Private Practice Promotes Caterina Scorsone to Series Regular

Private Practice has promoted Caterina Scorsone to series regular, has learned exclusively.

"It's so fantastic for so many reasons," Scorsone, who plays Dr. Amelia Shepherd, sister to Grey's Anatomy's Derek (Patrick Dempsey), tells of her promotion. "The set is really a wonderful environment. Everyone is generous and fantastic, so to know that's going to be my home for a while is pretty nice."

Amelia was introduced late last season, when she clashed with the Oceanside Wellness docs over whether she could save one of their patient's lives. "She's very complex," says Scorsone, who actually went to medical school before deciding she'd rather play a doctor than be a doctor. "She inspires a whole rainbow of emotions in all the people around her. She's lovable and annoying at the same time," Scorsone says. "She's also tough and fragile at the same time."

Though she plays Derek's sister, Scorsone has yet to work with Dempsey, but is itching to do so. "It is a little bit intimidating, knowing how passionate people are, wanting to honor their expectations in the relationship with Derek, who is so deeply a part of people's emotional journey on this show."

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