If you have watched any TV in the last two decades, chances are you have seen at least one episode of Grey’s Anatomy. That’s how long Grey’s Anatomy has been on the air — since 2005. They have aired over 300 episodes and more than 15 seasons. The ride up and down that the show has taken its fans has been a crazy journey, with many happy moments and devastating scenes also. While the biggest fans may know a lot about the show, even the most dedicated watchers of the show may not know all the facts about Grey’s Anatomy. If you’re ready to learn more about one of the longest-running shows on ABC, read on about the things you probably don’t know about Grey’s Anatomy.
Grey’s Anatomy wasn’t supposed to be the title of the show.
Actor Kate Walsh who plays Addison Montgomery, said that the show went through several name changes. It was initially going to be called Doctors, then Surgeons. They even considered calling it Complications. They eventually settled on Grey’s Anatomy, which we think was a pretty great option.
The title of the show, Grey’s Anatomy, is based on an actual medical textbook.
Gray’s Anatomy is the title of the show and is actually an actual book on anatomy. It was written by Henry Gray and it is still in print to this day.
Only three of the main cast members are still on Grey’s Anatomy.
After over 300 episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, there are only three actors of the original Grey’s crew still left on the show. Meredith Grey, who is played by Ellen Pompeo, Miranda Bailey, played by Chandra Wilson, and Richard Webber, who is played by James Pickens Jr., are the only original members left.
They actually filmed the show in hospitals in some scenes.
The interior shots of Grey’s Anatomy are filmed on a built out sound stage at Loz Feliz’s Prospect Studios, according to Los Angeles Magazine. The outdoor scenes though, that showed the entrance for Grey Sloan Memorial, were shot at the Veterans Administration Supelveda Ambulatory Care Center.
Bohkee is a real nurse.
One of the most recognizable background actors from the show is Bohkee, who has been on the show for a number of years. What many Grey’s fans may not know is that Bohkee is an actual nurse in real life. “The nurse in that scene, Bokhee, is a real surgical nurse. She’s been with us since the beginning. She’s like my 2nd mom, she’s the best,” said Sandra Oh, who plays Cristina Yang on Grey’s.
The fake blood and guts are not real human remains, but are pretty gross still.
The gore you see on the show is not real life human remains, but are still made of the remains of something living. To make the surgeries look as realistic as possible, the show uses cow organs and fake blood created from gelatin and chicken fat. “The smell is repulsive and makes us all gag. And we use an actual soldering tool to solder the organs. It smells like burning flesh … It’s pretty gross,” said Sarah Drew, who played April Kepner from the show.
Katherin Heigl rejected an Emmy nomination for her role in Grey’s Anatomy.
In 2008, Heigl was nominated for an Emmy for her portrayal of Izzy Stevens on Grey’s Anatomy. But Heigl actually opted out of the nomination because she didn’t feel she had been given material that would “warran an Emmy nomination,” and that she didn’t want to “potentially take away an opportunity from an actress who was given such materials,” according to the New York Times.