‘Grey’s Anatomy’ alum Sarah Drew unveils her ideas for a ‘Japril’ spinoff show


Fans of Grey’s Anatomy were glued to their televisions when Sarah Drew reprised her role as Dr. April Kempner on May 6. Along with Jesse Williams, who plays longtime love interest and ex-husband Jackson Avery, Drew has often expressed her hope that the two characters will reunite romantically in the end. After Williams recently announced he was leaving the doctor series, rumors have been circulating about a possible spinoff starring the fan-favorite couple.

Meanwhile, Sarah Drew would be on board for a “Grey’s Anatomy” spinoff.

In episode “Look Up, Child,” Jackson decides to leave Grey Sloan Memorial to run the Avery Foundation in an effort to eliminate disparities in medicine. After visiting with his estranged father and talking it out with his ex-wife April, Jackson successfully recruits his former flame to assist him in his new mission. Drew noted how perfectly the two characters’ ambitions for a spinoff fit together.

“How amazing and necessary is a series about racial justice in the medical field and equality and equity?” said Drew, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “[He would be] working from a position where he has money and power to make that change, and she’s working with people who are experiencing homelessness.”

Though there is no official news yet on a Grey’s Anatomy spinoff, Drew revealed that crew members assumed the two actors would film a spinoff. She shared how she imagined a “Japril” series could address some important social issues.

“These two could change the world of medicine,” the Grey’s Anatomy alumna noted. “I would watch the series! It’s fun to dream! Who knows, it’s not up to me!”


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Drew’s Character was written out of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ in 2018, and her return set up the storyline for Williams’ own exit from the series after 12 seasons.

“I was excited to be a part of his exit,” Drew shared. “The relationship between the two of us and ‘Japril’ is so meaningful to both of us. It felt like the perfect time to come back and do a special episode to help Jackson with his big send-off.”

The fans have been watching April and Jackson’s on-and-off pairing since season eight. Drew commented on how both characters have evolved since their early days at Grey Sloan Memorial.

“She’s extremely fulfilled and living in her calling,” Drew said. “The beauty of it is that her best friend, her person, has now discovered and is pursuing that true calling. Regardless of whether they enter into a romantic relationship in the future, just the fact that these two people who care so much about each other are living in their true calling is bliss.”

Sarah Drew wants “Japril” to be the “endgame”

The beloved “Grey’s” couple experienced many ups and downs, including April leaving her fiancé Matthew at the altar for Jackson. Japril” became a married couple with a daughter, Harriet, but in the end the marriage was divorced and April returned to Matthew to tie the knot. At the end of “Look Up, Child,” April reveals that her marriage to Matthew is over, with fans hoping for a renewed reconciliation between the two doctors.

“We’ll leave it up to the viewers to come to the conclusion that makes them happiest,” Drew explained, leaving the door open for interpretation. “I’ve never been shy about Japril being the endgame; that’s what I wanted all along.”


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Drew wasn’t thrilled about her exciting storyline to marry Matthew in the last episode, while she sees April and Jackson’s move to the Northeast as a possibility.

“One of my biggest heartbreaks about going into Season 14 is that they didn’t get to the endgame,” the Grey’s Anatomy alum said. “But who knows what will happen when they make their way to Boston.”


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