Actress Ellen Pompeo, who plays Grey's Anatomy's namesake Meredith Grey, has just signed on to continue for two more seasons.

She’ll now serve as executive producer on the long-running medical drama too, cementing her place as the princess of Shondaland.

Rumours suggest she’ll be earning a minimum of $550,000 per episode, making her the highest paid actress in a TV drama ever.

When her agent first presented the Grey’s script back in 2005, Pompeo was close to broke. Nursing dreams of movie stardom, she said “I’m not going to be stuck in a medical drama for five years. Are you out of your f***ing mind?”

Fourteen years later, she’s possibly the most recognisable face in primetime television, and the highest-earning.

Despite being the lead in the globally successful drama, Pompeo had to fight for the recognition she deserves. 

Patrick Dempsey’s presence on the series allegedly halted any salary discussions.  “They could always use him as leverage against me, which they did for years.”  She refers to his exit as a real turning point.

Not wanting to be perceived as “too greedy” in the beginning, she accepted what was offered. But after essentially generating over $3 billion for the US network, Pompeo initiated negotiations.

She credits her boss and mentor, Shonda Rhimes, with encouraging her to overcome her doubts and know her worth.

Now referred to as “TV’s $20M Woman,” Pompeo hopes to set an example for other women in Hollywood, and everywhere, to seize the opportunity for empowerment.

“I’m 48 now, so I’ve finally gotten to a place where I’m OK asking for what I deserve.”

Credit to her.

Grey's Anatomy returns from hiatus this Friday, stream the latest episodes right here.

Pompeo at the Season 14 premiere of Grey's Anatomy.
Pompeo and co-star Patrick Dempsey, in Season 2.
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