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Grey's Anatomy's Jerrika Hinton Laments Stephanie's 'Horrible' Move

The following story contains spoilers from Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy. Proceed at your own peril

No one can accuse Jerrika Hinton of not fighting on behalf of her character.

When the Grey’s Anatomy actress read the script for this week’s episode and discovered that Stephanie was not only going to dump her MS-afflicted boyfriend Kyle (Wilmer Valderrama), but do so via a letter, she was flabbergasted. “I was like, “I’m sorry, what now? She does what?!'” the actress recalls to TVLine with a chuckle. “I immediately got on the phone [with the writers] and said, ‘I’m certain everyone has done their due diligence and explored every potential storyline avenue… but are we 100 percent certain that a Dear John letter is how we want to do it?'”

Hinton eventually got on board with the creative decision after being reminded of Stephanie’s penchant for conflict avoidance. “Stephanie runs away from her feelings,” she concedes. “She does not like to confront the source of anything emotionally gooey. We saw it after the Jackson and April thing, the way she kept avoiding Jackson in the hospital… She’s the kind of person that likes to shut things off. She has these switches inside her and she is more likely in times of discomfort to power that piece of her down. It’s a survival instinct.

“So while Jerrika would never do anything like that,” she adds with a laugh, “I understand the justification for Stephanie doing it.”

In an effort to fully commit to her alter ego’s actions, Hinton put her method-actress hat on and penned the breakup note herself. “Even though we never see [what the letter says on-screen], I needed there to be some tenderness and thoughtfulness to the action itself,” she explains. “So I sat in my living room and figured out what this note said. I think I restarted it, like, 20 times, because how do you do it? It’s a horrible thing. And then I called [the writers] back and was like, ‘Do you know if you actually start to write this you actually can’t do it?” [Laughs] But I finally came up with a version that satisfied me.

“All that work for something we never see,” she sighs. “But, personally, I needed to know what it said.”

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  1. Literally never cared for her until this very moment! What an amazing acting moment right there, to get that into character!

  2. bigdede says:

    I do like the character of Stephanie but I couldn’t invest in this because we never saw their relationship. They flirted with each other in one episode then in the next they’re a couple? In order for me to care, I have to see them together bonding as bf/gf.

  3. Brandi says:

    I never cared for her character before and now I like her even less. But I think this action fits her character though. She’s never really been a nice person and has only cared for herself and what she wants.

  4. MoMo says:

    The writers are trying way too hard to make Stephanie the new Christina.

  5. Hurley says:

    I really like Stephanie!

  6. Bark Star says:

    Newsflash: NO ONE CARES FOR HER !

    • yes says:

      Newsflash: SPEAK FOR YOURSELF! I love her character and the struggles she’s going through. She’s always welcomed on my screen because she keeps it real and doesn’t need a man or woman to validate her existence.

    • Anna says:

      Lmao, so you ignore all the comments saying that people like her and assume that everyone feels the same as you. Nope! I quite like Stephanie, and I hope she sticks around.

  7. I think if we have Jerrika for longer and not lose her to #Toast, we will see that she is the dark horse of the show. We have missed Cristina Yang, and Stephanie Edwards might be the one to fill that hole.

  8. Andrew Hass says:

    I think her actions last night did fit the character of Stephanie.Plus Stephanie doing it in a letter makes sense too because she may have known she couldn’t do it face to face and she could no longer let Kyle have false hope about their relationship.However i do wonder if something happens coming up that forces Steph to change.Maybe Steph learns Kyle died and she has regrets then.

  9. David says:

    Since the actress is most likely leaving to start in another Shondra attempt at comedy … what did you expect. She is being phased out of Greys. Same with Callie as the actress pretty much said she is leaving. Bring back Addison next season.