Grey's Anatomy is such a dramatic show, but in the best way possible. It's been on the air for 13 years and 14 seasons, and there are no signs of it stopping. While a ton of our favourite characters have been killed off, none of them have actually passed in real life, leading them to interesting lives outside of the show. From Izzy, to Jackson, to Karev, there is not one character that isn't interesting in and out of the show.
Since the Grey's Anatomy characters have such interesting lives off screen, I decided to delve into their personal lives a little bit. And you'd be surprised at what you can find! Accents, surrogates, past jobs, and Canadian hometowns. While some of these actors have a pretty good private life, that definitely doesn't mean they're boring.
Here are 10 shocking facts you definitely don't know about the Grey's Anatomy cast. And if you do know, then you're a super fan!
Jesse Williams (Dr. Jackson Avery)
Jesse Williams plays Dr. Jackson Avery on the show, who is a plastic surgeon and one of the most well-known doctors in America thanks to his mother. However, before Jesse Williams got his start he was actually a high school teacher. Can you believe how many students probably had crushes on him?! He taught in a public school for six years, teaching American studies, African studies and English. All of his past students are probably his biggest fan on Grey's Anatomy!
Ellen Pompeo (Dr. Meredith Grey)
Ah, the back bone of the show. All of our favourites, Mrs. Meredith Grey. While she used to be the main character and now there are about 80 main characters, the show still does revolve around her. She is played by the amazing Ellen Pompeo, who has three kids in and outside of the show. She can be seen pregnant with her first daughter, Stella, in season six of Grey's Anatomy. They hid her pregnancy very well by leaving her on bed rest after giving her dad her liver. However, she went with the surrogate route for her two other children, Sienna and Eli. While she has not given much detail on her choice to use a surrogate, we suspect that it might be age related. Either way, her and her family are goals!
Justin Chambers (Dr. Alex Karev)
You either love or hate Alex Karev. I absolutely love him, and he's my favourite character by far. While Karev and Jo have had their fair share of troubles when it comes to their relationship, that is not the case when it comes to his personal life. He has been with his wife, Keisha, for 25 years and they have 5 children together. While he plays a doctor on TV, he actually went through a health scare a while back where he could not sleep and had to be checked into a psych ward. He suffers with a biological sleep disorder, where he once slept for an hour a week.
Chandra Wilson (Dr. Miranda Bailey)
Miranda Bailey is one of the staple characters on Grey's Anatomy. She is the Chief of Surgery, is a great mom, and is also a great (but sarcastic) friend. In real life, she's all of those things besides Chief of Surgery. However, she does have to deal with a lot of medical stuff in her personal life. Her daughter, Sarina, has a rare vomiting disorder and went down to 70 lbs at one point. In 2010, she was finally diagnosed with mitochondrial dysfunction and cyclic vomiting syndrome and unfortunately, there is no cure.
Kevin McKidd (Dr. Owen Hunt)
Dr. Owen Hunt is also a fan favourite. His sensitive and calming personality really does well in the ER and in trauma surgery, and you'd probably guess he's American right? Nope. Kevin McKidd actually has a thick Scottish accent that blew my mind the first time I heard it. He is originally from Elgin, Scotland and now resides in Los Angeles with his wife.
Camilla Luddington (Dr. Jo Wilson)
Dr. Jo Wilson became a main character on Grey's Anatomy in season 10, and ever since then, she's definitely brought the drama. While her personal life isn't so dramatic, as she just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and also just got engaged, there is something you may not know about her. Like Kevin McKidd, Camilla Luddington has a thick British accent. Whenever she's on set she talks in an American accent just so she doesn't lose it, but whenever she's off set, you can hear her talking in a British accent.
Sandra Oh (Dr. Cristina Yang)
Although her character may have exited from the show, Cristina Yang has not exited from our hearts. Lets all agree that Cristina Yang was one of the best characters on Grey's Anatomy, and we all cried when we knew she wouldn't be continuing on the show. However, for us Canadians, Sandra Oh is always close to home. She's actually from Nepean, Ontario which is in Ottawa. She grew up here and still comes back to the city whenever she can.
Katherine Heigl (Dr. Izzie Stevens)
From season one to season six, Izzie Stevens was a main character. After she got diagnosed with cancer and married Alex Karev, she left the show. Katherine Heigl has had some controversy for her role in Grey's Anatomy, as she and creator Shonda Rhimes did not get along. It all started when she withdrew from her Emmy nomination for her role as Izzie Stevens, which offended many parties. Apart from that drama, Katherine Heigl raises a family with her husband. They have three kids, two of whom are adopted. One of her daughters, Naleigh, is a special needs child from Korea. She had to have open-heart surgery before she left Korea, and now her heart is 100% fine.
Sarah Drew (Dr. April Kepner)
April Kepner has been a character on Grey's Anatomy since season six, and unfortunately, season 14 is her last. While April is definitely a fan favourite, and is super quirky and bubbly, she also brings a deeper side to the show with her love for her religion. Sarah Drew plays April, who has one baby in the show. In real life, she has two kids and a husband. However, she has another famous family member. Remember Ryan Atwood from The O.C.? Well, Ben McKenzie is actually her second cousin! Seems like talent runs in the family.
Chyler Leigh (Dr. Lexie Grey)
This is a hard topic to talk about. Lexie's death was so hard on the fans and for good reason. We fell in love with her the second she came onto the screen as Meredith's long lost sister. While Lexie was definitely innocent and more reserved, Chyler Leigh has had a harder time in life. She met her now husband at 16, and they both got addicted to drugs. In an interview, they asked what she dabbled with and she said "Everything". For her and her husband, who have three children together, it was a life or death choice to keep doing drugs. They now credit church as giving them a reason to live.