TV Guide Sits Down With Ellen Pompeo

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TV Guide recently conducted an interview with the star of Grey's Anatomy, Ellen Pompeo. The actress behind Meredith Grey discussed her gypsy soul, her red-carpet style and how she really feels about Meredith and McDreamy.

TV Guide: You've been in movies with Jake Gyllenhaal, Leonardo DiCaprio and Luke Wilson. Why did you switch to TV?
Ellen Pompeo: When there's a very strong female character, it's hard to walk away. In all the great, interesting films, the parts for me were really small, and the only lead parts I could get were in big, giant bad movies â€" except Old School, which turned out to be really funny. This role lets me balance the art and the commerce.

Ellen Pomepo Discusses the Show

TV Guide: Are there any perks to your job?
Pompeo: Several members of my family have been admitted to the hospital since the show started, and when they feel like the treatment isn't good enough, they say, "Do you know who my niece is?" And suddenly they're in the VIP area, having pedicures in bed.

TV Guide: How much like Meredith Grey are you?
Pompeo: She wasn't much of a student, and that certainly was me. The fact that I'm convincing is a huge triumph for me because I'm not that [kind of] book person. I adore books but on my time and not in a classroom. I was very restless. I'm a gypsy at heart. As soon as I turned 18, I started traveling.

TV Guide: Where did you go?
Pompeo: I went to Europe, and then I spent three years cocktail-waitressing in Miami in the early '90s when it was fabulous. When I first got there, it looked like a scene out of Scarface: old people sitting on the porches, and all these dilapidated hotels. And then I moved to New York City in the mid-'90s.

TV Guide: And instantly found fame and fortune?
Pompeo: Actually, I bartended. My first professional job was a L'Oreal commercial. They dyed my hair fire-engine red. It was supposed to go away after six washes but, you know, bright copper hair doesn't wash out that quickly!

TV Guide: What was your first break on TV?
Pompeo: I did Law & Order twice â€" played a psychotic killer [both times]. The first time, I hired my boyfriend to kill my parents. And in the second one, my boyfriend and I drugged girls to have sex with them and kill them. They rerun them on TNT all the time.

TV Guide
: You're becoming an awards-show vet. What have you learned about red-carpet fashion?
Pompeo: This is my first time around and I've been having a blast dressing up, but I think the Valentino outfit I wore at the Golden Globes was too fashion-forward for some people. With the 1920s-style wave in my hair, it was a little more New York than L.A.

TV Guide: If you had a very special Valentine's episode, what surprises would it have?
Pompeo: A lesbian scene! [Laughs] Speaking of surprises: Did you know that one of the interns is leaving the intern program?

TV Guide: Can you say who?
Pompeo: No, but whoever it is knows already. I just know that it's not me.

TV Guide: I'm in shock. Is all this loves-me, loves-me-not with Derek driving you crazy?
Pompeo: Personally, I don't approve of Meredith wanting to be more than friends with Derek. I don't condone her kissing a married man, because I don't think that's cool.

Meredith Deep in Thought

TV Guide: What does Meredith need?
Pompeo: What she needs is to figure out why everything happened to her. I always thought she met Dr. Shepherd in the bar and got drunk and slept with him on the first night because she used to be a partier. And this was going to be her last hurrah before she really had to get serious. So why did she put her whole career on the line so soon into her internship, and it really wasn't worth it? Now she's starting to figure out it was worth it because he is fantastic.

TV Guide: As is T.R. Knight. Isn't it about time that Meredith notices how badly George is crushing on her? [In the Feb. 19 episode, he appeared to have finally made his move.]
Pompeo: I think Meredith is completely oblivious. She's consumed with her mother and Dr. McDreamy. [Laughs] There are certain things that are just going to go unnoticed.

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Kirbi R. Andrews.... I don't think GA would have lasted for 6 seasons now if the fans had disliked Ellen's work and not made her such a big star. Ellen's work has been overlooked for awards, and that is the opinion of several critics I like Ellen and enjoy GA due to her being Meredith, she is my favourite character


Kirbi Andrews -- After reading your post, a question comes in mind : are you jealous of her ??? come on .. don't get mad but really u seem a little psycho to me .. sorry ... I Love You Ellen !!!


@Kirbi R. Andrews -- this is a joke, right? I certainly hope so because if not, you sound very ignorant. You have offended me and many other people on this site.
It's one thing to have an opinion but you speak as if you know Ellen personally and I'm sure you do not.
Grey's Anatomy would not be the same without Ellen as Meredith Grey. She plays the part exactly the way the character is written and nobody could play her better. Maybe you should go back and rewatch starting from Season 1 so you can get a better understanding of why Meredith Grey is as she is.
And where do you get the idea that she doesn't love Derek? Wow, maybe you should just watch a different show.


Ellen Pompeo, is not the type to be on Grey's Anatomy.She always looks depressed and her mind is wundering off, into space.On the show, she says that she loves Derek, but really, she does'nt.She says the wrong thing on the show and that's not right for her to say.She talks ,like she's on Mars.She's not really, the right person, to be on the show.I've heard that she's a Lesbian and I do know , it's true.That's a no no on the show or even off the show.She's not a very good actress at all. She tries to hard to be good and she's not. I just don't think she should be on this show,at all. She's not pretty at all. She has this look, that no one would want to be with her.She really a very off set person and has no feeling at all on the show.She always has this, off look, on her face. I'm telling everyone on this site, that she really should'nt be on this show, not really at all. She needs to try something else with her life and not to be on a scene , like Grey's Anatomy. It just is'nt her style at all, to be an actress. She's not a natural at this at all,on Grey's Anatomy, I am.I'm just saying, that she should'nt be on the show at all. It's not my opinion, it's how I feel about her and the show.Derek, on the show deserves to have someone that does care for her and really to love him. I always wanted a part on the show, to be his girl friend.I know that I would do just great, for that part. It's not because I want to meet the guy, I know that I would do perfect, on the show, the way it should be. Ellen looks alot older than she really does. I have this feeling that she's got to be at least fifty two or fifty three years old. Sorry to say this, but I know, the kind of person , she really is. Kirbi R. Andrews
Harrisburg, Ark


Ellen really is'nt a very good actress.She tries to hard to be good and in my opinion, she really needs to get off the air, of Grey's Anatomy.I've noticed that alof of veiwers, really don't like her,at all. I found out that she is a Lesbian and that should be a no no, on the air.She says the wrong thing on  Grey's Anatomy. It really offends me. She says that she loves Derek on the show, but I can see it in her eyes, she does'nt.She's a very depressed  person and really, she's does'nt have any feeling at all, on the show. She really should consider, to get off the show and to stay off. I've even noticed, she has lied alot on the show and,off stage. She looks alot older than she really looks.I just do'nt think she she be acting, because, she's not a natural, like I am, acting.I have this feeling , I should be on that show, not replacing her, but to be on the show , caring about other people. I'm totally against her. Sorry to say this, but what I'm saying, she  should quit acting on the  show. She's not really meant to be on the show, in the first place. She should try, something else, e


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omg, that's so funny. But I agree with Ellen, though. why did meredith put her career on the line so early on? i mean sure, after we find out that mcdreamy is fabulous, then she can't resist, but why after just a one-night stand?


Grey's Anatomy Quotes

Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.