Shoshannah Stern made her debut in Thursday’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy and has been welcomed by fans with open arms. The actress, who’s deaf, plays Dr. Lauren Riley, who will be a recurring character on ABC’s long-running series going ahead. Furthermore, the first time a physician that is deaf has appeared in a recurring role on a network show is marked by her personality.
“Paradoxically, I adore Dr. Riley, I want more of her,” tweeted a single buff, while the other wrote,”[Dr.] Riley came with a lot of esteem and optimism for myself which made me adore the feminine empowerment.” A third announced that”Dr. Riley is amazing so much and I adore her and eager to protect her.”
Others have been elated with the type of representation her personality will bring for individuals. “Appreciate that Dr. Riley is currently on the series (coming from somebody who completely speaks ASL!) ,” another enthusiast tweeted. “Thank you, Greys for really using someone who’s deaf rather than only someone to depict a deaf individual,” added yet another.
In a meeting with Variety, Stern explained the way she wanted her Grey’s Anatomy personality to be depicted.
“It was important to me personally that Riley was the very best at what she did because, not in spite, of the fact that she is deaf,” Stern stated. “It was also significant that being deaf is not something which defines Riley, it merely adds a special coating to her. I loved the way that it had been implemented on the webpage, also, since Riley does finally sort of signature on how her being deaf has really helped her become as great as she is, but she is sort of an enigma because you never truly understand what she is thinking or why she is saying exactly what she’s.”
In precisely the exact same interview, showrunner Krista Vernoff stated she throw Stern afterward she”fell in love with her as an individual, as a communicator, as a celebrity. I thought I wished to place her on my display and she was phenomenal, Vernoff added. “I didn’t know it hadn’t been achieved before.”
Along with acting, Stern is also the founder and star of the Sundance TV series That Near, in Addition to portrays Eileen Leahy on The CW’s Supernatural. Her most recent role is not her initial medical drama, but as she appeared in an episode of ER way back in 2003.
Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.