Ellen Pompeo talks about ageism in Hollywood — and how she strategized her career, knowing it’s out there — in an inerview with People. The actress has starred on the ABC drama “Grey’s Anatomy” throughout its run, with the show set to roll out its 13th season this fall.
Pompeo, 46, says she had a “super late start” in her career, landing her first roles when she was in her mid-20s. Because of her age, she felt it would be risky to leave the medical drama.
“My decision to stay on ‘Grey’s’ was based solely on age,” she told People. “At 33, I was wise enough to know my clock was already ticking in Hollywood.”
Pompeo added that if she had been younger when she began on the show, “I probably would have done my time, then gone out to search for other things.” But when it came time to renew her contract, she said, she “was definitely aware of how challenging it would be to find other roles in my late 30s and early 40s.”