04 WHY DID ELLEN STAY ON GREY’S ANATOMY?

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Ac­tor Ellen Pom­peo (right) says that age played an im­por­tant role be­hind her de­ci­sion to stay on Shonda Rimes’ hit med­i­cal drama — Grey’s Anatomy, which com­pleted its 12th sea­son run.

The 46-year-old feels she started late as an ac­tor and re­alised she did not have much chance in Hol­ly­wood so she de­cided to stay on the med­i­cal drama. “My de­ci­sion to stay on Grey’s was based solely on age. I was wise enough to know my clock was tick­ing in Hol­ly­wood,” Pom­peo said.

The ac­tor be­lieves if she’d been younger, “I prob­a­bly would have done my time, then gone out to search for other things.” But as her con­tract rene­go­ti­a­tions loomed she “was def­i­nitely aware of how chal­leng­ing it would be to find other roles in my late 30s and early 40s.” Pom­peo, how­ever, does not re­gret her de­ci­sion to con­tinue on the show. She says, “I thought, ‘Why would I leave some­thing that is su­per suc­cess­ful and pays me great to search the land­scape?’ I de­cided that I would stay on Grey’s and be grate­ful and try to ride it out for as long as I could. And I am very happy that I made the de­ci­sion to stay. It’s only got­ten bet­ter with time.”

But it is dif­fi­cult to see one­self age on the small screen. “Watch­ing my­self age on TV is mis­er­able. To be hon­est, it’s the tough­est part of my job,” she adds.

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