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Article: Voyage LA Meet – Stefania Spampinato

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stefania Spampinato.

Stefania, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I started dancing at 6 years old. I was super passionate about it from a very young age.

My parents couldn’t afford to pay for my tuition bc the costumes were so expensive, but my mother was determined to make it happen so she learned to sew & started making my costumes so I could attend. Slowly she got so good that she started making them for the whole school!

I kept studying dance and after graduating high school I moved to Milan where I got a BA in performing arts. That lead to a super fun and fulfilling a career in dance & theatre that lasted over 12 years. I traveled all over the world and was involved in collaborations with some incredible artists. In 2011 I decided to move to LA where I quickly fell deeply in love with acting. I decided to stop dancing to study acting and practice acting with anyone that would give me the chance to.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has been incredibly hard and challenging, I almost quit several times. I don’t think anyone enjoys dealing with rejection on a daily basis, but the love for the art form always kept me going and with help and the support of the loved ones I stuck to it.

Tell us about your business/company. What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of as a company? What sets you apart from others?

My most recent credit as an actor is the role of Carina Deluca in Grey’s Anatomy season 14. It has been an incredible experience. I got to work with some great professionals and the thing that I love the most about the show is that it talks about issues that are extremely relevant now- domestic violence, police brutality, discrimination, racism, etc. I’m very proud to be part of it.

Who else deserves credit – have you had mentors, supporters, cheerleaders, advocates, clients or teammates that have played a big role in your success or the success of the business? If so – who are they and what role did they plan / how did they help.
I was very lucky, I met a lot of incredible people along my journey that believed in me and supported me throughout my journey, but the person that I owe everything to is my mom. She loved and supported me unconditionally my whole life. She brought me down to earth when I was getting too cocky and she lifted me up when I was sinking. She sacrificed a great deal of time, effort and energy to able me to follow my dreams. She will always be my idol and role model. Always.

Source: Voyage LA

Article: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Renewed For Season 15 By ABC

Grey’s Anatomy continues its march through ABC’s history books. The veteran medical drama has been officially renewed for a 15th season. That makes it ABC’s longest-running primetime scripted series, eclipsing sitcom 1952 sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriett, which aired for 14 seasons. ABC’s second longest-running primetime drama is NYPD Blue (12 seasons). I hear Grey’s renewal was revealed to the cast and crew at the show’s Season 14 wrap party tonight.

“Grey’s Anatomy has a special place in my heart and millions of viewers feel the same way,” said Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment. “Thanks to fiercely loyal fans who have been on this journey since the beginning, and new generations of viewers who continue to discover the joy and drama of Grey Sloan Memorial, the show is as strong as ever.”

Grey’s Anatomy renewal was considered a foregone conclusion after the series’ star, Ellen Pompeo, several months ago signed a new two-year deal to continue. Season 15 will not be without casting changes — two popular, long-time Grey’s Anatomy cast members, Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew, are departing at the end of the current fourteenth season. All other series regulars will be back.

Fourteen seasons in, Grey’s Anatomy continues to be a ratings powerhouse. It is ABC’s No. 1 drama in adults 18-49 and is tied with ABC’s The Good Doctor as the No. 2 broadcast drama on TV. What’s more, Grey’s is up by 3% in total viewers vs this same point last season – for its most watched season since 2013-14.

Created and executive produced by Shonda Rhimes, Grey’s Anatomy follows Meredith Grey (Pompeo) and the team of doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial, who are faced with life-or-death decisions on a daily basis. They seek comfort from one another, and, at times, more than just friendship. Together they discover that neither medicine nor relationships can be defined in black and white.

The series, from ABC Studios, stars Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Justin Chambers as Alex Karev, Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey, James Pickens Jr. as Richard Webber, Kevin McKidd as Owen Hunt, Jesse Williams as Jackson Avery, Caterina Scorsone as Amelia Shepherd, Camilla Luddington as Jo Wilson, Kelly McCreary as Maggie Pierce and Giacomo Gianniotti as Andrew DeLuca.

