Ellen Pompeo has been a part of the small screen for a long time, fans might have noticed that the actress even made a small guest appearance on the iconic comedy sitcom Friends! However, the actress went on to get her big back on Shonda Rhimes’s iconic series Grey’s Anatomy! The show went on to become such a huge success that it bagged the title of being the longest-running scripted primetime show on ABC as well as the longest-running American primetime medical drama series!
Grey’s Anatomy stars Ellen Pompeo in the lead role of Dr. Meredith Grey. The series star’s character became such a big hit amongst fans that she became a series regular and also the lead star of the hit series. Grey’s Anatomy was recently renewed for season 18, even before the end of season 17! The lead star has time and again been vocal about equal pay with her male co-stars and made headlines after signing a huge deal with the makers of Grey’s Anatomy.
Ellen Pompeo Net Worth!
Believe it or not, but Ellen Pompeo is one of the highest-paid actresses on the small screen. Her character is such a huge success that Ellen Pompeo takes a whopping amount of $550,000 per episode. According to reports, Ellen Pompeo has a combined net worth of $80 million right now! The overwhelming response the medical drama series has been receiving over the years is truly unbelievable and added considerably to her earnings.
Other than Grey’s Anatomy that proved to be a milestone in Pompeo’s career, the actress had small roles in movies including Mambo Cafe, Moonlight Mile, Daredevil, Catch Me If You Can, and Old School. Did you know that the small screen star appeared in Taylor Swift’s hit song Bad Blood!
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Ellen Pompeo Was Initially Sceptical About Taking Up The Role Of Meredith Grey!
When asked what convinced the lead star to take the decision and continue to play Dr. Meredith Grey on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy for so many seasons, the star had quite a practical reason to do so as she revealed that she decided to make money. Ellen Pompeo, who is one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actresses, made headlines after she negotiated a deal that demanded $575,000 per episode. Fans are rejoicing the fact that Grey’s Anatomy will be returning for yet another season, and there’s more medical dilemma to look out for. Take a look at the renewal announcement and get ready to shed some more tears ahead.
🎉🎉 Someone grab me a crash cart because #GreysAnatomy is coming back for Season 18! 🎉🎉 pic.twitter.com/GRGYgQr296
— Grey's Anatomy (@GreysABC) May 10, 2021
Not only that, but this deal came with an additional charge that includes producing fees, seven-figure signing bonus, producing fees, and back-end equity. This deal was made during the renewal of season 14. Ironically, Pompeo was initially skeptical to take up the role and was adamant about not going to be stuck on a medical show for five years! The show and her character, in general, trend out to be a huge success, and the lead star realized that she is not going to get a better offer than this.
The Lead Star Of Grey’s Anatomy Will Return For Season 18!
Now that Grey’s Anatomy has been renewed for season 18, fans are wondering whether it is going to be the final season or not. No such announcement has been made yet. With such impressive ratings and already a spin-off on track, the show is not leaving us anytime soon. The lead star is so very popular that Shonda Rhimes has gone on record and said that the medical drama series will end when Pompeo exits.
While the show has a reputation of killing off some leading characters of the show, however, with another season being renewed there’s more of Meredith Grey that we are going to see. While Ellen Pompeo did not get involved in much drama and spent most of her time in a coma in season 17. The small glimpses of Meredith meeting some of the old characters that were long gone have been the highlight of the 17th season. The spinoff series has also been renewed for a fifth season as well.