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Grey’s Anatomy Star Sarah Drew Reveals She Had Panic Attacks After Filming

Grey’s Anatomy star Sarah Drew reveals she had ‘nightmares and panic attacks’ after filming ‘scary’ hospital admissions – and couldn’t shake the feeling that someone was trying to kill her

  • In the two-part finale of the ABC show’s sixth season, a man who had recently lost his wife, played by Michael O’Neill, came to the hospital with a gun.
  • Wanting to take revenge on the doctors he believes were responsible for her death, he ended up shooting several surgeons and hospital workers dead.
  • In one particularly scary scene, Sarah’s character, April Kepner, found herself face to face with the gunman in a hospital hallway — and had to beg for her life
  • Now, the 41-year-old has opened up about how shooting the traumatic episodes affected her real life — and admitted it affected her “for several days.”
  • The actress said it was “hard to go to those places and then leave them at the door and then come home and say, ‘I’m fine. No one is trying to kill me'”


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Grey’s Anatomy star Sarah Drew has revealed that filming scenes of a horrific hospital shooting left her suffering with “nightmares and panic attacks” — and left her paranoid that someone was trying to kill her.

The 41-year-old actress played the role of Dr. April Kepner on the show and played a key role in several dramatic storylines, from relationship turmoil to a near-fatal car accident.

However, Drew — who left the hit ABC show in 2018 — has now embarked on the toughest moment of her time in Grey’s Anatomy: filming for the harrowing season six finale, in which a grieving widower shoots and kills several doctors as she seeks revenge on the surgeons he blamed for his wife’s death.

Drew’s character April has a particularly emotional confrontation with gunman Gary Clark (played by Michael O’Neill) during the two-part episodes, in which she desperately begs him to spare her life before fleeing the scene in terror.

Opening: Grey’s Anatomy star Sarah Drew just revealed she had “nightmares and panic attacks” while filming the hospitalizations that happened at the end of Season 6

In the two-part finale, a man who had lost his wife came to the hospital with a gun in an attempt to exact revenge on the doctors he believed were responsible for her death.

In the two-part finale, a man who had lost his wife came to the hospital with a gun in an attempt to exact revenge on the doctors he believed were responsible for her death.

In the two-part finale, a man who had lost his wife came to the hospital with a gun in an attempt to exact revenge on the doctors he believed were responsible for her death.

In another gruesome scene, April discovers her boyfriend’s dead body.

Now, in the new book How to Save a Life: The Inside Story of Grey’s Anatomy, written by Entertainment Weekly editor-in-chief Lynette Rice, the actress has frankly shared how shooting the “intense and scary” episodes affected her real life. — admitted she struggled with the aftermath for “several days” after filming ended.

“I had nightmares and panic attacks while we were filming that, even a few days after we finished,” she said.

“It was very intense and scary and hard to go to those places, and then leave them at the door and then come home and say, ‘I’m fine, I’m fine. No one is trying to kill me, I did.” Not only did I watch my best friend die, I wasn’t just covered in her blood.”

In one particularly scary scene, Sarah's character, April Kepner, found herself face to face with the gunman in a hospital hallway — and had to beg for her life

In one particularly scary scene, Sarah's character, April Kepner, found herself face to face with the gunman in a hospital hallway — and had to beg for her life

In one particularly scary scene, Sarah’s character, April Kepner, found herself face to face with the gunman in a hospital hallway — and had to beg for her life

Sarah said she had 'nightmares and panic attacks while we filmed that, even a few days after we finished'

Sarah said she had 'nightmares and panic attacks while we filmed that, even a few days after we finished'

Sarah said: ‘I had nightmares and panic attacks while we were filming that, even a few days after we finished’

She explained that when an actor has to film a traumatic scene, it “does something to your body because your body doesn’t know it’s not [really] happens.’

According to the book, O’Neill, the actor who played the shooter, also struggled with the episodes, especially since someone in his own family had been murdered.

“I know what happens to families when someone is cut down,” he said. “You never really recover from it.”

Before filming began, the actor said he told showrunner Shonda Rhimes that it “scared him” and she said, “It scares me too.”

He eventually agreed to film the scenes after his wife convinced him. But he insisted he was “not pointing a gun at a kid and the character will end his life in the hospital.”

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