Betsy Beers, Mark Gordon, Krista Vernoff, co-showrunner alongside Rhimes, William Harper, Zoanne Clack, Debbie Allen and Fred Einesman are executive producers.

Source: Deadline

Note: It is still uncertain if Stefania will be joining Grey’s Anatomy in this new season. I’ll update as soon as I know something.

UPDATED Grey’s Anatomy Plotting Big Arizona Episode, Jesse Williams to Direct

Grey’s Anatomy‘s next Season 14 destination: Arizona.

The ABC medical drama is revolving an upcoming episode around Jessica Capshaw’s doc, with a key behind-the-scenes assist from co-star Jesse Williams. On Friday, Williams revealed on social media that he is set to make his Grey’s directorial debut later this season. Capshaw quickly piggy-backed on his announcement, tweeting, “It’s an Arizona standalone episode. Can’t wait!”

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It’s not clear if the episode will delve into Arizona’s origin story (as Grey’s will soon be doing with Justin Chambers’ Alex) or be set in the present day (where Arizona is poised to rekindle her romance with new crush Carina). “Carina’s not over Arizona,” co-showrunner Krista Vernoff recently told TVLine. “People have commitment issues in the world and Arizona happens to be one of those people. And Carina also happens to be one of those people. And there’s a lot of fun to be had looking at that down the line. But don’t think for a minute that love story is over.”

Source: TV Line

Update

Reports that Grey’s Anatomy is plotting a standalone Arizona episode have been greatly exaggerated (by us)!

On Friday, Jesse Williams revealed on social media that he will make his Grey’s directorial debut later this season. Jessica Capshaw quickly piggy-backed on his announcement, tweeting, “It’s an Arizona standalone episode. Can’t wait!”

However, as several readers have since pointed out (and ABC has confirmed) Capshaw was merely jesting. Yes, Williams is directing, but the episode will not be Arizona-focused. Here is their exchange below.

Article: Scrubbing In With Stefania

*SPOILER ALERT*

A little while back (before season 14 even premiered) I decided that I was going to do something that scared me. I also knew I wanted it to be something I could write about, because, well… I write about everything. And there’s not much that scares me more than asking for something.

But I did ask. And I got it.

Two words: Carina DeLuca.

You all know who she is by now, and if you don’t, you’ve got until January 18 to binge watch on Netflix and Hulu to figure it out. And I suggest you do that before you read any further.

Why? Because I got to interview her. You read that right. Stefania was so gracious and kindly accepted my request to do a short interview for the blog. And now it’s time to share it with all of you! I hope you have as much fun reading this as I did working on it! Are you ready to scrub in?

The Lane Online: Let’s talk a little bit about the process of joining ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’ Did Shonda approach you or did you go through auditions for the part of Carina?

Stefania Spampinato: I auditioned for the project, and just two days prior to my audition, I was crying in acting class frustrated with my Italian accent, thinking, ‘I’ll never get a juicy, interesting roll with this accent.’ Three days later and I’m at the table read with the whole cast and writers team.

TLO: Were you a fan of Grey’s before you came on as a cast member?

SS: Yes, I was a big fan! My best friend in Italy introduced me to the show. It was so much fun getting to tell her that I had gotten the role!

TLO: What were your feelings coming onto set that first day? Especially since Grey’s is such a wildly popular show, were there any nerves?

SS: I was super nervous and actually quite star struck. But Giacomo, Jessica, Debbie, (who directed the first episode) and Krista put me at ease and made the whole process so pleasant and fun.

TLO: Do you enjoy the little Italian spats you and Giacomo get to play? I know as an audience member, it’s super fun to watch you guys go at it, even if I don’t have a clue what you’re saying!

SS: Assolutamente! It’s so fun to get to speak Italian on set and that doesn’t happen often, so I’m sure the Italian fans of the show really appreciate it! Giacomo and I always speak a mixture of the two languages when we talk off set.

TLO: Carina’s research was dubbed as being “controversial.” What are your thoughts on that?

