Ellen Pompeo, best known for her leading role on the long-running drama Grey’s Anatomy, surprised reporters Wednesday when she talked about potentially quitting acting after the medical show goes off the air.
“I definitely don’t have a strong desire to act after Grey’s. I definitely feel myself transitioning,” the 44-year-old admitted . “I don’t find acting terribly empowering.”
The mom-of-one appeared at a BuzzFeed Brews event alongside fellow actresses Kerry Washington and Viola Davis to chat about their futures in showbiz.
“I just feel like I’d like to see if I can do something different and be successful at something different,” said Ellen, who’s played Dr. Meredith Grey on the series for 10 seasons. “I feel like I’m very successful at acting.”
The Golden Globe nominee will already be trying something new as an executive producer on an ABC Family series based on the 2013 novel, Debt.
But don’t worry about the blonde beauty leaving the soap anytime soon! She just renewed her contract for two more seasons, the first of which premieres Sept. 25 on ABC.
Ellen is not the first celebrity to talk about leaving Hollywood at the peak of their career. Grace Kelly was an Oscar winner by age 26, but left a year later to marry Prince Rainier of Monaco. And Shirley Temple quit the business at 21 despite being the biggest child star of all time.