Ellen Pompeo nearly turned down the position of Dr. Meredith Grey on “Grey’s Anatomy” as a result of she is a hypochondriac.
“When my agent first called and said, ‘You know, ABC would you love you to do this medical pilot,’ I said, ‘Oh, I hate medical shows,’” Pompeo informed “Good Morning America” co-anchor Michael Strahan. “’They make me anxious and I am a hypochondriac and I am unable to probably do it.'”
Pompeo, 47, modified her thoughts and took the position. Now 14 seasons later, the present a couple of fictional hospital that has seen its share of automobile wrecks, mysterious diseases and love triangles is making ready to air its 300th episode.
The stars of “Grey’s Anatomy,” together with Pompeo, sat down with Strahan in an interview that aired in the present day on “GMA” to share their ideas on hitting that landmark.
“It’s the biggest compliment to us to hear, you know, kids say, you know, ‘My mom watched and now she watches me watching,’” stated Chandra Wilson, who performs Dr. Miranda Bailey. “So they get to enjoy that together and we’re just very complimented by it.”
Wilson, 48, stated she and her co-stars additionally hear “over and over” from individuals who have been impressed to enter drugs via the present.
For Pompeo, serving as an inspirational position mannequin for younger women is her favourite a part of taking part in a physician on TV.
“I get to sort of be a superhero in scrubs and play an ordinary person. Surgeons are ordinary but they’re extraordinary, right?” Pompeo stated. “She’s very real and very flawed but very strong.”
She continued, “I think that all of our viewership, especially the young girls, really look to her for strength and that’s my proudest achievement.”
Pompeo, Wilson and their co-stars Justin Chambers, 47, and James Pickens Jr., 63, took Strahan behind the scenes of their lives as fictional docs, from scrubbing their arms pre-surgery to wanting on the operations board to see their badignments.
“Grey’s Anatomy” depends on a medical group to maintain the present lifelike. The present is so lifelike that off-camera the actors are generally mistaken for the docs they play on TV.
“I have been on a plane twice when the flight attendant has kind of earnestly looked at me when they needed a doctor,” stated Jesse Williams, 36, who performs Dr. Jackson Avery. “Looked at me and began to ask me or expect me to get up and do it.”
As the present approaches episode No. 300, Pompeo stated it was the very first episode, the pilot, that continues to be her favourite.
When requested whether or not she is going to make it to rejoice a possible episode No. 600, Pompeo replied with fun, “I’ll be in a wheelchair.”
The 300th episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” will air Thursday in ABC’s “TGIT” lineup.