‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Ellen Pompeo ‘Hated’ Medical Shows, So Here’s Why She Accepted the Role of Meredith Grey

by Jeremy Spirogis
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There’s no Grey’s Anatomy with out Meredith Grey, and the identical goes for the character’s real-life alter ego, Ellen Pompeo. The Shondaland actor has performed the main position for the reason that collection premiere in 2005. But regardless of taking part in Meredith for over a decade — and counting — Pompeo isn’t the most important fan of medical reveals. 

Why ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star Ellen Pompeo hates medical reveals

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In an interview with Parade revealed in 2013, Pompeo was requested about her favourite medical drama. Then the actor defined it wasn’t precisely her factor.

“To be honest, I hated medical shows,” Pompeo mentioned on the time. “They make me super anxious. I don’t particularly like medical shows at all. I never have.”

She continued, “The present that was actually large on the time for my era — earlier than I began Grey’s — was ER. That was on without end. But I’ve by no means seen one episode.”

Now, it appears Pompeo has lastly watched a few ER episodes. But her emotions about medical reveals haven’t modified. 

“You know, I hated medical shows,” Pompeo instructed Dax Shepard on the Armchair Expert podcast. “I had watched two episodes of ER, and each instances I assumed I used to be dying.”

Why Ellen Pompeo determined to pursue ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey on 'Grey's Anatomy' Season 16
Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ | Kelsey McNeal/ABC through Getty Images

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Obviously, Pompeo determined to take the main position on Grey’s Anatomy, regardless of hating medical reveals. So what impressed her to take the half? When talking with Shepard, Pompeo revealed her agent satisfied her to take the gig.

“So [Grey’s Anatomy] wasn’t an audition, it was a suggestion,” Pompeo mentioned, including she was doing small roles on movies on the time. She additionally didn’t wish to be “stuck” on a present for six years. But in the end, she wanted to consider her funds.

“I needed money,” Pompeo mentioned. “So my agent was just like, ‘You know, Ellen, just do this pilot. Get the money. These things never go … You’re not going to be stuck on a show for six years because this thing will never go. None of them go.’”

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Of course, Pompeo’s agent was improper. Grey’s Anatomy went on to develop into the longest-running primetime medical drama of all time. And now, the ABC collection will solely finish when Pompeo and creator Shonda Rhimes resolve it’s time. Then when talking on the Armchair Expert podcast, Pompeo hinted she desires to “dip out sooner than later.”

“At this point, having done what we’ve done, to leave while the show is still on top, is definitely a goal,” she mentioned. “I’m not trying to stay on the show forever, no way.”

But even so, Pompeo nonetheless selected to remain all these years. Though it wasn’t for fame or success. On the Jemele Hill Is Unbothered podcast, Pompeo touched on the explanation why she didn’t depart Grey’s Anatomy.

“I made choices to stay on the show,” Pompeo mentioned. “For me, personally, a healthy home life was more important than a career … I made a decision to make money, and not chase creative acting roles.”

Whenever Pompeo decides to depart Meredith behind, most Grey’s Anatomy followers are simply grateful the actor caught round for over 16 seasons. But as they are saying, the carousel by no means stops turning and you’ll’t get off. So we’ll simply need to see the place the journey takes us transferring ahead.

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