Ellen Pompeo is dishing on the secret to juggling motherhood with a busy career, which comes to a head with her upcoming Grey’s Anatomy — nurse Jackie!
The 47-year-old mom-of-three stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where her 5-month-old son, Eli, waited backstage.
“He is the sweetest thing ever … so adorable,” Pompeo gushed, before adding that the tot is now sleeping through the night. “He is. I have the most fantastic baby nurse, Jackie, who’s also backstage — Hi Jackie!”
“She helps me and I’d be nowhere without her because I work long days and I need help caring for him,” she continued. “She’s got my back — and his. It’s funny because everyone who meets her is like, ‘I want Jackie!’ and I’m like, ‘You don’t have a baby.’ [They’re like], ‘Yeah, I know but I just want Jackie!’”
Long days at work are nothing new for the Grey’s veteran, but she’s been even busier than usual on set lately, due to directing her first episode of the ABC series.
Titled “Be Still, My Soul,” the episode airs on March 30, and Pompeo said she had a blast behind the camera.
“I definitely had an advantage being there for 13 seasons,” says Pompeo, whose Ellen appearance airs on March 23. “It was super fun. [Executive producer] Debbie Allen really wasn’t going to take no for an answer and enough women don’t get the opportunity to direct, so I thought, ‘Who am I to get the opportunity and say no?’”
If work and kids aren’t enough to keep her busy, Pompeo also added to the family’s brood by adopting another dog recently.
“[I now have] four dogs, four chickens and a fish,” she shared. “Oh, and a husband too.”
“We adopted Lily from Love Leo Rescue,” she said of the new addition. “I was scared for her when she first came because she was scared. Every time someone would come in the house she would run and hide under a bed. I’ve worked with her a lot to get her to the place where she is comfortable and she has made the most amazing progress. She’s a completely different dog.”
See what Pompeo’s castmate, Justin Chambers, had to say about a possible Alex-Meredith romance on the show in the video below.