E Online - Ellen Pompeo may forever be known as Dr. Meredith Grey—and that's ok with her.
Going into her 17th season on Grey's Anatomy, the longtime actress is practically synonymous with the hit ABC series at this point. Unlike many of her former co-stars, who have moved on to other acting projects, Pompeo hasn't taken on another role in 15 years aside from voicing a Doc McStuffins character and appearing in Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" music video in 2015. But, as the star explained on the Jemele Hill is Unbothered podcast, the way her career has shaped out was a conscious decision.
"I made choices to stay on the show," the mom of three told Hill. "For me personally, a healthy home life was more important than career. I didn't grow up with a particularly happy childhood. So, to have a happy home life was really something I needed to complete, to close the hole in my heart, and so I made a decision to make money and not chase creative acting roles."
"I don't like chasing anything ever, and acting to me in my experience was a lot of chasing," the self-proclaimed "hustler" continued. "You gotta chase roles, you gotta beg for roles, you gotta convince people...and although I produce and it's the same kind of a thing, I think I still do it from a place of, I'm never that thirsty because I'm financially set."
Pompeo also honed in on the show's profitable power beyond the TV screen. "It didn't make a lot of sense for me to sort of walk away because I knew it was such a downloadable show," the actress said. "I knew the streaming numbers, so it just made sense I want a piece of this pie, too. I'm not just going to have one bite and walk away and let everybody else keep profiting for years."
This is one of my favorite articles I've ever read. I've thought about this sort of thing forever. She is a legend for this. 0 other roles in 15 years, cashing $20 million/year paychecks, got a piece of the streaming pie for the rest of her life, and has zero desire to challenge herself because she's so fucking rich she doesn't care about doing some indie movie to prove her acting chops or some nonsense like that. GOAT.
I've never seen Grey's Anatomy. I'm not saying that to sound cool or anything, just never seen it. But I know it's one of the most popular shows in television history. This shit has been on for 50% of my life. And the lead actress has been on the show the entire time while the rest of the cast has come and gone. It's beautiful. It's sort of like how Sajak and Trebek work around 46 days a year. In, out, wam bam thank you mam, direct deposit hits every 2 weeks, no need to do anything else.
Is she leaving money on the table from not taking film roles? Probably so, yes. But she weighed it out in her mind- she gets to live where she wants, be with her family nearly all the time, has a humongous bank account, and has basically zero stress. I could not tip my cap more to Ellen Pompeo. Hope she does this role and nothing else for another 15 years.