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  Chanel   02 12 2016   Comment?

I’m not sure ho to embed this here but you can hear the interview here.

  Chanel   02 11 2016   Comment?

As Dr. Meredith Grey on Grey’s Anatomy, Ellen Pompeo has the distinction of playing one of the longest-running characters currently on television — and one of the longest-suffering characters too. This season alone, Meredith’s coped with aftermath of her husband Derek Shephard’s death and confronted the doctor responsible for it; and in tonight’s mid-season premiere (directed by Denzel Washington), she’ll suffer a violent attack at the hands of a patient. Cosmopolitan.com spoke to Pompeo on her lunch break earlier this week to talk about Meredith’s future, why ageism is alive and well in Hollywood, and what she and Grey’s creator Shonda Rhimes have discussed about the end of the series.

Meredith is savagely attacked by a patient in the mid-season premiere. How does this twist compare to some of the many other big twists or shockers on the show?
That’s what Shonda does best, is give us these big twists and turns. And even though the fans get upset at these big, dramatic changes, I cannot tell you how important big, dramatic changes are for the writers, who have to write 24 episodes of television [every season]. One of the most amazing things to come out of this year is the addition of Penny, who is played by Samantha Sloyan, and who was the doctor who made the fatal mistake to not get a CT on Derek Shepherd. That part of episode five, the dinner party, where it’s revealed that Penny is [in Seattle], was one of the most compelling episodes of this season. And that could not have happened had we not had the changes that we had last year.

Unfortunately, these big changes are tough. And they’re tough for us emotionally, too, when we lose people, but that helps us act, and it helps us tell the story. Sorry, I got off on a tangent, but this [twist] ranks right up there.

What was your reaction to the script?
I was skeptical when they told me that something else catastrophic was going to happen to Meredith. I said, “Well, how is the audience going to respond to that? And how do I tell that story truthfully, being that I’ve just played the story of losing my husband?” But the fact that Denzel [Washington] stepped in makes everything OK. It gives everything a justification, because he’s such a creative genius that he can get away with anything … I can’t say enough about how he inspired me. I certainly gave it more than I usually do for him. I really wanted to inspire him and make him grateful that he came to work with us. I didn’t want him leaving here saying, “Why did I go and do that?”

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  Chanel   12 01 2015   Comment?

“Because I play a doctor on TV, I don’t like the look of makeup—I think it looks ridiculous on screen. Not that doctors can’t wear makeup, but I just feel like it takes away from the acting and the character if I have makeup on. I just feel like I look like an actor playing dress-up, so I try to keep it as authentic as possible. It’s year 12 [of Grey’s Anatomy], and it’s important to me to feel like I’m still doing a good job and that the show is really still believable. Of course, with digital cameras now, we have to wear makeup because it’s too sharp. But then the flip-side is, I think if it’s too sharp, then you see the makeup.

SKINCARE
I’m conscious of the parabens and the sulfates in all the shampoos and everything. And I work with Jessica Capshaw, whose husband is the co-founder of The Honest Company, so we have a lot of discussions about organic products. I do love organic products, but I have to say that SK-II changed my life. I’ve had problem skin my whole entire life, and hilariously at 44 years old—I’m 45, going to be 46 next month—I finally found a product that literally changed my skin. I mean, there’s only so much I can do at 45. I’m going to age, it’s fine. I don’t have Botox, I don’t have fillers, I don’t have anything, so you know, I really have to eat well and exercise and do everything, because I don’t want to put stuff in my face. I have done Botox before, and I can see why you’d get addicted to it. So I thought, if I have to see my lines, it’ll force me more to take care of myself. And I used to always break out—I would get facials every month to clean out the blackheads that I’d get from having makeup put on me every day. And I just feel like I get less facials now. Jessica [Capshaw] and I had this conversation because she sent a thing to me and she said, ‘You know SK-II is full of parabens and all this stuff…’ But I guess because I make my living on camera, I’m vain? I think it’s important for me to look as good as I can look. I get paid to keep up my appearance, so I feel like I need to keep up my end of it.

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  Chanel   11 05 2015   Comment?