As “Grey’s Anatomy” gears up for its 15th season, Ellen Pompeo has hinted that it may be time to hand in her scrubs when her contract expires at the end of next season.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Pompeo, who plays Dr. Meredith Grey in the hit hospital drama, touched on whether she will be continuing with the series after season 16.
“I’m clearly not prepared right now to make any formal announcement about what my future is on the show but I am really feeling like we have told the majority of the stories that we can tell,” the 48-year-old actress explained.
“It’s about time that I mix it up. I’m definitely looking for a change.”
Pompeo landed her role in the ABC medical drama in 2005 and earned worldwide recognition for her performance. In January, she signed on for two more seasons, earning her $20 million a year, which makes her the highest-paid television actress in a drama series.
“I’m 48 now, so I’ve finally gotten to the place where I’m OK asking for what I deserve, which is something that comes only with age,” Pompeo told the Hollywood Reporter earlier this year regarding her new contract.
“I’m not the most ‘relevant’ actress out there. I know that’s the industry perception because I’ve been this character for 14 years. But the truth is, anybody can be good on a show season 1 and 2. Can you be good 14 years later? Now, that’s a f***in’ skill.”
Whether “Grey’s” will continue without Pompeo is currently undecided. Series creator Shonda Rhimes, who handed over the task of showrunning to executive producer Krista Vernoff last season, said she will jump back in when it’s time to write the final episode.
“I have written the end of the show at least six times,” Rhimes revealed to EW. “But we just don’t end. Every time I thought, This is how the show should end, we’ve gone past those moments, so I’ve stopped trying. I have no idea now.”
The 15th season premiere of “Grey’s Anatomy” hits screens on Thursday, Sept. 27.