Now that both Kate Walsh
and Isaiah Washington
have both left Grey's Anatomy
to move on to other shows, Seattle Grace is down a couple of attending physicians. Never fear: Brooke Smith
's Dr. Erica Hahn will be replacing Burke as the head of the cardiothoracic surgery department. Fans will remember Dr. Hahn as Burke's former medical school rival and no-nonsense surgeon from Mercy West who laid claim to the heart that eventually went to Denny Duquette.
Smith had just put down a deposit on school for their daughter and finished renovating their apartment in New York when she was offered the full-time gig by the Grey's Anatomy
bigwigs. "All right, I guess we're moving to L.A. for a little while," she old Michael Ausiello of TV Guide
The 40-year-old actress is excited about the role that she will be playing on the popular medical drama. Smith
describes her character as being a workaholic and very professional. "And when other people do things that aren't professional she gets a little upset," she said.
When asked about whether her character would soon be getting a love interest on the show, she replied evasively that "there might be a certain man there's who's interested in me."
Responding to rumors about whether her character would become romantically involved with Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh
), Smith said, "Secretly, we pushed for that. You know, Sandra and I played lovers in [the off-Broadway play] Stop Kiss
." She did not confirm that either Dr. Hahn or Dr. Yang would be coming out of the closet anytime soon, but she did admit that Dr. Hahn would make an awesome lesbian.
Apart from Grey's Anatomy
, Brooke Smith is also known for her recurring role on Weeds
, playing Valerie Scottson, the ex-wife of Nancy Botwin's (Mary Louise Parker) former boyfriend Peter Scottson (Martin Donovan). She has also portrayed Dr. Kate Switzer on Crossing Jordan
-Debbie Chang, BuddyTV Staff Writer
Source: TV Guide
(Image courtesy of ABC)