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Ellen Pompeo Tells All: Dempsey, Money, and More…

Ellen Pompeo has won us all over portraying Dr. Meredith Grey on the hit series, Grey’s Anatomy. If you never heard of the show, we don’t believe you. If you’ve never watched the show, why?! Over the years the cast has changed and evolved, actors and actresses have left while others have joined. This is par for the course, we know. However, Ellen Pompeo broke it down in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter and opened up about some things we didn’t know as well.


We’ve all been told it’s not polite to talk about money but I guess that goes out the window when anyone can Google your networth? Pompeo will be making more than $20 million a year, which will cover about 3 seasons. This means she will be making around $575k an episode. Not a bad deal.

The Details

So how did she get this deal? Pompeo sat down with Shona Rhimes and spoke candidly about her feelings. She said, “But if you want it to continue, I need to be incentivized. I need to feel empowered and to feel ownership of this show,” to which Rhimes replied, “I absolutely want to keep the show going. It’s the mothership, so let’s find a way to make you happy. What do you want?”

Pompeo went out to explain that she doesn’t love being an actress anymore and wants to focus on her producing goals as well. Her deal with Grey’s bars her from acting in other shows and movies and she feels acting outside of Grey’s has become unrealistic. She even added, “…but I’m not going to have this whole second life as a movie star. I’m not f*ckin’ Julia Roberts.”

Therefore, she asked for a ton of a money, and she got it. But was it helpful for her that Patrick Dempsey had already left the show?

Dempsey vs Pompeo

Ellen spoke in the interview that Patrick Dempsey leaving the show became a defining moment for her “deal-wise.” She explained they would use him against her as leverage, saying things like “We don’t need you; we have Patrick.”

One of TruGlam’s favorite parts of the interview is when Pompeo shared the story that one time, she asked for $5,000 more than Dempsey an episode just based on principle. She said, “The show is ‘Grey’s Anatomy and I’m Meredith Grey.” Long story short, they didn’t give her the extra $5k but at least she tried.

We love you Ellen Pompeo, and we love Meredith Grey. Do your damn thing, sister.