ABC’s medical drama Grey’s Anatomy is currently knee deep in it’s twelfth season, with no signs of slowing down. Aside from the outstanding regular cast, which has changed significantly in the show’s long tenure, Grey’s has always boasted impressive guest stars who bring drama and quirkiness to the surgeons of Seattle Grace/ Seattle Grace Mercy West/Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. Most recently, last season saw actress Geena Davis change the career and life of Arizona as Dr. Nicole Herman. Now it appears we have a new guest star for the 12th Season.
Variety is reporting that actor Wilmer Valderrama will appear for a multi-episode arc this season. His character, named Kyle Diaz, will make his debut in an episode in early April. There isn’t a specific date for which Thursday will bring the actor into the world of Shondaland.
Wilmer Valderrama is perhaps best known for playing the role of Fez in the FOX sitcom That 70’s Show. Fez was one of the more cartoonish characters from the sitcom, as a foreign exchange student from an unknown origin country. Fez is known to be girl-crazy, and is most recognizable by his signature accent, lisp, and inability to seal the deal with the myriad women he attempts to seduce.
Now the question is: what will Wilmer Valderrama’s role be in Grey’s Anatomy? Unfortunately, we only have the character’s name to go off of, which isn’t much. However, since the majority of the characters in Grey’s are surgeons, the absence of the title of Doctor in front of the character’s name might be telling. Since he most likely isn’t going to be part of the staff of Grey Loan Memorial, there’s a distinct possibility that he will be either a patient or a patient’s loved one.
Since Wilmer Valderrama be appearing in a few episodes, it would make sense for him to have a personal connection with one of the surgeons. Considering the current plotlines of the show, my guess is that he will be a potential love interest/friendship for April or Amelia. Both of these women are at a bit of a crossroad in their arcs, and might need a fresh perspective to get them out of their respective depressions.
While April is currently secretly pregnant with Jackson’s child, it doesn’t mean that the two surgeons will be able to reconcile their differences. The divorce papers have been signed, and Jackson is ready to continue his life free of their relationship. Maybe Valderrama’s Kyle Diaz will be able to bring some spark or flirtation that helps April realize that there are other good men out there.
As usual Amelia Shepherd is a mess. She had another relapse after Meredith’s most recent near death experience, and the two’s relationship is shaky at best. Additionally, her relationship with Owen is super confusing and cold. Perhaps Amelia will meet Kyle Diaz and finally be able to take a step back from the hospital and gain some perspective.
Then again, Wilmer Valderrama might just be playing some sick patient who gets treated for a few episodes.
We’ll continue to update you as more information becomes clear. Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursday nights on ABC.