Ellen Pompeo Shares Thoughts on Motherhood

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Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo is ready for her life to expand beyond her career.

Just the same, her career is important, and many were surprised to find the actress suited up in scrubs just four weeks after delivering her daughter Stella Luna.

“A lot of people couldn’t understand why I wouldn’t take my maternity leave,” the star told Self. “I felt like I really needed to work while I had this opportunity. The writers and producers were incredibly gracious and wrote my scenes so I could preshoot them.”

Pompeo insists Stella will forever come first, despite initial nerves: “I got pregnant and was like, Oh God, it worked! Oh, no! ... Will I know how to do everything right? Nobody does everything right, but as long as your baby is the priority, that’s the best you can do.”

Ellen Pompeo in Self
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Ellen Pompeo went back to work quickly, but her priorities are in line.

Ellen Pompeo is doing just that, savoring each moment ... dance parties included.

“I sing [Beyoncé's] ‘Single Ladies’ to her: ‘Put your hands up!’ Even though it’s probably an involuntary movement on her part, I think she’s really doing it.”

Is that cute or what? She also hopes to instill in Stella a strong sense of, well, Self.

“I don’t believe in putting on airs. I call it like I see it. I am who I am, a Southie,” the Boston native laughs. “I hope Stella has more self-confidence than I did as a child."

"Because when you believe in yourself … you don’t look for validation from others.”

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


Ellen is still so skinny, even if she's just given birth to Stella few months ago. I read here (http://www.diets24h.com) about her magnificent diet and I'm determined to try it out asap!


Well this is a lady with a good work / life balance. I think Jessica Capshaw looks pregnan . It'll be interesting to see if her workload lightens in the next season!


Great advice! And i thought that "Put your hand's up" was SO cute! Stella is cute too!


she looks so pretty offset of greys and in magazines.
for some reason when she's onset she looks SO old. :(


I read and i think that she adorable and beautiful .I think that she speaks with the heard,she is my favourite actress in GA.


She's adorable and very down-to-earth, Stella is lucky to have her! :)


She looks so happy and beautiful=]. I love her hair like this.. long really suits her!


She looks great and happy and knows what she wants, I like people like that. Its awesome.


Loved this article. EP looks great!


Great advice for people.


Grey's Anatomy Quotes

I want to marry you. I want to have kids with you. I want to build us a house. I want to settle down and grow old with you. I want to die when I'm 110 years old, in your arms. I don't want 48 uninterrupted hours. I want a lifetime. Mmm. Do you see what happens? I say things like that and you fight the urge to run in the opposite direction. It's okay, I understand. I didn't, but now I do, I do. You're just getting started and I've been doing this for a long time now. Deep down, you're still an intern, and you're not ready.


When we say things like "people don't change" it drives scientist crazy because change is literally the only constant in all of science. Energy. Matter. It's always changing, morphing, merging, growing, dying. It's the way people try not to change that's unnatural. The way we cling to what things were instead of letting things be what they are. The way we cling to old memories instead of forming new ones. The way we insist on believing despite every scientific indication that anything in this lifetime is permanent. Change is constant. How we experience change that's up to us. It can feel like death or it can feel like a second chance at life. If we open our fingers, loosen our grips, go with it, it can feel like pure adrenaline. Like at any moment we can have another chance at life. Like at any moment, we can be born all over again.