Ellen Pompeo admits she’s been stuck with Grey’s Anatomy for so long for financial security

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Ellen Pompeo has opened up about her decision to retain her role in the long-running hospital drama Grey’s Anatomy.

Pompeo played Meredith Gray for 15 years on the ABC series and the actress admits that the financial security the series brought her was a major factor in keeping her on the show.

The 50-year-old star explained on the Jemele Hill Is Unbothered podcast this week, “You know, I made choices to stay on the show,

Ellen Pompeo says she got stuck in long-running Grey’s Anatomy Hospital drama for financial security

“For me, personally, a healthy family life was more important than a career. I didn’t grow up with a particularly happy childhood. So the idea that I have this great husband and these three beautiful children [and] a happy family life was really something I needed to finish, to close the hole in my heart.

Pompeo is married to Chris Ivery and the couple have three children, daughter Stella, 10, daughter Sienna, five, and son Eli, three.

It was revealed in 2018 that Pompeo had negotiated a salary of $ 20 million per year, making her one of the highest paid actresses on television.

She also earns an undisclosed sum for the production of Grey’s spin-off, Station 19.

Pompeo continued, “And so I made the decision to make some money and not run after creative actor roles, I never like to run after anything, and play for myself, d ‘after my experience, has been a lot of pursuit.

`` I made the decision to make money and not run after creative acting roles, I never like to run after anything, and play for myself, in my experience, has been a lot of pursuit. Ellen, 50, told Jemele Hill this week.

“I made the decision to make money and not run after creative acting roles, I never like to run after anything, and playing for me, in my experience, has been a lot of pursuit. Ellen, 50, told Jemele Hill this week.

“You have to hunt roles, you have to beg for roles, you have to convince people… and although I produce and it’s the same kind of thing, I think I still do it from one place, I don’t am never so thirsty because I am financially determined.

She admitted that if she had started her career earlier, she would have been tempted to explore other roles.

“I arrived late in the game. I didn’t start Grey’s when I was 33, then I started having kids at 40, ”she said. “If I started the show when I was younger, [like] 25, I probably would have dived when I was 31, 32, [when] my six-year contract had expired, but my age had a lot to do with it.

“I knew going up to 40, it’s like, I don’t want to be out there chasing things, begging,” she continued. “I prefer to see it as a blessing.

The Massachusetts-born star says she’s embraced the gig long-term and unlike other actors, she doesn’t feel the need to step out of the role she is known for.

“For me, personally, a healthy family life was more important than a career. I didn't grow up with a particularly happy childhood. Ellen revealed. She is pictured with her husband Chris Ivery

“For me, personally, a healthy family life was more important than a career. I didn’t grow up with a particularly happy childhood. Ellen revealed. She is pictured with her husband Chris Ivery

Family is their priority: the couple have three children, daughter Stella, 10, daughter Sienna, five, and son Eli, three (pictured here in 2018)

Family is their priority: the couple have three children, daughter Stella, 10, daughter Sienna, five, and son Eli, three (pictured here in 2018)

Comfortable: Massachusetts-born star says she's embraced the gig long-term and unlike other actors, she doesn't feel the need to step out of the role she's known for

Comfortable: Massachusetts-born star says she’s embraced the gig long-term and unlike other actors, she doesn’t feel the need to step out of the role she’s known for

“At my age and where my life is, I’m just trying to lean into it,” she said. “I’m not trying to run away from anything. This is who I am. I made my choices and I’m cool with it.

“And I actually have a real passion, which is to start talking and breaking down systemic racism in the healthcare industry. This is something that has always tormented us. And I think the show gave me a real window into that.

Pompeo recently revealed that she is considering the possibility of staring in a coronavirus-themed episode of Grey’s Anatomy.

When asked if there might be a coronavirus episode on the show, she told Variety, “I don’t know. I thought about it.’

“At my age and where my life is, I'm just trying to lean into it,” she said. “I'm not trying to run away from anything. This is who I am. I made my choices and I'm cool with it. Ellen explained

“At my age and where my life is, I’m just trying to lean into it,” she said. “I’m not trying to run away from anything. This is who I am. I made my choices and I’m cool with it. Ellen explained

The actress also praised the medical professionals who are currently battling the pandemic.

She said: “Our medical professionals, the fact that they are fighting this fight unprepared without the proper equipment is really heartbreaking for me.

“When people are having a hard time, if you are having a hard time, I think it’s always helpful to think of someone else and think of what you could do for someone else.

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