It’s kind of sad when you read a quote from a celebrity talking about how much she appreciates her life and her job and what it’s been able to afford her and you feel really refreshed by it. Obviously it’s also very nice and heartening and lovely, but it kind of sucks that we have to make a big deal out of it. Because whether we like it or not, it’s pretty rare to witness a celebrity speaking genuinely about how grateful they are for the opportunities they’ve gotten. This idea was brought to my attention through this Ellen Pompeo quote from a recent New York Post article about Grey’s Anatomy, which is in its eleventh season. Even though her contract is up next summer, it sounds like Ellen likes it right where she is.
“Actors always think the grass is greener somewhere else. I didn’t want to do that,” she says. “I have an amazing life. I have a house five minutes from the studio, I have a house in the Hamptons, a house in Malibu, a beautiful daughter whom I see every night, and it’s all because I didn’t leave ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’”
I think that is awesome. Even though I don’t watch Grey’s Anatomy and I’m frankly a little surprised that it’s still on the air, it’s so nice to read a quote from someone who doesn’t take their job for granted and understands that they’ve gotten to where they are because of it. Too often actors abandon projects to pursue their own individual careers as big stars, or if they do stick it out for the long haul they criticize the project or imply that they don’t want to be associated with that role anymore (cough, Robert Pattinson, cough). Here’s someone who realizes how important that project has been not only to her career but to her personal life and the comforts it’s allowed her to have.
It’s also great to witness a quote like this coming from an actress on a show which used to star Katherine Heigl, who is rumored to be not so appreciative of her situation, if you believe the people who have witnessed her on set. So good for you, Ellen Pompeo! I wish you and your normal person husband and your daughter all the best.
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