Grey’s Anatomy provides some of the juiciest storylines on TV. But that’s nothing compared to the drama that’s gone on behind the scenes of ABC’s long running medical drama.
In a new interview with the New York Post, star Ellen Pompeo had some candid words about what went on behind the scenes regarding Katherine Heigl’s character Izzy and the actresses’ battle to get off the show.
“Hurt feelings, combined with instant success and huge paychecks started things spinning out of control,” Pompeo said. “The crazier things got, as I watched all the tumult with Isaiah Washington and then the Katie thing, I started to focus on the work.”
The 43-year-old actress continued “you could understand why she wanted to go — when you’re offered $12 million a movie and you’re only 26…but Katie’s problem is that she should not have renewed her contract. She re-upped, took a big raise and then tried to get off the show. And then her movie career did not take off.”
As the show enters it’s tenth season, Pompeo admits the secret to the success of her character saying “maybe it is my Boston, blue-collar upbringing. I just tried to not pay attention to all the noise around me.”