“My gut was just so alive with understanding of what this would mean for our audience,” admitted “Private Practice” star KaDee Strickland about the brutal rape of her character Dr. Charlotte King by a mentally unstable patient. The trauma had repercussions for all the characters on this “Grey’s Anatomy” spinoff which just wrapped its fourth season.
The actress immersed herself in research and learnt a great deal about how women and their loved ones deal with sexual assault. As she told Gold Derby, “When you get to see the end result of it, you’re really proud to be a part of something that feels like it is going to change your life and so many people’s lives … and it has.”
“Private Practice” has yet to break into the Emmys netting no nominations for its first three seasons. However, these kudos have a history of taking notice of performers on long-running shows whose characters are in jeopardy, dating back to a 1978 Best Drama Actress bid by Melissa Sue Anderson for portraying a teenager who goes blind on “Little House on the Prairie.”
If she reaps a Supporting Drama Actress nomination, Strickland says she will probably submit the first episode of this storyline but is considering “Can’t Find My Way Home” which focuses on the immediate aftermath as well as “Blind Love,” a follow-up in which her attacker is in need of emergency care.