If you are like me, who grew up watching Disney Channel, you must be familiar with the singer, composer, and actress Demi Lovato. We remember Demi for her incredible voice, her starring in many Disney classics such as Camp Rock or Sonny With A Chance, and her courage to speak up about mental illness, just like Duff McKagan. The star reveals her true emotional core to the public as often as possible, so it is understandable that she dabbled in acting from time to time as a way to express herself.
That said, even her die-hard fans may forget her appearance in a single episode of a popular, long-running medical drama, namely Grey’s Anatomy. In case you don’t remember, let us remind you of Demi Lovato Grey’s Anatomy episode and how her small role critically affects one of the doctors’ journeys!
Everything You Need To Know About Demi Lovato Grey’s Anatomy Episode!
On March 30, 2010, Demi stans received a pleasant surprise from the 18-year-old star. She excitedly announced her appearance as a guest on Grey’s Anatomy season 6 through a twit:
“I’m so thrilled to announce that this week I’m shooting Grey’s Anatomy!!!!!!!! AHHH!!!!”
According to the young actress herself, it was Patrick Dempsey aka Dr. McDreamy who told her to give a shoutout to her followers. Demi Lovato started catching up on ABC’s hit during breaks on the set of Camp Rock: The Final Jam and had since become a huge fan. Meeting the cast of Grey’s Anatomy was a dream for Demi, so needless to say, this was a huge joy for the rising star.
Many fans (including me) expected Demi to appear as a med student, but it was not the case. Instead, she played the role of Hayley May – a terrified patient who might suffer from schizophrenia – in the episode “Shiny Happy People”.
TV Guide later exposed a still from her scene, revealing Demi’s face covered in claw marks:
This image evoked much curiosity, and folks couldn’t wait to see how the Camp Rock actress would rock Seattle Grace Mercy West.
What Happened In Demi Lovato’s Grey Anatomy Episode?
In Demi Lovato’s Grey Anatomy episode, her character Hayley May was forcefully sent to Seattle Grace Mercy West. Hayley attempted to harm herself by ripping out her eyes after a schizophrenia diagnosis, and that’s why her worried parents rushed her to the hospital.
However, things took a dramatic turn when Dr.Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) and Dr.Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw) tried to examine the young girl. Immediately, she grabbed a syringe and pressed it to her neck, threatening to kill herself while yelling at everyone that she wasn’t insane.
Demi Lovato On Grey’s Anatomy Full Scene
Alex tried to cool her down by suggesting to do some medical tests, and Hayley agreed. It was fortunate that she did because ultimately, Alex identified the problem with Hayley: She wasn’t schizophrenic at all, but was suffering from a tiny hole in her inner ear. Due to this hole, Hayley continually heard everything that was going on within her own body, causing her to experience an excruciating amount of noises.
After undergoing surgery to fix the hole, Hayley was able to go back to her normal life. This proved that Alex was a good match for pediatric surgery, and he can provide genuine and empathetic support to his patients.
Thanks to Demi Lovato Grey’s Anatomy episode, the rising star gained more recognition for her acting and even won a People’s Choice Award for Favorite TV Guest Star. It comes as no surprise, given her realistic and emotional depiction of a young, desperate girl battling an unknown medical condition. But, believe it or not, Demi was not the only star who surprised us on Grey’s Anatomy!
Other Guest Stars You Might Forget Were On Grey’s Anatomy
That’s right. Over the course of Grey’s Anatomy, Demi was just one of many guest stars passing through the hospital doors. Some remarkable names even had longer arcs in the series, but we won’t blame you if you forgot about them. We have taken stock of who appeared on the show over the years for you to remember. Check it out, and when you are done, you might want to have some fun with the Grey’s Anatomy drinking game!
Do you recognize this blonde beauty? Yes, she is the “One Tree Hill” alum and “White Collar” star, Hilarie Burton, and she appeared thrice in Grey’s Anatomy season 9 as Lauren Boswell.
Unfortunately, her arrival wasn’t welcomed by CalZona stans: Boswell worked closely with Dr. Arizona, so close that they even had a one-night-stand, and caused Arizona’s already-rocky marriage with Callie to fall apart.
Although her appearance was brief and not well-received, Burton still had a strong bond with the show. She even married one of “Grey’s” alum, Jeffrey Dean Morgan (who played the ill-fated Denny Duquette) in 2019 and had two children together.
Brace yourself, fans of Christina Ricci, because she was one of the stars who made appearances on Grey’s Anatomy! Way back in season 2, Ricci played Hannah, a paramedic who used her hand to tamponade a wound that turned out to be filled with a bomb. She appeared in two episodes, “It’s The End Of The World” and “As We Know It”.
Well, is this Grey’s Anatomy or The Dark Knight? Whatever! Ricci was the hero of the day and received a hug from Mindy for her glorious action.
Long before he melted (or broke) your heart as 13 Reason Why’s Clay Jensen, Dylan Minette portrayed a hearing-impaired child named Ryan in Grey’s Anatomy season 4. In the episode, he was given a new pair of ears that allowed him to hear again.
But that doesn’t matter. What matters is… we got to see baby Dylan Minnette! Just look at him and you will know what I mean:
This innocent little boy had no idea he would be attending Liberty High School in a few years and fall for a girl named Hanna Baker. Little did he know, he would be haunted forever by her memory. I kinda feel bad for tiny Clay.
Though currently starring on the Shonda Rimes hit How To Get Away With Murder, Weil used to appear on Grey’s Anatomy as Alyson Clark, whom Izzie became close to during chemo treatment. Tragically, Alyson passed away due to cancer, causing her husband to file a lawsuit against the hospital in the episode “How Insensitive”.
Before ruining our emotions on This Is Us, Mandy Moore appeared in Grey’s Anatomy as Mary Portman, a patient of Dr. Bailey who was in need of a blood transfusion and asked her husband to get her a pizza on the day of the Gary Clark shooting.
When Clark busted into the room, the doctors hid and Mary faked her death. Charles got shot in the end, which resulted in one of the most emotional scenes in season 6: Dr. Bailey gave it all she had to save him with Mary’s support.
So you have it, everything about Demi Lovato Grey’s Anatomy and other guest stars! Perhaps Hayley May was just a small role, but the fact that she successfully portrayed a character with such complex emotions at the age of 17 proves her endless potential early on. And indeed, our young girl is now making it big in the entertainment industry!