Ellen Pompeo of Grey’s Anatomy reveals she was “horrified” by iconic McDreamy scene

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The love story of Meredith Gray and Derek Shepherd on Grey’s Anatomy will probably become one of the greatest romances in television history. Forget the fact that McDreamy was killed off from the ABC medical drama in Season 11, and Season 18 has Meredith on her way to a new love affair with Dr. Nick Marsh. MerDer will live forever in the heart of Grey’s Anatomy Fans. But Ellen Pompeo has revealed that she is “horrified” by a specific moment in Meredith and Derek’s past – a moment fans have dubbed one of the show’s most iconic moments.

On his podcast Tell me, Ellen Pompeo spoke with former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay on the famous “Pick me. Choose me. Love me “scene on Grey’s Anatomy. Back in the Season 2 episode “Bring the Pain”, Derek wondered whether to divorce Addison and continue a relationship with Meredith, or break up with the then intern and give her another chance. wedding. Meredith confronted Derek in the hospital and tearfully begged the neurosurgeon to sign the divorce papers. Pompeo said she was appalled at what was being asked of her character.

When I read this scene, I was horrified. I was like, ‘Am I going to beg a man?’ And besides, you know, it’s like Meredith is sobbing. I don’t know if it was in the script or not, or the producers on set wanted me to cry when I was doing the scene. And the funny thing about this scene is that I’m screaming, but I’m not screaming for the sake of the scene. I’m screaming because I’m like, “I can’t believe I’m on TV begging a man to love me.”

The tears were real, guys. Ellen Pompeo said that although her 12-year-old daughter is not allowed to watch Grey’s Anatomy yet she did make it onto the famous online scene one day. The apple didn’t fall far from the tree, as Pompeo’s daughter had a pretty similar reaction to the “terrible” scene. In the words of the star:

And my daughter said to me: ‘Mom! Why did you beg a man to love you? And I was like, well, praise Jesus that she asks me that question and her head is already in the right space at 12. But what am I saying? And then I was like, you know, I didn’t write that. I didn’t want to do it. But this scene is very popular, isn’t it? It’s just going to show you how well I know, right? I was like, ‘This scene is terrible, I don’t want to do this scene!’ Still, it’s like one of the most popular scenes in television history.

Ellen Pompeo is right that Meredith’s call to love probably shouldn’t be seen as the pinnacle of romantic moves. Know your worth, Meredith and all the other women out there!

And not for nothing, but Derek chose Addison, chose Addison, and worshiped Addison after Meredith’s desperate speech, at least for a while. MerDer was an inevitable conclusion, of course, and the couple eventually married (three marriages in fact) and had three children together.

Grey’s Anatomy Season 18 will resume at 9 p.m. ET on November 11 as the second half of a crossover event with Station 19 in which not everyone will survive. Also check out our 2021 TV show to follow all the premieres until the end of the year.


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