Life as a "Grey's Anatomy" guest star isn't easy, especially when you come in to play a not-so-popular character.
For both Marika Dominczyk and her character, Eliza Minnick, the greeting hasn't been exactly warm. The actress recently discussed her experience on the show so far with TVLine and EW, and she acknowledged the strange position she's in.
Die-hard "Calzona" shippers are loath to see anyone else potentially winning the heart of Arizona (Jessica Capshaw), and unfortunately for Dominczyk, that means some fans aren't too happy with her. It's a fact she's well aware of but doesn't let bother her.
"'Calzona' fans are crazy," Dominczyk told TV Line. "I really appreciate their passion. ... And I'm so happy to be a part of it, even if it's on the [negative] receiving end."
Meanwhile, Minnick is getting an even harsher welcome at Grey Sloan. The hospital's attendings are wary of her, and for good reason. Not only did she replace Richard (James Pickens, Jr.), she was responsible for Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) being suspended. It hasn't exactly been an ideal start.
There's going to be tension, especially as the doctors have to deal with her for Phase 2 of her teaching methods in the upcoming episode, Dominczyk told EW.
"It's going to take a little bit of arm twisting to get there," she said. "Not many of them like Eliza."
In spite of the real and fictional hostility, Domincyk seems to be enjoying her stint on the show. She doesn't know when it will end yet, but her hope is later rather than sooner.
"I hope Eliza sticks around ... It's been super fun playing her," she told TVLine.
"Grey's Anatomy" airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.