Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo said some amazing things in her very recent interview. She said she would like Etched onto my Tombstone. Read the full interview below:
1. She know how good she is:
I’m 48 now, so I’ve finally gotten to the place where I’m OK asking for what I deserve, which is something that comes only with age. Because I’m not the most ‘relevant’ actress out there. I know that’s the industry perception because I’ve been this character for 14 years. But the truth is, anybody can be good on a show season one and two. Can you be good 14 years later? Now, that’s a fuckin’ skill.”
2. On talking about Priuses and power:
These poor girls have no real money, and the studio is making a fortune and parading them like ponies on a red carpet. I mean, Faye Dunaway is driving a fuckin’ Prius today. Now, there’s nothing wrong with a Prius, but my point is, she had no financial power.
3. Teaming up with Patrick Dempsey
There were many times where I reached out about joining together to negotiate, but he was never interested in that. At one point, I asked for $5,000 more than him just on principle, because the show is Grey’s Anatomy and I’m Meredith Grey. They wouldn’t give it to me. And I could have walked away, so why didn’t I? It’s my show.
4. She know where do she stand
I’m the number one. I’m sure I felt what a lot of these other actresses feel: Why should I walk away from a great part because of a guy? You feel conflicted but then you figure, “I’m not going to let a guy drive me out of my own house.”
5. When she got script for Grey’s Anatomy:
“I was like, ‘I’m not going to be stuck on a medical show for five years, she remembers telling him. ” ‘Are you out of your fuckin’ mind? I’m an actress.'”
6. On the truth about post- Patrick Dempsey life:
“So, what does it look like when he leaves the show? First, it looks like a ratings spike, and I had a nice chuckle about that.”
7. And on drinkin’ rosè after Derek was killed off:
I was on vacation in Sicily, decompressing — it was a long working relationship and it was a tumultuous end and I needed a moment to just chill with some rosé
8. But not really being able to relax, cause:
and they’re calling me, going, “What do you think of this guy?” “What do you think of this guy?” And they’re sending pictures. I was like, “Are you people fucking nuts? Why do you feel that you have to replace this person?”
9. On her thoughts about “replacing” Derek:
I couldn’t believe how fast the studio and the network felt like they had to get a penis in there.
10. On knowing her worth:
CAA compiled a list of stats for me, and Grey’s has generated nearly $3 billion for Disney. When your face and your voice have been part of something that’s generated $3 billion for one of the biggest corporations in the world, you start to feel like, “OK, maybe I do deserve a piece of this.
11. For real:
I make 24 episodes of TV a year, and as part of this deal, I cannot appear anywhere else. And directing is cool but, to be honest, it just takes me away from my kids.” Then I said, “So, it’s got to be a ton of money.
12. On wanting more:
Acting, to me, is boring. An actor is the least powerful person on set, so I don’t care about chasing roles.
13. On telling it like it is:
Plus, at my age, it’s pretty unrealistic. Not that I can’t do a cool cable thing, but I’m not going to have this whole second life as a movie star. I’m not fuckin’ Julia Roberts.
14. On when she met with Harvey Weinstein:
He didn’t try anything on me. Had he, I’m a little rough around the edges and I grew up around some very tough people, so I probably would have picked up a vase and cracked him over the fucking head.
15. On ~actors~:
That’s actors: They want to do whatever they’re not doing. You could give them a fucking beautiful chocolate ice cream cone with sprinkles and they’re gonna say they want strawberry.
16. On gettin’ paid (and talking about Jay Z):
I don’t know if you listened to Jay Z’s latest album, but in one song he talks about how all the white guys own the record labels and they say to these artists, “Oh, here’s a $3 million advance,” while they’re making billions. The artists are chasing Grammys and Lamborghinis, so they think, “Oh yeah, I’m rich.” Meanwhile, Sony just made fucking $500 million, and they gave you $3 million and you think you’re doing amazing.
17. About journey, starting from bottom to where she is now:
Look, I only have a 12th-grade education and I wasn’t a great student, but I’ve gotten an education here at Shondaland. And now my 8-year-old daughter gets to come here and see fierce females in charge.