She famously admitted that she stuck with Grey’s Anatomy to ‘make money’ instead of pursuing a much more diverse and creative career.
And Ellen Pompeo has added even more stability to her life.
The 52-year-old actress has closed a deal to continue as Dr. Meredith Grey for season 19 of Grey’s Anatomy as the series was renewed by ABC according to a Monday report from Deadline.
She’s back! Ellen Pompeo (seen at The Emmys in September) has closed a deal to continue as Dr. Meredith Grey for season 19 of Grey’s Anatomy as the series was renewed by ABC according to a Monday report from Deadline
Moving on up: Though she has kept the title of doctor on the series, one name will change as she has been upped from co-executive producer to executive producer for the upcoming season
Though she has kept the title of doctor on the series, one name will change as she has been upped from co-executive producer to executive producer for the upcoming season.
They also report that fellow executive producer Krista Vernoff will remain as the showrunner for the highly-successful medical drama.
It is also interesting to note that ABC has also not designated the 19th season as the final one for the show or Pompeo herself as was the case for the Season 18 renewal in May 2021.
The news comes at an interesting time as last month Pompeo told Insider said she has ‘been trying to focus on convincing everybody that [the show] should end.’
Pompeo says she’s often focused on the creative possibilities for the series, whereas others focus on the commercial success.
Interesting timing: The news comes at an interesting time as last month Pompeo told Insider said she has ‘been trying to focus on convincing everybody that [the show] should end’
‘I feel like I’m the super naive one who keeps saying, “But what’s the story going to be, what story are we going to tell?”’ she said. ‘And everyone’s like, “Who cares, Ellen? It makes a gazillion dollars.”‘
The Shonda Rhimes-created show, which is currently in its 18th season, initially hit the air in 2005.
Pompeo previously echoed similar sentiments speaking with Entertainment Weekly in September of 2018, where she said she thought about a ‘change’ in her career.
‘I am really feeling like we have told the majority of the stories we can tell,’ Pompeo said. ‘It’s about time that I mix it up.’
Pompeo plays Dr. Meredith Grey on the ABC medical drama
Pompeo said that she looks to present her three children with ‘examples of other people being active in fighting for things that matter, rather than trying to tell them what to do’
The following month, she appeared on Ellen and said there was ‘no end in sight’ to the hit show and that she wanted to continue because the show was ‘touching lives and making a difference’ with its stories.
The Everett, Massachusetts native was speaking to the outlet about her company Betr Remedies, which works alongside the non-profit organization SIRUM, which focuses on redistributing prescription medications that were not used to communities in need working with charitable pharmacies.
Pompeo told Insider she ‘had no idea how much actual medication goes into landfills’ prior to her work with Betr Remedies, and saw the collaboration ‘as a pretty interesting opportunity to be a part of a startup that was addressing some real issues that we have.’
Pompeo, who shares daughters Stella, 12, and Sienna, seven, and son Eli, four, with husband Chris Ivery, 54, said that she looks to present her children with ‘examples of other people being active in fighting for things that matter, rather than trying to tell them what to do.
‘I like to point out how many good people there are really working hard to try to make significant change in whatever areas they’re passionate about.’
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