10 Things You Didn’t Know About Grey’s Anatomy’s Ellen Pompeo

  

There would be no Grey’s Anatomy without Meredith Grey and there wouldn’t be a Meredith Grey without Ellen Pompeo. For all of the show’s amazing seasons, Ellen Pompeo has led the series that has taken over TV and created a massive fan following, yet regardless of her status in the industry, outside of the show she is rarely heard from. Pompeo is not the kind of actress whose life is plastered through the headlines and tabloids, and that suits her just fine. She may be extremely private but we were able to dig up 10 interesting facts, not widely known about the talented actress. Check it out:

10. Childhood

Ellen Kathleen Pompeo was born to parents Kathleen B. and Joseph E. Pompeo in Everett Massachusetts. Pompeo’s father was a surgeon and was was the youngest of six; she has three sisters and two brothers who are all at least eight years older than her. Sadly, her mother passed away from a painkiller overdose when Ellen was only five, and her father went on to remarry.

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Photo by William Davies/ABACAUSA.COM

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9. Feelings on Acting

Pompeo’s first major role is the one she still holds on Grey’s Anatomy and in September 2014, she already announced that whenever Grey’s run on TV ends, she will not continue acting. In fact, Pompeo doesn’t think very highly of acting as a living, stating, “I definitely feel myself transitioning. I don’t find acting terribly empowering.” She also added, “I don’t find acting to be a particularly noble way to make a living. I’m not saving anybody’s life, I’m not a teacher, I’m not working for UNICEF. I don’t think I’m some big deal.”

 Ron Tom / © ABC / Courtesy: Everett Collection

Ron Tom / © ABC / Courtesy: Everett Collection

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