Ellen Pompeo has revealed the surprising reason why she hasn't left Grey's Anatomy after 11 years on the hit show.
“My decision to stay on Grey’s was based solely on age,” the 46-year-old actress told People in a new interview. “At 33, I was wise enough to know my clock was already ticking in Hollywood.”
Ellen as Meredith on Grey's in March 2016. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Ellen added her "super late start" in showbiz — she landed her first major roles while in her 20s — has resulted in her sticking with her starring Grey's role as Meredith Grey for 12 seasons.
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“[If I'd started earlier], I probably would have done my time, then gone out to search for other things. [But I] was definitely aware of how challenging it would be to find other roles in my late 30s and early 40s," she said.
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Ellen — who received a Golden Globe nomination in 2007 for her portrayal of Meredith — continues to appear on the show today. The mom-of-three's notable film credits include Moonlight Mile, Old School, Daredevil, and Catch Me If You Can.