See all the times Ellen Pompeo has been on the cover of EW
There's a reason Ellen Pompeo has graced the cover of EW so many times: She headlines one of the most addictive series on TV. Here are the six times we happily put our beloved Meredith Grey front and center.
Sept. 23, 2005
Back when ABC developed Grey's Anatomy, the network made sure to give Pompeo a chance to read for Meredith after giving her pilot for Secret Service a big thumbs-down. "The network didn't go for it," Pompeo said at the time, feigning incredulity. "Me, as the head of the Secret Service!" It turns out Grey's creator Shonda Rhimes wanted Pompeo all along. “I kept saying, ‘We need a girl like the girl from Moonlight Mile,’ and finally somebody said, ‘I think that girl is Ellen Pompeo. We have a deal with her at ABC!’”
Best of 2006
In the Dec. 29, 2006, issue, Pompeo talked with EW about the moment when George O'Malley (T.R. Knight) consummated his crush with her very mixed-up character. "That was shocking — even for me, personally," she told EW. "I've been kissing Patrick [Dempsey] since I met him, but I was like, No, that's my T! I can't make out with him!"
May 9, 2008
During the 100-day writers' strike, Rhimes screened all three and a half seasons of Grey's and realized it was high time to announce a reconciliation between Meredith and Derek. In her interview with EW, Pompeo said she was happy that her boss acknowledged the vitriolic reactions from fans. "If there are no fans, there is no advertising money. And if there is no advertising money, there is no show," she said. "The fans are the show."
Sept. 11, 2015
"Under the Shondaland umbrella, people get a lot more raw than they really want to get. I've seen actors' faces just drop," Pompeo said in the issue. "Like, this is painful and I don't want to go here and I don't want to do that. And you have to make a decision — if you want the scene to be good, you have to go there. It's a great exercise in leaving your ego at the door."
Sept. 11, 2015
With a tinge of sarcasm, Pompeo reflected on the moment Rhimes decided to kill off her longtime costar. "All of a sudden, Patrick leaves, and it's like, ‘Oh my God, Meredith's gonna get killed with Alzheimer's!’ The show couldn't possibly go on without the man!"
Sept. 28, 2018
"It is really interesting how as women we are really not used to, or accustomed to, being forceful and asking for what we want or what we deserve," says Pompeo of the recent contract renegotiation that made her one of TV's highest-paid actresses. "It's been a very interesting ride."
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