Ellen Pompeo: The Playboy Interview

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Ellen Pompeo is growing tired of questions about her weight.

In the January issue of Playboy, the star of Grey's Anatomy says she's "paying a trainer $1,000 a week to torture me with weights so I can get bigger."

Then she adds (facetiously, one presumes): "Oh, excuse me, I have to go throw up now."

"If I could gain 5-10 pounds, it would probably go straight to my boobs and [butt]," Ellen Pompeo told the magazine.

"I would be the happiest girl in Hollywood, trust me. I'd have this sick bod because I'd be the skinny girl with big [breasts] and a cut butt."

Pompeo answered other questions in the magazine's January "20Q" (20 questions) feature, some saucy, some semi-serious. Angelina Jolie is the female celeb she'd most like to make out with, she says.

"She's gorgeous," Pompeo said. "Or Sandra Oh. [laughs] I'd be too afraid of Isaiah Washington's Dr. Burke, though. I don't want to be on his bad side."

Funny stuff. Here are a few other quotes from the interview with Ellen Pompeo, which hits the newsstands Friday:

"I wouldn't say I was a good drink maker, but I was a very good hustler. I'd abuse the customers, yell and scream at them and make them wait. If they put money down on the bar and it wasn't enough, I'd go wait on someone else who was giving me enough money. If they put another five down and I made them wait longer, pretty soon there would be $20 on the bar. Then I'd come over and give them a drink."

ON USING BRAINS ON GREY'S ANATOMY: "It's gross. We use real brains â€" I think they're lamb or cow or something. Intestines smell. Brains don't really smell, but what's amazing about the brain is that it's almost like scrambled eggs or soft tofu, almost like a gel. The brain controls so much of what we do, but you could put your finger right through it."

ON WHAT LURED HER TO THE SHOW: "I'm seriously considering working during our next hiatus, but I don't need to work for the money. If there's something with an unbelievable cast and director, I'm going to jump at it. But I did this TV show so I wouldn't have to do [bad] parts in [bad] movies, so I'm not going to start now. I'm not that desperate."

All very interesting. She seems very down-to-earth for a Hollywood celebrity. Below are some additional excerpts from Pompeo's interview:

PLAYBOY: Lots of us know you for roles in Catch Me If You Can and Old School, but playing a surgical intern on Grey's Anatomy has brought your biggest fame. When did you first notice guys wanting to play doctor with you?

ELLEN POMPEO: I didn't have any confidence as a young girl, because all the other girls had [breasts] and hips. I was always thin, always called the stick or the pencil. I didn't have a boyfriend until I was 16, and he was eight years older. My father was furious about this 24-year-old, and I had to hide the relationship.

PLAYBOY: You must also have learned the art of survival very young, since your mother died when you were four.

ELLEN POMPEO: I don't want to talk about that. But because of what happened to me as a child, we had different babysitters. Every day; all these characters in my life would babysit me. I have so many different influences. My mother came from an Irish family of 11 kids and, of course, had a sister who was a nun, so I spent time at a convent and with an aunt and uncle who lived in New York and took me to the theater. It was the 1970s, and all my brothers and sisters were hippies.

They were smoking pot and watching The Three Stooges. When I was small it seemed chaotic, but now, as an older woman looking back, I think, My God, it's so much to draw on.

PLAYBOY: Does the [media] scrutiny ever get under your skin?

ELLEN POMPEO: The trap is when you start to pay attention to that stuff and care, because in six months they're going to be looking at someone else. You know how fickle everyone is. They love it, then they hate it, then they love it. So I'm going to enjoy it because it could be over at any minute.

PLAYBOY: You have the distinction of being one of the most famous victims on Punk'd. A sexy waitress at an L.A. restaurant came on to your boyfriend so strongly that you jokingly threatened to gouge her with a fork. Then you found out your boyfriend tipped her $200 on your credit card. When did you catch on?

ELLEN POMPEO: It smelled funny from the beginning. My boyfriend (now her fiance, Chris Ivery) is definitely a lady-killer, but 10 minutes in, the waitress was calling him baby and honey. She also had makeup like a Vegas showgirl's. I caught on halfway through, but they edited that out.

