For well over a decade Ellen Pompeo has dominated primetime television as Dr. Meredith Grey, the star of ABC's blockbuster "Grey's Anatomy."
Now, a new contract guaranteeing her a $20 million salary has made her the highest-paid actress on primetime TV. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter (THR), the 48-year-old opens up about her career journey and why negotiating roles behind the camera has been the key to her success.
Pompeo says the show's creator, Shonda Rhimes, played a crucial role in empowering her to demand more in her career. When the actress asked her for negotiation advice, Rhimes recalls telling Pompeo, "Decide what you think you're worth and then ask for what you think you're worth. Nobody's just going to give it to you."