As the star of beloved medical drama Grey's Anatomy and producer to the upcoming spin off series, Ellen Pompeo has learned how to take charge both in her role and as an actress in show business.
In a recent interview, she reveals the behind-the-scene power plays she has faced down with the producers. According to her, the biggest shift in the show was Patrick Dempsey's departure in season 11, which gave her a bargaining chip to turn the tables on the network.
"They could always use him as leverage against me —‘We don't need you; we have Patrick'—which they did for years," she said. "At one point, I asked for $5,000 more than him just on principle, because the show is Grey's Anatomy and I'm Meredith Grey. They wouldn't give it to me."
However, once Dempsey left things began to change, and Pompeo was able to negotiate the largest salary of any woman on television right now.