I recently got the chance to catch up with actress Tammy Dahlstrom to chat about her upcoming role on “Grey’s Anatomy.” Tammy has been acting since the age of 3 when she first appeared in a Kellogg’s Corn Flakes commercial and was on the cereal box. Today, she’s building a solid career lending her support to some of televisions biggest names, including our beloved Patrick Dempsey.
Holly: Tell us a little about your role in the episode titled "I Only You Were Lonely."
TAMMY: Well, I can’t give away too much, but I can say that I play an Orderly that catches the brunt of McDreamy's temper when he misconstrues a look I give him.
Holly: Who exactly did you get to work with…and what was that like?
TAMMY: I worked with Patrick Dempsey and Chandra Wilson…and they’re both really lovely to act with. At this point the show is like a well-oiled machine and everyone knows each other really well, which can be intimidating walking onto set as a guest actor. But, that certainly wasn’t the case with “Grey’s”…everyone was extremely friendly and went out of their way to make me feel comfortable.
Holly: Was there anything that surprised you while you were on set?
TAMMY: The biggest surprise was the set. It’s crazy to see what looks like a fully functioning hospital on TV broken down into a bunch of little individual sets, complete with false walls, no ceiling, and wooden flats all crammed onto a sound stage. It really does exemplify all the ‘smoke and mirrors’ magic that Hollywood creates.
Holly: Aside from your episode, do you have a favorite episode of “Grey’s Anatomy”?
TAMMY: Absolutely…I’m a huge fan and I haven’t missed an episode! I’m not sure if I could pinpoint only one episode, but I can certainly say I got very swept away with the storyline about Izzie and Denny. Also, I never saw it coming that George was the ‘John Doe’ guy hit by the bus…that was a sad episode. And, of course, I love the roller coaster of a ride we’ve watching between Derek and Meredith over the years.
Holly: Is there anything else we can catch you on in the future?
TAMMY: Yes, actually I just finished working on an episode of the new NBC series “Awake,” which is set to premiere in March. I worked with Jason Isaacs, who has the most piercing blue eyes, which made me think of his Lucius Malfoy character from the ‘Harry Potter’ films…minus the long blonde hair!
Thanks for the "Grey's Anatomy" gossip, Tammy!