Jessica Capshaw Calls Grey’s Costar Katherine Heigl a ‘Powerhouse’
07/16/2009 AT 12:00 AM EDT
"I personally was a fan of Grey's before I went there so I run the risk of sounding -- now that I get to be a part of the cast -- braggy because I think it's awesome!" says the actress, who plays Seattle Grace's newest resident Dr. Arizona Robbins on the ABC hit.
Talking to PEOPLE at the the One Year Anniversary Party for 3.1 Phillip Lim Los Angeles store, Capshaw cited the tear-jerking finale as a reason to love the medical drama.
"I've heard a lot of tell me what was great about the finale was the insane pace and how heartbreaking it was," she says, "and emotional and tense and all the good things you tune into television for."
Although T.R. Knight has officially left the show, Capshaw says she's happy to have more time to bond with Katherine Heigl, whom she called a "wonderful woman."
"She's a powerhouse -- she's beautiful, she's funny, she's strong and she's certainly got a burden of riches right now," Capshaw said. "She's got a wonderful career in so many different ways. She's always struck me as someone who is really aware at how wonderful she has it." -- Michelle Ward