Kate Walsh enjoying her freedom
'Private Practice' star feels like she's 'out of jail' now that show's over
For six seasons, Kate Walsh delighted fans as Dr. Addison Montgomery on ABC's medical drama spin-off, "Private Practice."
Prior to that, Walsh, 45, spent a few years on the show that inspired "Private Practice," "Grey's Anatomy," where she at first angered viewers as McDreamy's (Patrick Dempsey) ex and then winning them over as a hopeless romantic. But if you do the math, Walsh spent a lot of time playing Addison. And now that "Private Practice" is over, the actress says she feels freer.
"It's kind of like being out of jail, being out of work," Walsh said on "Chelsea Lately" this week. (Click here to see the video.) "I was on the show for a long time, it is a little like I'm some sort of criminal."
Now that she's happily unemployed, Walsh said she's been partying and hopes to travel. But she'd better hurry. It's pilot season and it is only a matter of time before someone snatches her up.
"Chelsea Lately" airs weeknights at 11 p.m. ET/PT on E!
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My Mother used to say "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all! I would like to say something nice about Kate Walsh. I think she is very talented. I enjoyed her on Grey's Anatomy and also on Private Practice. I hope after her much needed "Vacation" she will appear in another show. I would like to ask everyone who commented on her finally leaving acting for a while, that "when your vacation time comes at your job, do you say "Oh No! I want to keep working?" There is definitely more to life than that!
Kate is wonderful and awesome. She portrayed a very flawed character in a manner that made her admirable.
Complaining about what a cushy life these actors have and indulging them by watching their t.v. shows and movies makes you a hipocrite.
Mark I agree that's one hell of a jail. I'd gladly work there 100+ hr weeks if I could... . even one yr. would set me up for life.
And Denise is correct -- jealousy & bitterness will consume you, but who is jealous or bitter? I admire Kate Walsh and many of her colleagues.
My dearest friend at 16 yrs. worked as an au pair to help her widowed mom with college tuition, had scholarships to ivy league universities for graduate studies, worked in "prestigious" positions --- might this also be considered accomplishments? But this couple has not been immune to the cost of "pre-existing" conditions, Alzheimer's care for elderly parents ( $7 to 10,000/month),& other situations beyond their control that have made them "marginal". Indeed in less than a decade over $500,000 of their hard earned retirement funds went in the pockets of insurance companies & others in the medical establishment . That amount wouldn't put a dent in the savings of a successful actor, but it keeps others working way into retirement yrs. And the stress is killing.
I am sure Kate Walsh did not mean to sound an ingrate. It would have been better had she mentioned she's grateful to have had the good luck to be gainfully employed so many yrs. as an actor. I am sure her comments were made in a light hearted manner.
The issue here is more important than how Kate Walsh appeared in an interview. It's about a system that disproportionately rewards some while others as hard working -- some making tremendous contributions (not referring to myself ) in medical & scientific research, others saving lives as your local rescue squad, teachers, nurses, those who work with special needs children & or adults, etc.. Some lack deserved recognition, but more importantly many in their retirement yrs are living below the designated U.S. poverty guidelines (& many during their younger yrs).
Denise. I do not think looking in the mirror can help a baby boomer couple who have been bankrupt by the US healthcare/insurance companies. If there is any serious message here beside a radiant Ms. Walsh enjoying a stint of hard work coming to an end, than it's the growing divide of the wealthy , the dying out middle class & the growing # of poor in this country.
I think she talking about the jail of being one character for such a long time and the long hours one works on an hourly show. They work 18 hour days! So give the lady a break for being honest (I find it refreshing - a lot of these actors give the "everything's roses" answers because they know it will bite them in the butt with the public if they speak honestly). I'm sure she is fully aware of how lucky she is money-wise and the other perks of being in show biz, but it isn't all lots of money & premieres, it is hard work and a lot of frustration and rejection.
So, thanks to Kate for a wonderful six seasons, and best of luck in whatever is your next venture! I'll be looking forward to seeing what is next for you!