In last weeks Grey’s Anatomy premiere Carina DeLuca first comforted Arizona Robbins the fans had no idea who this mysterious Italian stranger was. And they really didn’t know she’d soon have women pleasuring themselves in the MRI machines of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital in order to study what orgasms do to their brains.
But Carina is all about women on Grey’s Anatomy.Aand that’s what actor Stefania Spampinato loves about portraying her.
“SHE LOVES WOMEN. NOT JUST BECAUSE SHE’S ATTRACTED TO [THEM], BUT I FEEL LIKE SHE LOVES BEING A WOMAN,” SPAMPINATO SAYS IN A PHONE INTERVIEW. “SHE LOVES THE POWER THAT WE HAVE AS WOMEN, AND SHE WANTS TO DIG DEEPER AND MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE THE SAME RIGHTS THAT MEN HAVE.”
And Carina is way more than “just” Arizona’s new girlfriend. Carina is impacting big storylines on Grey’s Anatomy and bringing a whole new perspective. And in the premiere, Carina came to the hospital after hearing from her brother, Dr. Andrew DeLuca, that there was a female chief of surgery.
Someone Carina thought would likely allow her to conduct her groundbreaking studies on the female orgasm with the hope of helping doctors better understand pain management for women.
“I THOUGHT IT WAS A LOT OF FUN,” SPAMPINATO SAYS OF THE PREMISE OF THE STUDY. “WHILE READING THE SCENES THAT I HAD IN THE FIRST TWO EPISODES, I BECAME VERY EXCITED. I THOUGHT IT WAS SUPER INTERESTING. WE LIVE IN AN ERA WHERE WOMEN ARE TRYING TO EMPOWER OURSELVES, AND I THOUGHT IT WAS SO PERFECT FOR THE SOCIAL AND POLITICAL TIMES WE LIVE IN. I WAS VERY EXCITED TO BE ABLE TO PORTRAY THAT CHARACTER.” AUDIENCES CAN EXPECT CARINA TO CONTINUE HER EMPOWERED MEDICAL STANCES AS THE SEASON GOES ON.
“LIKE EVEN … MALE VIAGRA. [SHE WANTS] FEMALE VIAGRA,” SPAMPINATO SAYS. “IT’S A GOAL FOR [CARINA] TO MAKE SURE THAT SHE FIGHTS FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS IN THIS SPECIFIC REALM [OF SEXUAL HEALTH AND PLEASURE].”
And playing a female character doing groundbreaking work on Grey’s Anatomy isn’t the only reason Spampinato was excited to sign on for the show’s 14th season. Spaminato is also a longtime Grey’s Anatomy viewer.
“I WAS A FAN OF THE SHOW, SO IT WAS EVEN MORE EXCITING FOR ME TO GO TO A TABLE READ WITH THE WHOLE CAST AND [CREATOR] SHONDA [RHIMES] AND KRISTA [VERNOFF, CO-SHOWRUNNER] AND THE WHOLE TEAM OF WRITERS,” SPAMPINATO SAYS. “AND I WAS LITERALLY FREAKING OUT. I THINK IT’S THE MOST STARSTRUCK THAT I’VE EVER BEEN IN MY LIFE.”
We are going to see what will happen between the two of them in the rest of season 14.