We talk to Kate Walsh about the end of ''Private Practice''
Addison Montgomery Shepherd stormed onto TV in 2005 as Derek’s ball-busting wife on Grey’s Anatomy — and fans loved her so much, she got her own show. Now, as ABC’s Practice closes its doors with the Jan. 22 series finale, Walsh, 45, reflects on saying goodbye to scrubs.
When did you wrap the final episode?
December 7, the anniversary of Pearl Harbor!
Was the whole cast there for that final day?
We did our final group scene right before lunch. It was very, very emotional. Everybody got teary-eyed.
Did you keep any prop for yourself?
I did borrow one of Addison’s trenches.
What do you remember from the first season?
I remember being excited and nervous, but I understood I didn’t have a lot of control over what happened. My fears were quelled by the fact that I had this amazing cast.
Did you read your reviews?
Are you kidding? I stayed away from them. We were trying to find the show. We were figuring it out as we went along. Then we had the writers’ strike!
Did you ever have any rituals before the start of your workday?
When I used to guest-star, I saw these amazing actors be total health nuts, taking tons of supplements. I love hoagies and beer and cigarettes!
The finale features Addison’s wedding to Jake [Benjamin Bratt]. How did it feel to see Addison get her happily-ever-after?
Getting married was kind of awesome. It was symbolic, sending her off into the world! And all of the cast was there, so we got to have this massive celebration to end the series.
Any chance you’ll reprise your role for Grey’s?
If there’s something special, I would be open. But I feel like I’ve hung up my scrubs.
What’s next for you?
I don’t know! I’m really excited about it. I feel like the kid with her nose pressed up against the candy-store window.