Out of the leather jacket and into the scrubs.
Tina Majorino, fresh out of her role on HBO's True Blood, has been tapped to appear in the upcoming ninth season of the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy. According to Zap2It, Majorino will be playing Heather, an intern. It's assumed her internship will be at Seattle Grace, but with several of the show's main characters planning to head to new jobs, she could be at any of the show's potentially new locations.
Talking to TV Guide, who broke the news, Grey's creator Shonda Rhimes clarified that the new actors cast in the season -- including Gaius Charles and Majorino's True Blood co-star Camilla Luddington -- aren't new series regulars meant to replace the outbound Chyler Leigh and Eric Dane. "It's really interesting that everybody seems to think we've hired new series regulars," Rhimes said. "It's not. We hired some really lovely guest stars who are doing some really lovely guest-star stuff. It boils down to the fact that all our doctors are attendings and one of the things that I want to see our attendings doing is teach, so that's what we're seeing."
Majorino, 27, is well known for playing the introverted Deb in the 2004 sleeper hit Napoleon Dynamite. She recurred on the UPN's series Veronica Mars, and has since appeared in Big Love, Castle, and Bones. She voiced her character Deb for this year's abysmal Napoleon Dynamite animated series.
Most recently, Majorino appeared on True Blood as Molly, the inventor of the Authority's iStake. Majorino recurred in the show's fifth season until -- and spoilers for last Sunday's episode of True Blood here -- Molly was killed off by her own inventions (with a little help from Bill). It certainly didn't take long for Majorino to nab another acting gig, though.
Grey's Anatomy will return for its ninth season Thursday, September 27 at 9/8c.