Ellen Pompeo has played the titular character in ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” since the long-running medical drama first aired more than 11 years ago.
With her character having gone through numerous near-death mishaps and with the show having lost and gained several of its main characters, Pompeo has recently reflected on her experience playing Dr. Meredith Grey.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the “Grey’s Anatomy” star said that after all this time, she is still excited about where creator Shonda Rhimes could take the show next. Pompeo also said that while she has sometimes doubted whether or not there are still more Meredith stories to tell, she trusts in Rhimes’ vision for the veteran series.
The actress also spoke about her favorite stories from the recently concluded twelfth season, citing the Penny (Samantha Sloyan) storyline and the episode directed by Academy Award winner Denzel Washington.
Pompeo also teased the problematic love triangle that could rear its ugly head in the upcoming season 13. As viewers know, Meredith hooked up with Riggs (Martin Henderson) in the penultimate episode of season 12. Shortly afterwards, the finale revealed that her half-sister, Maggie (Kelly McCreary), had a crush on the new doctor. The revelation could then pose a big problem for the trio in season 13.
According to the actress, who admitted that she is “excited” to play the love triangle, Meredith got together with Riggs because she thought he was a safe option. A lot of their colleagues at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital don’t exactly like the guy, which could be a good excuse for not getting in a relationship with him.
“That triangle will be fun,” Pompeo told EW. “I just hope it’s written differently. I would assume that it’s going to be written differently. I just don’t want to play the same thing that I played in the last love triangle. 10 years have passed, so hopefully Meredith responds to this differently than she did 10 years ago.”
Meanwhile, Henderson recently spoke to Stuff about playing Dr. Nathan Riggs in the ABC drama and addressed the many comparisons being made between his character and the late Dr. Derek Shepherd, played by Patrick Dempsey.
“I always felt that what Patrick did as an actor is very different to what I do and there will only be one McDreamy so I don’t take any of it personally,” the actor said.
“Grey’s Anatomy” will return for its thirteenth season this fall on ABC.