Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo revealed that she probably would’ve quit the show a long time ago if she’d started her contract when she was younger.
She made the decision to embrace Grey’s and the nice paycheck to provide for her family.
Ellen Pompeo has played Meredith Grey on Grey’s Anatomy for a whopping 15 years. From the outside looking in, it may seem like she was merely dedicated to the show the whole time, but Ellen just admitted that she probably would’ve quit if she were younger.
In conversation with Jemele Hill on the Unbothered podcast, the mega-rich actress said her family was the major deciding factor when it came to sticking around for so many seasons. She told Jemele, “For me, personally, a healthy home life was more important than career...the idea that I have this great husband and these three beautiful children [and] a happy home life was really something I needed to complete, to close the hole in my heart.”
And starting Grey’s when she was 33 definitely played a role. “If I started the show when I was younger, [like] 25, I probably would have dipped out when I was 31, 32, [when] my six-year contract was up, but my age had a lot to do with it,” she explained.
All that said, Ellen fully embraced the show and the platform it gave her. She added:
“I’m not trying to run away from anything. It is who I am. I made my choices and I’m cool with it. And I actually have a real passion, which is to sort of start to talk about and break down systemic racism in the health care industry. This is something that has plagued us forever. And I think the show has given me a real window into that. That’s a platform I’m very passionate about, and I'm going to continue down that path and try to do more work in that arena. So ‘Grey’s’ has been a gift and I choose to see it that way.”
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