Ellen Pompeo chose 'money' with Grey's Anatomy longevity

Lawrence Kim
August 5, 2020

Still a top ratings draw for ABC, the show has already been picked up for its 17th season ... and the 50-year-old Pompeo will be scrubbing back in as Dr. Meredith Grey. "For me, personally, a wholesome residence life was extra necessary than profession", she stated. "I didn't grow up with a particularly happy childhood", Pompeo explained to Jemele Hill on the latest episode of her "Unbothered" podcast. "So the idea that I have this great husband and these three lovely children [and] a happy home life was really something I needed to complete, to close the hole in my heart", Ellen said.

We hope that we get at least another couple of seasons of Grey's Anatomy beyond this current one, but in general, our feeling is that the show really should end whenever Ellen feels done playing Meredith Grey.

She additional defined that since she was not in her 20s, she felt like she'd should "chase" different roles if she give up the favored ABC present and he or she wished to verify she had monetary safety and "generate profits" as a substitute of getting to "chase inventive roles".

'I knew coming up on 40, it's like, I don't want to be out there chasing things, running after things, begging, ' she continued.

She also earns an undisclosed sum for producing the Grey's spinoff, Station 19. The Shondaland character has been around since 2005, and she continues to be a powerhouse as the show enters its 17th season.

And that decision has made Pompeo plenty of money. I didn't start Grey's until I was 33, and then I started having kids at 40, ' she said. "If I began the present once I was youthful, [like] 25, I in all probability would have dipped out once I was 31, 32, [when] my six-year contract was up, however my age had quite a bit to do with it".

Acknowledging that some actors will try to escape their most famous roles, she explained: "I understand that completely, but at my age and where my life is, I just try to lean into it". ABC president Karey Burke has made it clear the show will continue until Pompeo is ready to stop.

While she says she gets to experience some of that same sense of thrill as a producer, she's "never that thirsty" because she prioritized financial security in her life. 'I'm not trying to run away from anything. I made my choices and I'm cool with it.

It's an refreshingly candid and practical explanation for why she's stuck with the same role for so many years.

"The first 10 years we had serious culture issues, very bad behaviour, really toxic work environment", she told Taraji P. Henson during a conversation for Variety's Actors on Actors chat.

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