The Protagonist of The Grey’s Anatomy, Ellen Pompeo now earns $20 Million a Year.
Ellen is the cover girl of The Hollywood Reporter’s this weeks issue. In a candid Interview to the magazine she opens up about her new salary. Along with the struggle or shall we say the discrimination she had to go through.
This interview comes in at an important time. With prominent women are opening up about the injustice happening with them. like Ann Curry finally opened up about her sudden exit from NBC.
This is an inspiration for one and all to ask for what they deserve.
The Cover Girl
Dr. Meredith Grey is one of the best doctors of Seattle Grace Hospital. The Show is currently in it’s 15th season. Closely followed by season 16th.
Ellen Pompeo has signed a new deal in late 2017. It entitles a payment of approximately $20 Million a Year. Making her the Highest earning actress on dramatic Television.
Shonda Rhimes, the shows creator has been Ellen’s inspiration ans support. And it was Rhimes who suggested the actress to negotiate on her terms.
“As a woman, what I know is you can’t approach anything from a point of view of ‘I don’t deserve’ or ‘I’m not going to ask for because I don’t want other people to get upset. And I know for a fact that when men go into these negotiations, they go in hard and ask for the world.”
Unabashedly, Ellen mentions that it was Patrick’s exit that helped her. Patrick Dempsey played Derek Shepherd in the show. Meredith’s husband who dies in Season 11.
” For me, Patrick [Dempsey] leaving the show [in 2015] was a defining moment, deal-wise. They could always use him as leverage against me — “We don’t need you; we have Patrick” — which they did for years.”
“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. And I could have walked away, so why didn’t I? It’s my show; I’m the number one. I’m sure I felt what a lot of these other actresses feel: Why should I walk away from a great part because of a guy? You feel conflicted but then you figure, “I’m not going to let a guy drive me out of my own house.”
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Ellen Pompeo gets candid about her 'Grey's salary negotiations for our latest cover, revealing the network used Patrick Dempsey as leverage against her for years. "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. And I could have walked away, so why didn't I? It's my show; I'm the number one. I'm sure I felt what a lot of these other actresses feel: Why should I walk away from a great part because of a guy? You feel conflicted but then you figure, 'I'm not going to let a guy drive me out of my own house.'" Photo: @mrmikerosenthal
Why Ellen Pompeo disclosed her Salary
The mother of three has opened up to the Magazine for a reason. To set an example for other women to seize this new moment of empowerment.
“I’m not necessarily perceived as successful, either, but a 24-year-old actress with a few big movies is, even though she’s probably being paid shit — certainly less than her male co-star and probably with no backend. And they’re going to pimp her out until she’s 33 or 34 and then she’s out like yesterday’s trash, and then what does she have to take care of herself? These poor girls have no real money, and the studio is making a fortune and parading them like ponies on a red carpet. I mean, Faye Dunaway is driving a fuckin’ Prius today. Now, there’s nothing wrong with a Prius, but my point is, she had no financial power. If we’re going to invoke change, that has to be part of it.
The Actress certainly has a point. Coming at the absolutely correct time when women are getting together and helping each other to raise voice. One such example is Chrissy Teigen and Kristen bell’s offer to pay the Gymnast McKayla Maroney $100 K fine for breaking the NDA.
All we can say is, More power to all of you.