Lauren Stamile, Patrick Dempsey, Ellen Pompeo

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She's a peach.

I'm not usually one to use that word, but honestly, it just applies so well to the lovely (inside and out) Lauren Stamile that I can't help myself!

Grey's Anatomy finally returns one week from tonight (Thursday, Jan. 10), for what will be the last episode we'll see until that ugly thing that starts with the letter S is resolved.

As I've hinted at in previous chats, this is a doozy of an ep, with something major going down for nearly every character, but in particular Bailey, Lexie and the Mer-Der-Rose love triangle. From what I'm hearing, Derek makes a...wait for it...decision regarding Meredith. Gaa!

So, who is this lovely Lauren, and what does she know and think about Rose and McDreamy? I sat down with her to get the goods, and I must warn you, I found her remarkably unhateable (sorry, Mer!) and also found her real-life connection to her storyline adorable. Keep reading to see what she revealed!

I heard your mom and dad met just like Rose and McDreamy.
[Laughs.] Yes! My mom is a nurse, and my dad is a doctor, and it's actually kind of cute, because you know how they wear the surgical masks? Well, my dad saw my mom's eyes, and that was it. Very romantic.

So, what was it like the first time you met Patrick?
I met him in my last meeting [with the producers], and I didn't realize how nervous I was until I met him! He's definitely one of the most charismatic and charming people I have ever met. I wasn't ready, I don't think. I was laughing and red and embarrassed and probably ridiculous looking.

How very Rose-like of you!
Yeah, I was so very much myself during that audition. I wasn't sure at first if that was good or if that was bad. I guess it wasn't too bad.

So, how jealous are your friends that you're smooching McDreamy?
Very! [Laughs.] I would be, too, if I were them. My family is very excited. I can't quite believe that's really my job!

What was it like to film that first kiss? Please be specific for our female readers!
I was nervous. A scene like that is always nerve-racking, it just is. And usually my way of coping with things like that is talking about it. So, I said to him, are you freaking out? Because I'm freaking out. I was very upset I didn't have hair in that scene, I had the shower cap on. I don't even look cute, I look like a turtle. So, I spent time making fun of myself and then he made fun of me, too. We laughed our way through it. It ended up being very comfortable and nice, actually. But it was definitely a nerve-racking day.

Now the money question: Will there be more kisses for Derek and Rose?
I don't know. I think I'm like everybody else in that I don't know what's going to happen. I think their relationship could kind of go either way. I guess we'll have to wait until things start up again after the strike.

Have you heard what the fans are saying about Rose?
I've heard some. I try not to look at the blogs or anything like that, because I am sure there are many people who are not happy. But my family and friends tell me, "Oh, yes. There are people who are not happy." But there are people who are happy, too, so I'm sure that's probably happening.

What do you want to happen for Derek and Rose?
Well, gosh. I was a very big fan of the show before this job, and there was an episode where Derek was saying to Meredith, "I want to have children with you, I want my life with you and I will wait." And I remember, when I was watching that episode, I was like, "Oh! I hope nobody comes along, that's awful, they need to be together!" And now I'm realizing,"Oh, that might be me."

So, I think they've been going on a back-and-forth thing for a long time, and I think sometimes, the way you truly value somebody is to see what it's like not to have them. It might even be good for their relationship if things took a turn for a little while. And if that involves me, I would be very pleased. [Laughs.]

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