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I am who I am, a Southie.
– Ellen Pompeo
My mother came from an Irish family of 11 kids and, of course, had a sister who was a nun, so I spent time at a convent and with an aunt and uncle who lived in New York and took me to the theater.
I went up a pants size during my pregnancy.
Happiness is not that easy to achieve, but having a handsome husband, a beautiful baby, and a great job helps.
I want to teach my daughter the importance of exercising and eating healthy as she grows up.
If I’m bringing joy to people and entertaining people as an actor, then I should be grateful for that and act accordingly, you know?
I didn’t have a boyfriend until I was 16, and he was eight years older. My father was furious about this 24-year-old, and I had to hide the relationship.
I was never a person who was introduced to junk food.
I don’t believe in putting on airs. I call it like I see it.
Acting can be an amazingly cathartic thing – especially for young girls.
You know, Boston people are full of sauce.
Women don’t take care of themselves because they take care of everybody else.
I just don’t want to be self-obsessed.
Brains don’t really smell, but what’s amazing about the brain is that it’s almost like scrambled eggs or soft tofu, almost like a gel. The brain controls so much of what we do, but you could put your finger right through it.
Cancer is something that touches everyone’s lives.
This is Hollywood. People don’t admit mistakes.
There’s a remarkable amount of sexism on TV. When male characters are flawed, they’re interesting, deep and complex. But when female characters are flawed, they’re just a mess. It’s good to put more flawed but interesting female characters out there because it promotes equality.
You can’t really judge characters, because that’s when it gets really hard to play them.
We’re teaching young girls that this is what they should be focusing on: rich and famous girls who are rich and famous for nothing.
I don’t find acting to be a particularly noble way to make a living. I’m not saving anybody’s life, I’m not a teacher, I’m not working for UNICEF. I don’t think I’m some big deal.
I think for any actor to say they don’t like attention is ridiculous. Of course we love attention. But getting attention is different than pretending the attention means something.
Really, I don’t care if people think I’m too skinny. This is my body. If they don’t like it, screw it.
I don’t like everybody who I see on TV.
The older you get the more realistic it is that you’re significant other is your significant other. I mean, you’ll always have your girlfriends or your guy friends, but the person you’re married to is usually your No. 1.
My daily schedule is quite hectic, but I have to put my health first in order to be the best mom and wife I can be.
Learning about the way people process information and their emotions is hugely helpful to my work.