Shonda Rhime’s TGIT line-up of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder have landed collector’s edition covers of Entertainment Weekly magazine.
With the line-up set to return on September 23, EW decided to celebrate the success of each show by giving them all separate covers, and then one special cover that features Shonda and her female heroines: Kerry Washington (Scandal), Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder) and Ellen Pompeo (Grey’s Anatomy).
EW provided a few choice quotes, which you can read below. For full interviews you’ll have to download each copy digitally via EW’s official website.
Shonda Rhimes on why her parents were Gladiators: “When I encountered something that felt like racism—like my high school guidance counselor saying to me, ‘Honey, I don’t think you were made for Ivy League schools’—I called my mom at work and said, “Mom, this lady says I’m not made for Ivy League schools.” And my mother said, “Hold on, I’ll be there in five minutes.” My mom drove up to the school, walked into the guidance counselor’s office, came out, and said, “Everything’s fine now.”
Kerry Washington on why it’s different to work for a female showrunner: “I was talking to an actress who’s pregnant and really worried about telling her bosses, and I said, ‘Yeah, when I told my boss I was pregnant, she literally jumped up and down in my trailer.’ I don’t know if there’s a male showrunner who would do that.”
Viola Davis on colorism in the entertainment industry: “You have to come from Detroit or Atlanta to be black. If you have John Denver on your iPod and you come from Central Falls, Rhode Island, then: Eh, you trickle-down black woman.”
Ellen Pompeo on the sexist response to McDreamy’s death: “All of a sudden, Patrick [Dempsey] leaves, and it’s like, Oh my God, Meredith’s gonna get killed with Alzheimer’s! The show couldn’t possibly go on without the man!”