If you’re a fan of Grey’s Anatomy, you could probably recite the iconic show’s 16 seasons by heart. But did you know the hit drama’s biggest stars like Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers and more are the proud parents of their kids? It’s time you meet the beloved cast’s famous families.
Considering plenty of the actors were starting their families at the time they were starring on Grey’s — which premieres its 17th season on November 12 — it’s quite impressive how they were able to juggle their hectic Hollywood schedules with their lives as doting moms and dads. Ellen once opened up about the “challenging” struggle of being a mother while portraying the lead role of Meredith Grey.
“I have my days where I feel really guilty that I’ve been here every day if I have to work a lot,” she previously told Entertainment Tonight. “But the truth is, I’m in a very blessed situation — I am so lucky.”
“All working moms have their challenges and I’m incredibly lucky compared to most,” Ellen explained. “I can afford help and I’m fortunate where I can bring her. I’ve got my little challenges, but they’re insignificant compared to what real working moms go through.”
While Ellen and other cast members like Chandra Wilson, Jesse Williams and others went on to have children, Sandra Oh focused on her career. Still, the Killing Eve star — who was married to ex-husband Alexander Payne from 2003 to 2006 — once revealed she actually considered a life as a single mom.
“I went through that period, I’d say in my mid to late 30s into 40, where it was like, ‘I make a great living and I could do this on my own,'” she shared with Marie Claire. “And I didn’t.”
Fortunately, Sandra doesn’t feel like she’s missing out on much thanks to her family and all her close pals. “I have an extremely fulfilling life as an aunt, not only to my nieces and nephews, but also to a lot of my friends’ children,” she dished.
In honor of the new 17th season of Grey’s, scroll through the gallery below to meet the cast and their famous families!
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