by Gina Roberts-Grey
Born a California girl, Walsh lived in Arizona, where she got her start in regional theater, moved to Chicago to work with the famed Piven Theatre Workshop and the Chicago Shakespeare Repertory and then burst onto off-Broadway after she moved to New York City in her early 20s. Her recurring role on “The Drew Carey Show” as Niki Fifer, Drew’s girlfriend who struggled with weight issues, was followed up by dozens of supporting and bit parts on TV and as a voice actor. Then in 2005, the powers-that-be on ABC’s mega-hit “Grey’s Anatomy” offered her the role of Addison Montgomery Shepherd. And Walsh’s life playing a straight-shooting neonatal surgeon was born. Audiences instantly fell in love with Walsh’s character, so much so that in 2007, series creator and executive producer, Shonda Rhimes, created “Private Practice,” a Grey’s spin-off based around the fiery doctor’s storyline.
This month the series returns for season six, which industry insiders speculate may be the show’s last. And even if the beloved medical drama does return in 2013, it will be without Dr. Montgomery; Walsh has decided to leave the show at the end of the season. “It’s been an amazing journey,” she says. Walsh, is completely unaffected by her character’s popularity. In fact, she’s downright humble and surprised by attention. “I’m honored and thrilled to be on BELLA’s cover,” was her reply when we sat down with her to talk about life as a TV doctor, what’s it’s like to play opposite all those hot men and what fall trends she’s most excited about. Here’s a look inside the world of one of television’s most popular actresses…
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