Ellen Pompeo is getting candid about her career.
In an appearance on the Ladies First with Laura Brown podcast, the 51-year-old Grey’s Anatomy star shared that she wasn’t planning on seeking out other acting jobs and instead would be focusing on another interest of hers.
Click inside to read what she said…
“I’m not saying I’ll never act again, I very well may, but I’m not super excited about continuing my acting career,” she said. “I’m more entrepreneurial at this stage. I’m excited about investing in businesses, and starting business. That’s an area of growth that I’m excited about, using my brain in a different way.”
“The acting I feel like, even though I haven’t done a million different roles, I feel like I’ve done it,” she continued. “Sitting around in trailers, traveling around, shooting this in Atlanta, shooting that in Vancouver. I have no desire to go sit in trailers at 11 o’clock at night and wait to shoot scenes and have ADs knock on my door and tell me when I can eat lunch. You know, it’s for the young at heart. It’s for the youth!”
Ellen also said that while it used to worry her that she was so well-known for one role, it’s something she’s come to accept over the years.
“When I was in my 30s, I absolutely saw myself as in a box. That’s why I stayed on the show, because I said, ‘Holy s**t. By the time I can negotiate my contract again and get out of this I’m going to be almost 40 years old. I am super typecast in this role. I am 40, so I’m never going to work again,’” she explained. “Even 15 years ago, the thought of being 40 was, like, you’re over as an actress.”
“Now that I’m 50, I don’t see myself that way at all,” she added. “I think of myself that I can do whatever I want, or I can do nothing at all, quite honestly.”
She also teased another upcoming project – a new podcast!
“[I thought], ‘Let me go out there and do something I’ve never done before and try something completely different for absolutely no other reason than to try something different because I haven’t for so long,’” she said of the podcast, which is called Tell Me. “If it fails, it fails, but at least I’m trying something new.”