Healthy Pompeo Hits Back at Tabloids

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Healthy Pompeo Hits Back at Tabloids
Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo tells People magazine that being a Hollywood It Girl is like a bad junior high school flashback.

The Everett, Mass., native says, understandably, she feels like she’s under attack by the tabloids for looking anorexic.

That just hurts, because Ellen has heard about being a lightweight all her life.

"Growing up, I was horribly self-conscious about how skinny I was. You think it’s never going to be as horrible as sixth, seventh, eighth grade when all the other girls are getting boobs. Now, all of a sudden, people are things to me again," Pompeo said.

The 36-year-old actress, who weighs in around 100 pounds on her 5-foot-7-inch frame, insists she’s taken to weight training to gain a size, but worries it’s not going to be enough to convince critics.

All these reports make me so paranoid. I’m going to become an overeater," she joked.

Pompeo’s sister, Maureen, tells People that her celebrity sibling has mastered the art of chowing down for as long as she can remember.

"Ellen loves to eat,” she insists, adding that growing up in their Italian-American household, "her first word (as a baby) was pepperoni."

Ellen has previously stated that her jackrabbit metabolism requires her to eat 3,000 calories a day. New Grey's Anatomy star Eric Dane says the same about his own metabolism. The unfortunate double standard is a woman can't simply have a thin build without rumors flying. Hopefully, people will stop obsessing over her weight.

As for reports that Dr. Meredith Grey's alter ego is an on-set diva, Ellen's fellow docs at Seattle Grace say that’s so not true. Seriously!

"She’s one of the most beautifully spirited people that I know," said Chandra Wilson, who plays Dr. Miranda Bailey -- and you know the Nazi is not one to dish out praise very often.

Pompeo's fellow surgical intern, Justin Chambers, who plays the macho Alex Karev, offered a slightly different take.

"She’s from Boston... she’s a broad," he said.

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.


Im14 and I have the exact same problem like to the t. it's scarry. But nice that I'm not alone LOL stupid metabilisom


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Is Ellen Pompeo the child actress that played the princess in the movie, The Neverending Story?


i empathise with her - i've been underweight my whole life (i blame my metabolism) and i have to do a lot of training/exercising if i want to put on any weight, no matter how much i eat, but people always make assumptions. it's almost harder than being slightly overweight because at least women who are dieting aren't anything out of the ordinary!


its ok ellen, i dont think ur anorexic. for heavens sake, leave her alone! lol


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)

Burke was- He took something from me. He took little pieces of me, little pieces over time, so small I didn't even notice, you know? He wanted me to be something I wasn't, and I made myself into what he wanted. One day I was me Cristina Yang, and then suddenly I was lying for him, and jeopardizing my career, and agreeing to be married and wearing a ring, and being a bride. Until I was standing there in a wedding dress with no eyebrows, and I wasn't Cristina Yang anymore. And even then, I would've married him. I would have. I lost myself for a long time. And now that I'm finally me again, I can't. I love you. I love you more than I loved Burke. I love you. And that scares the crap out of me because when you asked me to ignore Teddy's page, you took a piece of me, and I let you. And that will never happen again.