Ellen Pompeo Excited For New Beginnings

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Always Our FavoriteAfter a turbulent year on screen and behind the scenes, Ellen Pompeo is ready to give the mood on the set of Grey's Anatomy a clean bill of health.

Although, she admits, things have certainly changed with the departure of cast members Kate Walsh and Isaiah Washington.

"It does feel different," Pompeo said at the pre-Emmy party for Los Angeles Confidential magazine, which she's hosting.

"I love change. I think when one door opens or closes, another one opens. The seasons change and everything changes and I think change is good."

"It's good to turn over the dirt," she continued. "It feels nice and there's new beginnings for everybody and it feels great."

Kate Walsh now has her own spin-off, Private Practice, and Washington will appear on the new NBC show, Bionic Woman, during the same Wednesday, 9 p.m. time slot. Isaiah is also in talks to star in his own series for the network beginning next fall.

"They're missed, of course," Ellen Pompeo said. "But I'm also very happy and very hopeful for their new beginnings. You know, they're both taking on whole new chapters in their careers, which I think is really exciting for them. So, to sort of think about how it affects us is rather selfish. We just have to hope that their new endeavors are as successful, and I just wish them the best."

Ellen Pompeo's feelings were seconded by her friend and Grey's Emmy-nominated co-star, T.R. Knight.

"It's been going really well," he said Sunday at a party celebrating the Emmy nominated TV producers, including Grey's creator Shonda Rhimes.

Though T.R. Knight said he's excited to be working new cast member Chyler Leigh, he is missing his pal Kate Walsh.

"I just went to her wedding this weekend, and so luckily, we'll still see her, but what she brought to the show and on the set with her sense of humor, we will miss her a lot," T.R. Knight said.

Ellen Pompeo was joined at the L.A. Confidential party by her fiancé, music producer Chris Ivery. The actress said she and Ivery aren't in the midst of any wedding plans, and don't expect to have a traditional ceremony.

"To me a wedding is a piece of paper," she said.

"I don't think it's going to change how we feel about each other. Every day is like a wedding when I wake up next to him. We just have something so special. I don't need a big dress or 400 there to declare my love. I think we declare it every day to each other. So that's just our way. Different for different people."

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


She's one fine lady.


I agree! She is not judgmental by any means, and still is level headed as always. I love her attitude and it is quite a difference compared to some other people in Hollywood.


i love her attitude and her way of speaking---she's so non-judgmental and unpretentious. it truly is a breath of fresh air in that business.


I love her on that photo! Shes soooo beautiful. And i can´t wait to 4.season

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)

Lexie: [narrating] Grief may be a thing we all have in common, but it looks different on everyone.
Mark: It isn't just death we have to grieve. It's life. It's loss. It's change.
Alex: And when we wonder why it has to suck so much sometimes, has to hurt so bad. The thing we gotta try to remember is that it can turn on a dime.
Izzie: That's how you stay alive. When it hurts so much you can't breathe, that's how you survive.
Derek: By remembering that one day, somehow, impossibly, you won't feel this way. It won't hurt this much.
Bailey: Grief comes in its own time for everyone, in its own way.
Owen: So the best we can do, the best anyone can do, is try for honesty.
Meredith: The really crappy thing, the very worst part of grief is that you can't control it.
Arizona: The best we can do is try to let ourselves feel it when it comes.
Callie: And let it go when we can.
Meredith: The very worst part is that the minute you think you're past it, it starts all over again.
Cristina: And always, every time, it takes your breath away.
Meredith: There are five stages of grief. They look different on all of us, but there are always five.
Alex: Denial.
Derek: Anger.
Bailey: Bargaining.
Lexie: Depression.
Richard: Acceptance.