thank you, Jesse ❤️❤️❤️."
See more BTS photos from the emotional day on set below:
While April certainly had a close call, Ellen Pompeo assured ET that both Drew's and Jessica Capshaw's characters won't have "tragic" departures from the show. ET learned that the fan favorites were leaving the series in March. Season 14 will be their last.
"You only get killed off when your behavior is bad. If you're a nice actor, you die nice," Pompeo said matter-of-factly, comparing Capshaw and Drew's endings to that of former Grey's star Sandra Oh. "[She] left in the most amazing way. She gave everybody so much notice. She knew 10 seasons was all she wanted to do and they don't get much classier than Sandra Oh. But yeah, these endings aren't tragic."