SS: I don’t think Carina’s research is controversial per se. I think it’s a great addition to the already very forward thinking group of doctors!

TLO: Dr. Bailey and Carina seem to really hit it off in the second half of the season 14 premier, will that relationship between the two women continue to grow?

SS: I’m a huge fan of Chandra and her work, Bailey is such a great character and she’s been very welcoming and intrigued by Carina. I really hope that relationship will keep growing. I also love the relationship between Carina and Webber, I think their dynamic is very funny and endearing at the same time.

TLO: You came onto the show right before the 300th episode. Can you describe the atmosphere on set the day you started filming?

SS: The atmosphere was incredible; they had a big lunch, Shonda gave a beautiful speech acknowledging the work of all the people that have been working on the show since the beginning, as well as everyone else involved with the show. It was so beautiful and touching and made me feel very fortunate to be there.

TLO: And since this is Grey’s we’re talking about, I have to ask you this: if you were a doctor in real life, what would your specialty be?

SS: Probably Carina’s specialty, I love the premise of her study!

TLO: Moving away from the show now, who are some of your inspirations as an actor?

SS: Mamma mia! So many! Meryl Streep is a huge inspiration of course, but I also love Giovanni Ribisi’s work, and I’m a huge fan of Giulietta Masina.

TLO: Was there a moment in your life when you decided acting was the way to go? What was that like?

SS: I watched “A Few Good Men” at 13 years old and that movie touched me so deeply, I thought I wanted to become a lawyer. Later I realized that the movie touched me so deeply because I wanted to become an actress and touch people by telling those kinds of stories.

TLO: And finally, what is one piece of advice you wish someone gave you before you made the move to Los Angeles?

SS: I feel like everyone’s experience of LA is very unique and personal. For me, it was very hard at the beginning; I struggled to find true friends, work, and I missed being able to just go for a walk like I did in Europe. In LA, it seems like you have to drive everywhere! (She’s right… nobody walks anywhere in LA!) In “Big Magic,” Elizabeth Gilbert talks about how people’s career depends on three things: talent, luck, and dedication, two of which aren’t in our power. So the only thing we can do is be fully dedicated to the craft we love, and do it because we love it without expecting anything else, even if that means we never make it. I think it’s a great mindset to live by and I try to remind myself everyday. Expectations almost always lead to disappointment.

Source: The Lane Online

Grey’s Boss on That Split: ‘Don’t Think for a Minute Their Love Story Is Over’

Grey’s Boss on That Split: ‘Don’t Think for a Minute Their Love Story Is Over’

Fling-happy Grey’s Anatomy knows its way around hit-and-run romances, so it’s saying something that we suffered a severe case of whiplash when the show pulled Arizona and Carina (new cast member Stefania Spampinato) apart so soon after pairing them up. And as if to remove any and all ambiguity about the permanence of the breakup, Grey’s immediately sent Carina into the suddenly single arms of Owen. Well, according to co-showrunner Krista Vernoff, the end of Arizona and Carina’s affair is actually just the beginning of a longer, more complicated story arc for the characters.

“Carina’s not over Arizona,” Vernoff maintains to TVLine ahead of Thursday’s fall finale (8/7c, ABC). “People have commitment issues in the world and Arizona happens to be one of those people. And Carina also happens to be one of those people. And there’s a lot of fun to be had looking at that down the line. But don’t think for a minute that love story is over.”

Regarding Carina’s dalliance with Owen, Vernoff notes, “Carina is bisexual. I think it’s important for network television to recognize that bisexuality exists. And Arizona broke up with Carina before Carina moved on with Owen, which I also thought was important to make clear.”
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For her part, Jessica Capshaw admits she’s not in any rush to see her alter ego settle down. “You’ve seen her married and you’ve seen her go through a lot of really challenging circumstances,” the actress shares, “so the idea of [her] being in flirty, ephemeral relationships might be fun.” (With reporting by Jean Bentley)

Source: TV Line