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Everywhere I go, the admiration, and the touching stories that I hear, and the people come up with tears in their eyes and want to hug me, it’s as much as it was in the beginning of the show.” Pompeo beams with excitement, explaining that just this week, she received two emails from female viewers who watched last week’s episode of “Grey’s,” which highlighted the issue of inflammatory breast cancer.
She says the women wrote her to share that they had been dismissed by doctors, after finding a rash on their breast, and turns out, both went back to their doctors and did indeed have inflammatory breast cancer.
Instead, ABC “could always use him as leverage against me,” Pompeo said. First, it looks like a ratings spike, and I had a nice chuckle about that,” she said. I couldn’t believe how fast the studio and the network felt like they had to get a penis in there.” As Pompeo noted with some satisfaction, the “new guy,” a character played by Martin Henderson, didn’t end up working out; Henderson quietly left creator and show-runner Shonda Rhimes, who she said “empowered” Pompeo as Rhimes’s own sway within the industry grew.
Then again, she noted, “the ink wasn’t even dry on his exit papers before they rushed in a new guy . Now, at 48, Pompeo said she’s “finally gotten to the place where I’m O. asking for what I deserve, which is something that only comes with age.
“I was like, ‘I’m not going to be stuck on a medical show for five years,’“ she recalled telling her agent. ’“ But pragmatism ultimately won out, and prompted the actress to stick to notes, Pompeo’s new deal—signed late last year—has made her dramatic television’s highest-earning actress, with not only a 5,000-per-episode salary, but also “a seven-figure signing bonus and two full backend equity points on the series, estimated to bring in another million to million,” as well as a producing fee and backend on ABC’s upcoming put pilot commitments for her production company. There were many times where I reached out about joining together to negotiate, but he was never interested in that. You feel conflicted but then you figure, ‘I’m not going to let a guy drive me out of my own house.’“So ultimately, Pompeo stuck around—and had the thrill of seeing her stock rise even higher when Dempsey made his exit.
(Pompeo has a legal drama in contention with her home network, and she recently sold an anthology series to Amazon.)To Pompeo, a big “defining moment” on her journey toward that mega-deal was her long-serving co-star Patrick Dempsey’s departure from to ensure that every series regular was paid equally. At one point, I asked for ,000 more than him just on principle, because the show is and I’m Meredith Grey. “So, what does it look like when he leaves the show?
“I’m really open to whatever the universe presents,” Pompeo says. I know the network and the studio like to say they see no end in sight, but I think the audience will tell us when the show is no-longer a fan favorite.
I think it’s quite arrogant to assume the show can go on forever — I don’t like that approach.
But the truth is, anybody can be good on a show Season 1 and 2. Now, that’s a f--kin’ skill.”—which is well worth reading in full—is certainly the most entertaining.The actress offers colorfully candid insights about her road toward becoming, as of late 2017, the highest-paid actress in a primetime drama. Pompeo is “more interested in business” than she is in acting—and her clear-eyed, unsentimental approach has served her well.Pompeo’s original goal was to be a film actress, she said—so when she first got the script for her reaction was less than ecstatic. I’m sure I felt what a lot of these other actresses feel: why should I walk away from a great part because of a guy?Now, there’s nothing wrong with a Prius, but my point is, she had no financial power.“Grey’s Anatomy” has seen many faces come and go, but could the series ever exist without Meredith Grey?