Small World For Ellen Pompeo, Chris Ivery

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This tidbit isn't new. In fact, it was reported by USA Today over a year ago. But it was new to the Insider, and we thought we would share it with you, because it offers some insight into Ellen Pompeo's background, along with her perspective on life.

Over a patio dinner of filet mignon and Alaskan halibut in L.A., Pompeo, the Grey's Anatomy star, chatted up producer Billy Gerber, who recently filmed the big-screen Dukes of Hazzard remake.

Chris Ivery & Ellen Pompeo
Pompeo mentioned having read Malcolm Gladwell's book Blink, about trusting our instincts, and chatted about how things seem to be interconnected.

For instance, when she first met her boyfriend of several years, music producer Chris Ivery (right) at a grocery store, she was more focused on food than romance.

But two days later, they met again, started dating, and discovered they grew up 10 miles from each other -- and that Ivery knew Pompeo's father.

Ellen hails from Everett, Massachusetts, just north of Boston.

Another coincidence? The Hollywood home she and Ivery rent (or at least rented at the time this article was first published) is just 10 doors down from her Grey's Anatomy true love, Patrick Dempsey. Ivery and Dempsey like to race scooters together down their street.

"It's a very small world," Pompeo said.

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Grey's Anatomy Quotes

[narrating] "At the end of the day, when it comes down to it, all we really want is to be close to somebody. So this thing where we all keep our distance and pretend not to care about each other, it's usually a load of bull. So we pick and choose who we want to remain close to, and once we've chosen those people, we tend to stick close by. No matter how much we hurt them. The people that are still with you at the end of the day, those are the ones worth keeping. And sure, sometimes close can be too close. But sometimes, that invasion of personal space, it can be exactly what you need."

MEREDITH

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)