I said to Chris, "Are you punking me right now?" and he said, "Ellen, you're not that famous. Sorry, darling." If Chris hadn't been so good, I would definitely have known, but he played it right to the last minute. What's so funny is that people have said terrible things about me because of that show. I don't read a lot of Internet stuff, because it's not healthy, but from what I hear, a lot of women have called me names, saying, "Oh, she was such a [mean person]."

Like what they're saying about me is any better than what I did to that waitress? And they don't watch Grey's Anatomy because I was such a terrible [mean person] to that waitress? That's so hypocritical.

Ellen Pompeo: Funny and Down to Earth

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


ellen pompeo you are the best..i watch grey's just because of you..you rock..i wish i kud be like you...you go guRl...all the best...lov you loads..you and derek look so good together..........i love you guys..i love you..te amo..


i love ellen pompeo she is my favorite actress
i love greys anatomy b/c of her i started to watch and i cannot stop when i thought her character was dead i cried watching her on tv is the only good thing for me in a long time i hope she never sytops acting wold love to meet her somday


I love this show, and I love EP!!!!! I have never in my life been addicted to any show, and this is one that I CAN NOT MISS! I swear though, I was in tears last week, and anticipate being pretty worked up tonight as well, whatever the outcome. Love Ellen P, she is amazing, beautiful and seems so genuine! Hope people lay off the weight thing, some people, myself being one of them are very thin and can't help it no matter how hard they try. I laughed when I read about her going to the trainer to put on weight cause I do the same thing! Props girl, you rock!


i love grey's anatomy. in the last episode i almost died from a heart attack. this show is so exciting it makes my heart pound. i love the scenes with MerDer it is so romantic. I thought they were married to each other in real life. I was upset when i found out they both had seperate lives. I also thought patrick was younger. He is the same age as my dad!oh well, im happy for both of them.


I agree about the whole restaurant, fiance, pukd thing. If some waitress was hitting on my boyfriend, I would threaten all kinds of crap under my breath (and it wouldn't make me mean.. but NORMAL)... and so would EVERYONE ELSE who called her mean. I like how the average population expects famous people to act completely perfect, poised and inhuman all of the time. They are real people too. I think that Ellen Pompeo (I have to say her whole name.. I hate how people are like "Ellen.." as if they are long lost high school best friends) is an amazing woman and actress... very bold and inspiring. I really wish people would lay off the whole weight thing as well. It quirks me to read about it in magazines and stuff because I can pretty much eat anything I want and not gain anything. I hate catching flack from my own friends about it... I can't imagine hearing it from the whole U.S. media.


I love how she doesn't censor herself to be likeable. It makes her WAY more real and relatable than a lot of actresses.


hey i forgot to say how beautiful u are and how u make pple happy when ur happy sad when ur sad and angry when ur angry and that u should always sleep soundly cuz u are doing TONSSSSSSSS of good to the people who are watching u and u make them smile when u smile and continue to watch grey and i hope that u will one day be as famous as katherine hepburn,julie andrews,meryl streep,audrey hepburn,nicole kidman and all those extremely recognized and admired actresses cuz u deserve to cuz ur a model to all the other actresses and human beings soooooooooo THANKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUuuuuuu for being wat u are and staying true to yourself


hey ELLEN POMPEO Is great women and actress she is wonderful and has her feet on the ground she may have experienced many terrible thing(mom) but that is wat made her wat she is now which is someone who is wonderful to watch and read about gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Ellen Pompeo ur not sick and anybody who says that is just jealous ur so beautiful :P and u deserved the golden globe wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy more than kyra(im sorry but its true) GOOOOOOOOO ellen pompeo im sure ull have tons of other awards to coonpensate


i love her so much..i love her green eyes..i was shocked she was in playboy..ahehe..anyway i continued watching grey's anatomy because of her and her wonderful acting...even though i dont know much about her..im a really big fan of her's..im very happy that grey's anatomy won in golden globe and screen actor's guild awards in best drama series..i was really overwhelmed!!but i want ellen to have a solo award like best actress in a drama series..^_^


Its one of the very good shows to watch. Im enjoying every minute of it. Very good actors and actresses in the show. Keep up the good work.


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.