A Recap of Ellen Pompeo’s Roles Outside of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’


ABC fans Grey’s Anatomy learned this month that the medical drama will be absent for most of the upcoming 19th season: Ellen Pompeo (Meredith Grey) will only appear in eight of the season’s episodes, although she will remain the series’ narrator and one of its executive producers.

But Pompeo isn’t resting on his laurels — laurels which, by the way, include multiple People’s Choice Awards, a Golden Globe nomination and a contract worth up to $20 million a year. Instead, she will star in a Hulu limited series that dramatizes the true story of American parents who claimed their adopted daughter from Ukraine was actually an adult “sociopath.”

The untitled Hulu project will mark the first time since 2005 that Pompeo fans have seen the 52-year-old play anyone but Meredith Gray (apart from her appearance in a Taylor Swift video, of course). And from what Pompeo said The Hollywood Reporter in 2018, it would seem that she was contractually prohibited from playing elsewhere: “I can’t do anything else, and it’s frustrating for me creatively. I do 24 TV episodes a year, and as part of this deal, I can’t appear anywhere else.

Here are, in chronological order, the highlights of the non-Grey’s Anatomy filmography, including parts that have him sharing the screen with Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck, Jim Carrey and a few Friends.

Jenna Weber in Law and order (1996)

Pompeo made two appearances on NBC procedurals, including her role as Jenna in 1996’s “Savior,” a teenage girl whose family is murdered. (And learn about Pompeo’s future Grey’s costar Brooke Smith questioning him in the courtroom.)

continue in Work (2001)

In this ABC comedy, Pompeo starred as Sue, a hot-tempered woman whom Denis Leary’s cop character meets at an anger management support group.

Bertie Knox in thousand moonlight (2002)

Pompeo scored his first major film role in this romantic drama, playing a postal service worker who helps Jake Gyllenhaal’s character cancel wedding invitations after his fiancée’s murder — and, yes, becomes a love interest for him.

Marc in Catch Me If You Can (2002)

That same year, Pompeo played a flight attendant charmed by Leonardo DiCaprio’s trickster in this Steven Spielberg film.

Karen Page in daredevil (2003)

Pompeo played Ben Affleck’s secretary Matt Murdock, Daredevil’s daytime alter-ego, in this 2003 superhero film. (Coincidentally, the two daredevil and Catch Me If You Can also featured Jennifer Garner and Pompeo was once considered for a part on Garner’s ABC show A.k.a.)

Nicole in Old school (2003)

Released just a week later daredevilthis comedy film had Pompeo playing Nicole, Luke Wilson’s former high school crush.

Missy Goldberg in Friends (2004)

In this immortal NBC sitcom, Pompeo starred in the episode “The One Where the Stripper Cries,” playing an old crush on Ross (David Schwimmer) and Chandler (Matthew Perry).

Naomi in Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind (2004)

In deleted scenes from this romantic sci-fi flick, Pompeo played Naomi, Jim Carrey’s onscreen girlfriend-turned-ex.

Luna in Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” music video (2015)

Taylor Swift has cats named Meredith Gray and Olivia Benson, so it’s no surprise the pop star enlisted Pompeo and Mariska Hargitay to strut around side-by-side as two members of her “Bad Blood” crew. Pompeo’s character is called Luna, likely a reference to his daughter Stella Luna.

willow in Doc McStuffins (2017)

In an episode of this Disney Junior show, Pompeo voiced the “cat meow” of a stuffed animal, who is distressed that her whiskers are twitched on the very day she is supposed to make an appearance at her owner’s school. .


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