Grey's Anatomy's Jessica Capshaw on Arizona's surprising new love interest
WARNING: This story contains major spoilers from the season 14 premiere of Grey’s Anatomy. Read at your own risk!
Well, that was quick.
After being ghosted by Eliza Minnick in the wake of her firing in the finale, Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) drowned her sorrows at the bar in the Grey’s Anatomy premiere. It’s there she meets a beautiful Italian woman named Carina (Stefania Spampinato) — ahem, called it — whom she takes home for a steamy hookup. Well, it’s steamy until Andrew DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti) walks in and discovers his roomie hooking up with his sister. Yup, meet Carina DeLuca.
Worse for Andrew: Carina is an OBGYN who has come to Seattle to work on her trial to basically create the female Viagra. She has women masturbate in an MRI machine so she can study the female orgasm. That’s not awkward at all for Andrew, right? It’s actually kind of hot for Arizona, though, as evidenced in the premiere. Capshaw dishes on the new romance below.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Arizona hooked up with DeLuca’s sister. What fresh drama is that going to create this season?
JESSICA CAPSHAW: In and of itself, that’s the drama, right, because she gets caught red-handed making out with a girl in her living room, which clearly seems like a normal thing to do when you have a roommate, but she obviously must have gotten a different schedule for DeLuca that week. [Laughs] And he comes in and it’s his sister and his roommate, which of course has got to be incredibly awkward. I also think it plays for the comedy of it because DeLuca, he only knows Arizona in a certain way, and all of a sudden there she is.
We’ve seen Arizona in relationships with Callie and with Eliza. How is this relationship different?
Well, it’s totally different. Listen, every relationship is different, right? In life, nobody has the same relationship, even though you’re the same person who has a relationship with everyone. But I think that this one, she’s Italian, there’s like an English-as-a-first-language sort of romance to it. She’s got this Italian accent and she’s beautiful, and it’s revealed that she is in the hospital for specific research reasons that also make her kind of exotic and sensual and all of this good stuff. I think it’s fun. Who’s to say it’s over the top? It’s not over the top, but it’s very high drama. It’s high stakes and high business.
Does Arizona see this as a fun fling or could there be actually something more there?
That remains to be seen. I do not know. It really makes sense to me, but you have to see what happens between two people, you know? You have to see what kind of chemistry they have, and what do people really respond to in them, and what do you like about it, and what do you not like about it, and does it make you want to see more, does it make you want to see less? And honestly, I don’t think any of the writers are like sitting around waiting for fans to react and then write something new, but I think that it becomes very obvious what’s working and what’s not. So then they sort of adjust. So I think that’s what they will probably do here.
Is Arizona worried dating DeLuca’s sister may damage their relationship?
I don’t think she doesn’t care. I mean, listen, I’ve been a happily married woman for a really long time, but if I think way back into my dating years, didn’t everybody date somebody’s sister or brother, and the brother or sister is never happy about it, but it happens, you know?
It’s better than being ghosted!
Oh, Minnick. Minnick, Minnick, Minnick. Well, listen, this is where truth is not stranger than fiction and where art and real life cross-section because Arizona learns a term that I too, as Jessica, learned that you can be, as a verb, ghosted. You can be left in the dust with no goodbye, nothing, ghosted. It’s like they didn’t exist, like they weren’t real, and they vanished into thin air, and that is what happens to Arizona with Eliza Minnick after all that foreplay and all that by the car kissing; she just leaves her in the dust.
Following that disappearing act, where are we seeing Arizona mindset-wise? Are we seeing a more fun side to her this season?
She thought that she had a little bit of a thing going, so I think she was disappointed when all of a sudden she left, and again, I think she just didn’t even understand that people can do that to each other, just all of a sudden leave. But now I think, from what comes next, her actions show that she’s ready to have copious amounts of fun.
What do you hope to see for Arizona this season?
I would love to see Arizona in a situation with some sort of LGBT youth, and not necessarily like mentoring, but just seeing that aspect of her, vis-à-vis not being a teacher to a doctor, but perhaps being a model for another human and seeing how that plays out. Now that we have introduced the sister, I think it would be really funny to see more of the Arizona-DeLuca home life. I’m surrounded by the most incredible cast, I genuinely love every time I have story lines with anyone, certainly Mr. Jim Pickens — Arizona and the Chief have some really funny stuff that happens with them. I love my sweet Camilla Luddington; any chance to work with her is amazing. I love working with Ellen and Jesse and Sarah and Caterina and insert all the names of our cast there. Jason!
Do we get more of the Arizona-Webber wingman thing this season?
They’ve set up that it’s really funny and interesting to watch Arizona and Webber talk about pretty much anything. I don’t know, maybe I’m flattering myself, but it’s really funny. Whenever we do those scenes, they’re always funny. First of all, you can have him read the phone book and it somehow ends up being funny and serious at the same time. But I think when they get together, there’s just something that happens that’s really just nice to watch. So I can see them having more to do.
Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Read our postmortem with Kevin McKidd about the big Amelia reveal here, and read our postmortem with Camilla Luddington about the Jo and Alex reunion here.