Ellen Pompeo keeps her creativity fresh and intensity in check


Ellen Pompeo has spent 18 seasons enjoying Dr. Meredith Gray on Gray’s Anatomy. The present is the longest-running medical drama in TV historical past, so it ought to come as no shock that doing one thing for that lengthy can both make or break your creativity.

“I’m very intense, clearly. And I’ve been on the identical present for 18 seasons. It takes plenty of ardour and intensity to proceed to do the identical factor and proceed to make it higher,” says Pompeo, on the latest episode of Quick Firm‘s podcast Inventive Dialog.

For Pompeo, it’s been a activity of discovering new methods to maintain Gray’s Anatomy related to audiences, in addition to exploring new ventures exterior of performing, comparable to her new podcast, Tell Me, by means of the podcast studio Cadence13.

Nevertheless, as Pompeo admits and realized firsthand, typically that aforementioned intensity can spill over in conditions which have made her check herself.

On Inform Me‘s premiere episode with her former costar Patrick Dempsey, Pompeo recounted a tense second she had on the set of Gray’s Anatomy between herself and Denzel Washington, who was a visitor director. The headlines that adopted the podcast episode referred to as out Pompeo’s habits in the state of affairs.

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“Emotionally, I’m in an area of actually being cautious about what I say,” Pompeo says. “Being an outspoken charismatic lady, I’ve put myself in conditions the place issues I say, they’ll pluck out 5 phrases and make it seem as if I’ve stated one thing else. So I’d say proper now, I’ve touched the electrical wire on the fence, and I’m just a bit bit in shock. I’m in an area the place I’m simply attempting to be tremendous cautious about what I say, as a result of I positively am a goal.”

On this episode of Inventive Dialog, Ellen explains how she keeps her creativity fresh, her struggles with being a perfectionist, and placing herself on the market in new endeavors.

Grounding Gray’s

“One of the vital issues that I’m realizing and now could be, tonally our present, 17 years in the past, we didn’t know what we all know [today] concerning the medical world. The pandemic has shone a lightweight on the medical group like we’ve by no means seen earlier than. The inequity in medication, the racism in medication—these are themes which might be very arduous to look away from, for me, anyway. We didn’t speak about these issues 17 years in the past.

“I’m extra proper now, in this second, of tonally being slightly bit more true to what docs actually face and what it means to be a doctor, what it means to be a healer. What toll that takes on a human being to have to present, give, give of your self each single day. And the way a lot of your self do you give, and how a lot of your self do you shield? These tales are very fascinating to me. Albeit not precisely the tone that we at all times strike on Gray’s.”

Why so critical?

“What’s fascinating is, folks concerned in this [podcast Tell Me], I received’t identify any names, however they stated, You don’t should work so arduous. You don’t have to arrange a lot and kill your self over the company. You may simply chill out and sit back and go to your visitor home and have conversations. And I used to be like, What? No, I can’t. I’ve to learn every part they’ve ever carried out. I’ve to observe every part. I’ve to hearken to every part they’ve ever stated. I actually put plenty of myself into issues to make every part the perfect it may be. It’s additionally humorous that white males stated that to me. It occurred to me, ‘Oh, I assume, when you’re a white man, you may simply chill and half-ass it.’ There’s the soundbite proper there! Ellen says, ‘For those who’re a white man, you may chill and half-ass it.’ Take it!

“I wouldn’t say that is enjoyable for me proper now, and perhaps that’s the place my studying curve must be? Possibly I have to study to have extra enjoyable with the issues that I do. I’m too intense. I’m like, Is it good?

Creativity on repeat

“Determining make a scene that you simply’ve carried out 30 occasions, make it really feel fresh and new once more, [that] is the toughest piece of creativity. It doesn’t get sufficient credit score, really. It’s very simple to be artistic whenever you’re doing issues for the primary time. Everyone might be artistic whenever you’ve by no means carried out this scene earlier than. Are you able to do that similar actual scene in the identical room that you simply’ve carried out it [in] 1,000 occasions earlier than? Are you able to keep current and make that scene good? To me, that’s the final word artistic problem.”