Last night, we learned that character Callie Torres will not be returning to ABC's hit "Grey's Anatomy" show created by Shonda Rhimes. Actress Sara Ramirez, who poured heart and soul into this character issued the following statement: "I'm deeply grateful to have spent the last 10 years with my family at 'Grey's Anatomy' and ABC, but for now I'm taking some welcome time off. Shonda's been so incredible to work for and we will definitely continue our conversations! I send my love to Ellen, the rest of the cast and crew and look forward to always being a part of the Shondaland family!"
While us devoted fans watched with a gasp, Arizona brought Sofia over to Callie's residence and allowed Callie to depart across the country to be with her girlfriend, Dr. Penelope Blake after a nasty court custody battle. Setting their differences aside, Arizona says a line to the effect of, "We were doing it all wrong. Sofia deserves to have two happy mommies." With this final exchange, we see a surprised and grateful Callie Torres take her daughter and presumably leave for her next adventure (far away from the Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital).
What's next for the show? Who knows. All we do know is how much Callie Torres taught us over her wonderful 10 years. Here's to Calliope!
1. IF YOU'RE A CHICANA, YOU'RE KIND OF A BADASS.
It's only assumed that the character of Callie Torres is a chicana (a woman of Mexican descent or origin born in the United States), although Sara Ramirez is Mexican-born. Being half chicana myself, it's very lovely to see another Mexican-American on the big screen portraying a beautiful character of Hispanic descent. She kicks ass and takes names, and she's a great representation of what pride in your heritage looks like.
2. IT'S CUTE TO BE CURVY.
C'mon--it's cute to be curvy, ladies (and gents)! Callie Torres never once made a point to speak about her weight, implying a hopeful normalization of women believing that their curves are beautiful (and that they are beautiful just the way they are). Although I'd argue that she's average, if not fit, Callie's character is by far the second most curvaceous main character on the show. In this, she sets a fantastic example for all girls watching.
3. ROMANCE IS ABOUT MUCH MORE THAN THE SEX.
Whether she was busy being the feisty wife of George O'Malley, the saucy one-night-stand (and eventual baby mama) of Mark Sloan, girlfriend of Erica Hahn or wife (now ex-wife) of the lovely Arizona Robbins, Callie always reminded us that after the lust subsides and the sex isn't that great (really though, when is the sex not great anymore on "Grey's"?), friendship is what holds couples together at the end of the day and she never wavered from this idea. Callie Torres was a fantastic friend--I'd make her my BFF any day.
4. IT'S FINE (ACTUALLY GREAT) TO BE WHO YOU ARE.
Whether you're bisexual, chicana, curvy, straight, white, skinny--you are fabulous and it's great to be who you are! Callie stayed true to her values, ethics and identity throughout her 10 years, setting the record straight that she would never be mistaken for anything less than who she was in all her individuality and spunk!
5. WHEN SOMETHING MATTERS, YOU FIGHT FOR IT.
You got that right! Callie did whatever she could for the patients she believed in, herself (when she almost died in the horrific car accident with Arizona) and her daughter Sofia in times of turmoil with her custody battle. When you love something or something means a lot to you, you fight for it. Period. Callie's resilience and tough spirit lifts all of our spirits and gives us hope that perhaps we could be that resilient, too.
Bidding farewell to our sweet Sara Ramirez is one of the toughest things us "Grey's" fans have had to endure in the last couple years, ever since saying our goodbyes to Cristina Yang in season 10. Okay, when Derek left my heart actually broke a little. Sara, you will be missed!
What is your favorite memory of Callie Torres? Leave your stories in the comments!
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