Grey's Anatomy Stars' Real-Life Loves

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Passion, intrigue and sexy hook-ups may be par for the course at Seattle Grace Hospital, but the stars of Grey's Anatomy are, for the most part, a lot less conflicted and embroiled in scandal when it comes to their real-life loves. Here's a brief look at the stars' relationship status:

Chris Ivery and Ellen Pompeo
Ellen Pompeo: Recently got engaged to longtime boyfriend Chris Ivery who, like Meredith Grey's alter ego, grew up outside Boston. The music producer has been together with Ellen for several years, and popped the question to her on her 37th birthday.

Patrick Dempsey: McDreamy has been married to the woman he calls his best friend, Jillian Dempsey, for seven years. They have a young daughter, Tallulah, and are currently expecting twin boys. Jillian is well-known in Hollywood as a hair stylist and cosmetics expert.

Sandra Oh: Her divorce from Sideways director Alexander Payne was finalized last week, though the two had been separated since March 2003. Sandra says she is learning to love again, though, thanks to a new man, whose identity (for now) remains a mystery.

Katherine Heigl: After starring in a music video for singer Josh Kelley, the two hit it off - and got engaged late last year. A winter wedding may be in the works for the end of 2007.

Grey's Anatomy Stars' Real-Life Loves

Isaiah Washington: Happily married to wife Jenisa (right) since Valentine's Day, 1999. They have three children.

T.R. Knight: In one of the most-talked about entertainment stories of the year, Knight admitted he is gay. Since that day in October, his name has been linked to several other actors, but for now, his personal life remains just that - probably just what he wants after what he endured last year.

James Pickens, Jr.: Married for over 30 years, with two children, 31-year-old son Carl and 18-year-old daughter Gavyn.

Justin Chambers: Perhaps the polar opposite of his on-screen character, Alex Karev, Justin has been married to wife Keisha Chambers since 1993. She was a modeling agent he met while working as a Calvin Klein model. They have five children, all born from 1997-2001.

Eric Dane, Rebecca Gayheart
Kate Walsh: Reportedly dating someone in the industry, though she has been reluctant to reveal his identity (some have speculated it's former guest star Jeffrey Dean Morgan, but that has never been verified).

Sara Ramirez: Currently unknown to the Insider staff, though we welcome help from anyone who might be able to inform us!

Eric Dane: Married actress Rebecca Gayheart (right) on October 29, 2004 - the very same day they got engaged. As Dane put it, "We just knew."

Chandra Wilson: In a relationship with the father of her three children; daughters Serena and Joy were born in 1992 and 1994, respectively, and son Michael was born on October 31, 2005 - during that pregnancy, her character, Miranda Bailey, was also carrying a child on Grey's Anatomy.

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Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey should get together in real life, they are perfect together, they are goals, how can someone like them two not be together, I don't believe what they were was acting, I think it was more than that!!! Please get together in real life!!!!




Hi purplemerder. Thanks for the info on the IW interview. I had seen that one before, but thanks anyway. I always like to see and hear him. I agree GA-Faithful, it is amazing to have happy relationships in Hollywood when they have terrible hours, are often away for extended periods of time, and have so many temptations all around them. Anyone who can make a marriage work under those circumstances is to be commended.


I love it that everyone seems to be happy in Hollywood that's so rare. Especially with a schedual they have to keep.


burke backer - i watched an interview with him on ellen. It was on youtube. it is very rare for him to be a twin and also have usually skips a generation. I also learned that he is staring in a new movie coming out (not sure when) about the Zodiac Killer. He is the lead cop I think. I can't wait...I love true crime movies.
On TV guide channel if you go the the greys anatomy section there is an interview with IW and his wife at the dvd for season 2 opening I think. you might like it.


Thank you for a very interesting article. No, I did not know that Justin has a twin. Very interesting, purplemerder. I did know that he has twin sons though. Isn't it wonderful that Isaiah, Patrick, James, and Justin have what appears to be very happy marriages and that Katie H., Ellen, Sandra, and Chandra are involved in happy relationships?. Sandra and her boyfriend have been together at least a year while her divorce was being finalized. It seems to me that it would be important to have someone in your life to keep you grounded when everything else arounds you goes a little crazy, like when you are in a mega hit television show. .


Kate's dating Justin Kirk from "Weeds"!!


did you know that Justin has a twin brother.


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.