Grey’s Anatomy fans know him as George (duh), the lovable intern who wooed several ladies at the hospital and met his untimely death when he jumped in front of a bus to save a woman he did not know. Knight spent 2005-2009 at Seattle Grace, and also starred on the relatively short-lived (at least in Shondaland time) drama The Catch. He played the love interest opposite star Mireille Enos and his character may or may not have run out on her — with millions of dollars.
Foley has been on so many TV shows (from Felicity to Scrubs to True Blood) that it’s hard to categorize him as belonging to any one showrunner. However, his Jake Ballard was such an integral part of Scandal’s appeal that he’s as good as Shonda’s! But before he started romancing Olivia Pope and B613-ing all over the place, he was Henry Burton on Grey’s. Henry came to the hospital as a patient who didn’t have insurance. He married Teddy in exchange for life-saving insurance, but eventually ended up falling in love. After Henry developed a tumor close to his heart, he died during surgery — just in time to start shooting Scandal, of course.
All praise Liza Weil, queen of the quick-talking monologue. She honed her skills early on with Amy Sherman-Palladino’s Gilmore Girls banter and it has served her well in Shondaland. She did a cameo on both Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice before settling in to a starring role on How to Get Away With Murder — while managing to keep her characters alive 66% of that time.
Three Shondaland shows (and counting) and exactly zero onscreen deaths…Scandal star Katie Lowes (who had guest roles on Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice) is the ultimate champion in Shondaland’s Reperatory Theater.
Addison Montgomery’s alter ego isn’t far behind, as she survived her starring role on both Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice.
The actress is a television legend but her role on Scandal was so deliciously evil that she deserves a spot in the Shondaland Hall of Fame. Nobody knows how to stab a friend in the back like Sally Langston, whether it was the POTUS or her own husband. Burton also played the inimitable Ellis Grey, who succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease during season 3 of Grey’s Anatomy.
All hail David Rosen, the only true white hat. His death at the hands of Vice President Cyrus Beene still stings. Prior to heading to the fictional version of Washington, D.C., he did guest spots on Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice.
They say that if you love someone you should set them free, but if you love an S.R.T. player the best thing you can do for them just might be kill them. Bucatinsky’s James Novak (husband to Cyrus Beene) met his maker in a staged carjacking by none other than Jake Ballard (Scott Foley). His one appearance on Grey’s Anatomy was slightly luckier, as his character was merely accompanying his boyfriend to the hospital. It’s hard to die that way —even in Shondaland.
2012 was a banner year for the actress: She booked an episode of Scandal and also landed the role of Dr. Stephanie Edwards on Grey‘s. Even better is the fact that she managed to leave the show with her character still alive!
Many actors in Shondaland got their start on her original #TGIT behemoth before moving on to spin-offs or other series, but Scorsone, who plays Amelia Shepherd, had a more unusual path. She first appeared on Private Practice in April 2010, appearing in episodes during seasons 3-6. She also popped up in Grey’s on and off during that period before officially joining the regular cast in season 11. And now she has her own EW cover! Full circle, baby.