Ellen Pompeo Admits She Doesn’t Have ‘The Stamina’ To Keep Watching ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ With Her Daughter

The actress shares three children with husband Chris Ivery

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Ellen Pompeo struggles to make it through the 19 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy.

In a recent Variety article, the actress, 53, chatted with her Grey’s Anatomy costar Katherine Heigl about their respective experiences on the show and shared if any of their kids have watched the show.

“Everyone in their sixth grade class had [watched the show]”, Pompeo said of his daughter Stella, 12, “which I thought was kinda crazy, knowing what was in the early seasons. She was like, ‘Mom, I’m the only one who didn’t see it.'”

“So I said OK. In the summer, she started watching it. And at first I was like, ‘Oh, this is so amazing, and we’re going to watch it together.’ Then it was episode after episode after episode, and I was like, ‘I don’t have the stamina for this!'”

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“I filmed all these episodes, I can’t go back and watch them again. The interesting thing is that I hadn’t watched a lot of Grey’sbecause we were still working.”

Pompeo shares son Eli Christopher, 5, and daughters Sienna May, 7, and Stella with husband Chris Ivery.

In the 19th season of Grey’s Anatomy, Pompeo took a step back from her iconic role as Meredith Grey. After leaving, Pompeo said she was “super happy” and looking forward to spending more time with her children.

“I have three children and so I take care of them, and it’s really important for me to be there for them and to be more present for them,” she told Drew Barrymore in December 2022.

Although the star has been very tight-lipped about her family life, she has occasionally opened up about her children. Speaking to PEOPLE in 2016, Pompeo discussed the importance of role models and how keen she is to expose her daughters to “beautiful, powerful, strong black women” whether in magazines or on TV. .

“My daughters are black, so it’s really important to me that they see a lot of images of beautiful, powerful, strong black women,” she told PEOPLE. “Whenever there’s a black woman on a magazine cover, whether it’s Kerry Washington or whoever it is, I make sure that magazine is in my house and on my table. To me, that’s very important.”

In July 2022, the family of five made a rare public appearance at the Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Women’s Show in Italy. Pompeo gave fans a glimpse of their family vacation on Instagram, sharing individual snaps of the kids enjoying the Italian sunshine.

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