Kate Walsh of 'Private Practice' Reveals Secret Desire

Jeanne Sager

Kate WalshKate Walsh is at the top of her game right now. Her role as Dr. Addison Montgomery-Shepherd on Grey's Anatomy led not only to her current star's spot on steamy medical soap Private Practice, but pushed the name Addison to the 12th most popular baby name in the entire United States.

So why is Walsh saying she's had better times in life?

Chatting with The Stir about her new pet project for breast cancer awareness month, Walsh revealed her sweet memories of childhood.

You play a doctor on Private Practice, but you're talking about breast cancer for a different reason. Tell us about it?

It's breast cancer awareness month, and my mother is a breast cancer survivor. She's 12 years cancer-free, so it's an issue that hits close to home for me.

Purina Cat Chow is doing this really fabulous campaign this year. They're teaming up with the Susan G. Komen Foundation to find a cure, and their part is that they're doing Purina Cat Chow's Cat Nap for a Cause.

So all you have to do to raise money and awareness for breast cancer is log on to Purina Cat Chow's Facebook page. You take a pledge to take a cat nap, a 20-minute cat nap, and for every cat nap, Purina Cat Chow will donate $2 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

It's a really fabulous campaign, and when was the last time you were asked to take a cat nap?

Really! Obviously you run around like crazy for work; when do you actually get to take a cat nap?

I do as often as possible. I try! I'm very fond of napping.

Remember when you were a little and you were like "Ew, who wants to nap?" Now it's like "Oh, I love it."

So what's going on Private Practice this season?

It's just really busy. We're shooting our eighth episode right now, and we're merging the practices. Everything's kind of heating up, and lots of conflict and relationships and sexy stuff and medical stuff!

You guys rip a lot of your plotlines from the headlines as far as showing the medical issues people are actually talking about like abortion. How do you feel they're portrayed?

Yeah, I think that Shonda Rhimes does an amazing job of writing the show and writing every different side of medical issues and ethical issues and that's what makes the show really interesting and exciting -- that you get these different angles and opposing views.


Want to put your view on the breast cancer issue out there? Like Cat Nap for a Cause on Facebook, and you can share your story.


Image via Purina

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