Some talented fans of the Grey’s Anatomy spinoff series Station 19 love the palpable chemistry between actors Danielle Savre (Seattle Firefighter Maya Bishop) and Stefania Spampinato (OB/GYN Carina DeLuca) so much that they write fanfiction spoke about the couple, which earned the stars their own “Stefanielle” section on Wattpad. Per SheKnows, fans have their respective characters, Lt. Bishop and Dr. DeLuca, also lent her own endearing portmanteau of her name: “Marina.”
It was only a matter of time before DeLuca and Bishop tied the knot on the show. After all, that electrical connection had been there since Spampinato and Savre’s very first table reading—although the actors didn’t rehearse any romantic lines. “The chemistry in that scene was so strong that the whole room felt it. It was crazy,” Spampinato told SheKnows. Her and Savre’s characters both have stressful jobs that bring drama to Station 19, but as noted by BuzzFeed, viewers also get to catch plenty of sweet romantic moments and glimpses of their blissful lives at home, allowing Marina fans to to microdose romance .
Spampinato told SheKnows that television portrayals of LGBTQ+ characters in a happy, healthy relationship are important because they could lead homophobic viewers to accept non-straight couples. As for Savre, she told Let’s Stay Together host Tommy DiDario, “I can’t put into words how much it means to me to play this role.” Both Spampinato and Savre brought something else out of their roles , apart from being impressive fan favorites: a long-lasting, lovable friendship.
Stefania Spampinato thinks the attraction between her and Danielle Savre is real
Stefania Spampinato and Danielle Savre became fast friends when they were cast as a couple on Station 19, and Spampinato spoke about how their instant connection made them a more believable on-screen couple in an interview for Let’s Stay Together. The actor said: “I feel like we’re attracted to each other. We had this chemistry, we like each other as people.” In an appearance on Valen y Sofi, Savre echoed those sentiments. “Stefania and I are very passionate people… We have an admiration and respect for one another that I think resonates on camera. I love Stefania as a friend,” she said.
When the cameras aren’t rolling, the two actors have fun together on set. While appearing on “Let’s Stay Together,” Savre revealed that she and Spampinato give themselves a sugar high by snacking on chocolate and Skittles. “We dance a lot, we laugh a lot,” she said. “We’re just having so much fun.” In a video for the Station 19 Instagram account, fans learned that Savre and Spampinato call each other “bella” and that Spampinato has cooked some excellent meals for their co-star.
According to Spampinato, the actors’ close friendship made it easier for them to improvise in intimate scenes. “A few kisses were improvised. A lot of our body stuff isn’t scripted,” she told Let’s Stay Together.
Stefania Spampinato and Danielle Savre are both LGBTQ+ allies
While some “Station 19” fans would love to go on a date with Stefania Spampinato and Danielle Savre in real life, the actors are just good friends when the cameras aren’t rolling. However, both women have been open about the LGBTQ+ community. Speaking to Let’s Stay Together, Spampinato recalled backing down when her mother suggested that she shouldn’t have accepted the role of Carina DeLuca because the character is bisexual. “I was like, ‘No, I’m doing it and I’m proud of it,'” Spampinato explained.
At an “A Day with” event in Milan, Savre shared her own experiences as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. “There is a lot of shame associated with the LGBTQ community that is being imposed on us. And it’s wrong and it sucks,” she said, per Bingy News. “I was embarrassed because I had feelings, romantic relationships with people of both [sexes].”
Savre also helped a gay couple start a family. According to ABC 7, the actress donated one of her eggs so that one of her closest childhood friends, Chris Ogden-Harkins, could have a baby through surrogacy with his husband Jake. “It is amazing. It is wonderful. Not to sound cheesy, it’s magical. It was amazing. Thanks to Danielle,” Jake said of the actor’s act of generosity. The couple’s daughter was born in November 2021 and it wasn’t long before she was rocking a Station 19 onesie.