Ellen Pompeo: My husband was jealous of Patrick Dempsey


Ellen Pompeo, the star of Grey’s Anatomy, which now boasts the beauty of seventeen seasons, talked about herself and her experience in Gray’s Anatomy in a recent interview with the podcast Ladies First Podcast With Laura Brown

Ellen Pompeo, who’s now 50, tells Brown that the awareness of her being, her body and self-confidence is something that comes with age.

“You spend your whole twenties criticizing yourself, comparing yourself to other women, thinking you’re not good enough. And then in your thirties, you’re sort of still doing that a little bit and figuring it out. The forties, I think you really start to feel yourself, and right when you start feeling yourself in your forties: fifties. You’re like, ‘Oh my goodness. Don’t leave me. Youth, skin, come back!’ Life is really quite cruel, actually. When you think about it, youth is wasted on the young.”

Ellen Pompeo

The actress also says that it is precisely at the age of 50 that she no longer cares about what people might say or think and she feels completely free to do whatever she wants.

“I think there’s something that just hits you when you turn 50 where you literally don’t give a fuck,” she says. “At 50, you don’t do anything you don’t want to do.”

The memory of the original cast and the competition on the set

Sure, some of that confidence probably comes from the insight and experience Pompeo gained by being on one of the most popular television dramas, Grey’s Anatomy, for the past 17 years. Sure, things on the set of Grey’s haven’t always been perfect. It took her 10-plus-years to finally get what she deserved on her work place, by becoming one of the highest paid actresses on TV – 20 million dollar per season. Moreover, she tells Brown that while she and her cast mates had something very special, there was also a lot of competition, which led to occasional fights on set.

But all in all, she reminisces about the early days on set and her old cast mates like Sandra Oh, Katherine Heigl, and of course, her McDreamy TV-husband played by Patrick Dempsey.

“During the early days we all really had something,” she said “We had a lot of fun back then.”

The chemistry with Patrick Dempsey that get her husband jealous

The fact that their chemistry was palpable is clear from the pilot episode of the medical drama. It is precisely this passion and the strong understanding that lead the audience to love the television couple, keeping them glued to the screen.

She and her former co-star Dempsey (who returned for an epic beach wedding dream sequence on the most recent season) had so much chemistry that her husband Chris Ivery used to get jealous during those kissing scenes.

“Poor guy had no idea what he was getting into,” she says. “I remember in the beginning it was really hard for him. He was like, ‘This is not what I signed up for. You go to work and make out with that. I like Patrick and everything, he’s a good dude, but like really?”

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