Hollywood Ageism is the reason for not quitting Grey’s Anatomy says Ellen Pompeo
The leading star of Grey’s Anatomy, Ellen Pompeo recently said the real reason why she decided to stick with the hit show for the past couple of years. “My decision to stay on ‘Grey’s’ was based solely on age.” She said to People in an interview,” At 33, I was wise enough to know my clock was already ticking in Hollywood.”
The actress was 33 when she began to work on Grey’s and admitted that she may have quit the show if she was younger.
The actress said that her decision to stay with the popular series was based solely on her age. She revealed it, while speaking to Entertainment Weekly.
The actress, says to People, she got a “super late start” acting that landed her first roles during her mid-20s and admits that if she’d been younger, “I probably would have done my time, then gone out to search for other things.” Then she added, “I was definitely aware of how challenging it would be to find other roles in my late 30s and early 40s.”
Pompeo further says, “I thought, ‘Why would I leave something that is super successful and pays me great to search the landscape?’” said Pomepeo, “I decided that I would stay on Grey’s and be grateful and try to ride it out for as long as I could. And I am very happy that I made the decision to stay. It’s only gotten better with time.”
She talked about the way she feels herself ageing in the series, “Watching myself ageing on TV is miserable. To be honest, it’s the toughest part of my job,” she says.
“But as uncomfortable as watching myself ageing is, I don’t think focusing on physical beauty is necessarily the best thing for your mind. It’s a natural thing that we all do, but I don’t think it’s the healthiest thing. The older you get, the more you realize life isn’t about your looks. Everyone ages, and it’s okay.”
“Welcome to middle-age. From here on it’s a steady decline into old age and cultural insignificance,”
“I was flattered to join the campaign because it speaks to stereotypes I feel strongly about. As a woman you’re not over or on the decline after having children or after 40. Everything just gets better!”
Pompeo just taught us that age is just a number.