- While promoting Betr Remedies, Ellen Pompeo told Insider that she was ready for the ending of “Grey’s Anatomy”.
- “I tried to focus on convincing everyone that this should end,” she said.
- In the meantime, Pompeo wants to help ensure that the stories of marginalized people are told.
“Grey’s Anatomy” star Ellen Pompeo has no idea where her character, Dr. Meredith Gray’s story will end, but she knows she would like everyone to have the answer as soon as possible. .
“I tried to focus on convincing everyone that this should end,” she recently told Insider while promoting her company Betr Remedies, where she is a co-founder and responsible for impact. But Pompeo says she has a hard time convincing others to end a show that has been so successful for nearly two decades.
“I feel like I’m the super naive who keeps saying, ‘But what’s going to be the story, what story are we going to tell?'” She continued. “And everyone’s like, ‘What does it matter, Ellen? That’s billions of dollars.'”
As she waits for everyone to agree that “Grey’s Anatomy” is nearing its natural end, she makes her way outside the halls of Prospect Studios, where the ABC hit recently shot. its historic 18th season.
Pompeo tries to make the world of medicine fairer when cameras stop rolling
A little of the spirit of Meredith Gray must have seeped through Pompeo’s veins after nearly two decades in the role. She told Insider that when the pandemic hit the United States, her way of dealing with the nation’s crisis was to launch a zoom series titled “Healing Healthcare.”
The series featured Pompeo in conversation with medical workers, bringing up issues such as “the state of health care” and “racism in health care”. The goal, she said, was to “provide people with a space to have conversations and people to listen to conversations about what healthcare workers are actually going through.”
At the end of Healing Healthcare, Pompeo asked his team to help him find ways to continue to make a meaningful contribution to health equity. The goal of “health equity,” according to the Institute of Medicine (via the Association of American Medical Colleges), is to provide “care the quality of which does not vary due to personal characteristics such as gender, ethnicity, geographic location and socio-economic conditions. status.”
The Pompeo team then introduced it to the co-founders of Betr Remedies, Livio Bisterzo and Jennifer Simone Hoffman.
Betr Remedies sells over-the-counter drugs to the public and works with the non-profit organization SIRUM, whose mission is to donate unused prescription drugs (“perfectly safe, not expired”) to underserved communities through pharmacies charities that distribute them to people in need.
Pompeo told Insider she “had no idea how much medicine is going into landfills” until she started working with Betr Remedies, which also aims to reduce medical waste by working with SIRUM.
“I saw this as a pretty exciting opportunity to be part of a startup that was solving real problems that we have,” Pompeo said of his partnership with Betr Remedies.
Pompeo’s priority now is to share stories that have an impact – both on “Grey’s Anatomy” and in his other endeavors.
Pompeo says she strives to use her on and off screen platform in Hollywood to tell stories and listen to marginalized voices, especially on her new podcast “Tell Me With Ellen Pompeo”.
But Pompeo, who is an executive co-producer of “Grey’s Anatomy” in addition to his lead role, told Insider that while the ABC series is a medical drama, issues like pharmaceutical waste are “very difficult” to tackle.
So while this topic has yet to be featured in the series, Pompeo notes that the writers try to shed light on inequalities in medicine where possible. A “Grey’s” storyline that stands out from her as aligning with the mission of Betr Remedies happened in seasons 15 and 16 when Meredith commits insurance fraud in order to help a young woman not. insured to receive cancer treatment.
The mother-of-three told Insider that while she is “certainly no social justice expert,” she tries to expose her children to “examples of others active in the fight for things that matter, rather than trying to tell them what to do. “
“I like to point out how many good people out there are working really hard to try to make meaningful change in whatever areas they are passionate about,” she added.