The many fans of Everett’s own Ellen Pompeo (“Grey’s Anatomy”) may be surprised to know she now hosts a podcast, “Tell Me with Ellen Pompeo.”
“Tell Me” is now streaming with a new show every Wednesday. It all started with her fans. “Primarily, it comes from my having this tremendous blessing of this audience for 18 seasons of ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’” Pompeo, 51, began in a Zoom interview.
“In my efforts to think about how I want to use my platform and my time and give back, I thought I could definitely use the podcast space to have people come on, tell me stories and inspire young women who follow me.”
She had been approached by several different companies years earlier. “Because I do the voiceover on the show people have always responded to my voice.
“But I just wasn’t at a place where I really wanted to take on any more responsibility or work. Then the pandemic happened and I didn’t know if I would be able to go to work.”
She asked herself: How can I use this time productively and positively?
Topics can range from “books that I read, people that I know. There’s a lot of great authors out there who have a lot of great ideas. Some of it’s just meant to be fun and entertaining, like my actor friends,” including former co-star Patrick Dempsey who visited in her first week.
“This,” she noted, “is a whole new medium to challenge my producing skills. I thought I would just try to put some positive vibes out there.
“We’re all very divided and people are so quick to be negative and nasty with one another nowadays. So anything I thought I could do to provide a platform to just be fun and light and positive might be a good use of my platform.”
One reason Pompeo is able to do this is that with her clout as the enduring attraction that is “Grey’s Anatomy,” she has limited her work week.
“I’m very lucky in the way that I’ve been able to dictate how much time I’ll devote to ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ each week, because I do have kids” — the Boston native has three between 12 and 4, two daughters and a son, with music producer Chris Ivery.
“I cannot be there in the same way that I was for the first 12 years of the show. Television hours notoriously are really, really hard. Now I have a very condensed, nice, busy schedule on the show, I’m able to get time to the podcast.”
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