Entertainment Weekly met up with Shonda Rhimes during their #TGIT cover shoot to discuss her new memoir, Year of Yes.
Year of Yes describes the year in which Rhimes challenged herself to say “yes” to every invitation she received. Although public speaking was one of Rhimes' worst fears, during the Year of Yes
Rhimes accepted an invitation to deliver a commencement speech at Dartmouth College. “My panic was always really huge,” she told EW. “I had so much social anxiety.” Her journey during the Year of Yes helped her get over that.
“I was seriously dating somebody and I was like, I don’t want to do this,≈ she says. “I guess I had been secretly feeling that way and writing it for Cristina [Yang on Grey’s Anatomy]. We’re all so conditioned to want it, I felt like there must be something wrong with me. But the minute I said it out loud to my family, it was fantastic. Now if somebody says, ‘Are you looking for that?’ I say, ‘Nope, looking for a boyfriend, not a husband.’ And there’s a freedom to that. There’s no pressure if you’re not looking for it.“Year of Yes is due in November.
Rhimes also let EW know what shows she wishes she created and who she wants to work with next.