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Ellen Pompeo Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Jul 2020
Ellen Pompeo Topics
I Hate Life
I didn't have any confidence as a young girl, because all the other girls had breasts and hips. I was always thin, always called the stick or the pencil. I didn't have a boyfriend until I was 16, and he was eight years older. My father was furious about this 24-year-old, and I had to hide the relationship.
I don't need dinner in a room with candles to feel romantic. I feel romantic waking up in the morning and looking at my boyfriend.
I wasn't allowed to wear makeup until I was 15, so I would put it on at school.
I don't think you need sadness to have drama. My boyfriend and I are very happy and we still manage to be dramatic every day.
I was raised by drag queens, practically...My mother died when I was four-years-old, so I was effectively raised by a bunch of different people. A lot of those people were friends of my sister, Kathleen, who had all these gay friends. She would baby-sit me everyday, and she would take me over to her friend's houses with all kinds of things going on: tucking, and eyebrow drawing, waxing, all sorts of things. I was literally raised by gay men.
I'm not gonna have a big wedding. It's not even gonna be necessarily a big event or anything like that. Very private. Just something between Chris and I. We want to have one thing for ourselves. You know. We want to have fun. We have a goal of trying to keep our marriage a secret for 24 hours. We're gonna try to keep that. That's our goal.
I wouldn't say I was a good drink maker, but I was a very good hustler. I'd abuse the customers, yell and scream at them and make them wait. If they put money down on the bar and it wasn't enough, I'd go wait on someone else who was giving me enough money. If they put another five down and I made them wait longer, pretty soon there would be $20 on the bar. Then I'd come over and give them a drink.
Growing up, I was horribly self-conscious about how skinny I was. You think it's never going to be as horrible as sixth, seventh, eighth grade when all the other girls are getting boobs. Now, all of a sudden, it's back to people saying things to me again.
I don't find acting to be a particularly noble way to make a living. I'm not saving anybody's life, I'm not a teacher, I'm not working for UNICEF. I don't think I'm some big deal.
It's awkward with Patrick because he's like my brother. As soon as the camera is off, I'm like, 'Is your hand on my butt?' But there are millions of girls who have been waiting for this, so I feel an obligation to the fans.
I just worry about the girls who look up to me...I don't want them to think I starve myself or don't eat, and that to be like me that's what they have to do.
The thing about series television is that is very difficult the aspect of never knowing where your character is going or where she'll end up. You know, we have no idea where the end of this is. Or what the end of each season is, for that matter. I guess it's made me a more adaptable actor, you know you sort of have to be more creative.
You never know, sort of, when they explain the stunt you say 'Oh, that sounds really simple and I can do that, it's no problem.' I sort of figured that I was just going to fall back on a mat, you know and that it will look fine. But you feet have to disappear. And you know the guys who come and do the stunts, they know so much about it and they make you feel so safe. So it's just fun, and you get to be on location and do something different.
To make it look believable they really have to pump on your chest. And after a while, of course your heart does respond. So my heart, I had, kept having this, like, palpitations. It's making me feel really strange to have people do CPR on me for hours and hours at the time. I don't think it's that great for you. So after the first day, I told Rob, who is directing the episodes, I said 'You have to get me some sort of, you know, chest plate.' So they got this plastic chest plates. I think they used the ones from, that the girls used for Charlie's Angels. They had 3 sort of busts and I think I got Demi's, and I wore that, under all the blankets so when they were doing CPR on me I didn't really have to feel the impact. So that made things a lot better for me.
It's pretty remarkable how many people the show touches...I think we are very lucky in that way so, I love when the fans come up to us because they usually have really interesting stories. We are very grateful to the fans, we would have no show without them, you know? You could have the best writing in the world, and you could have the best acting in the world, but if the fans don't tune in every week, there's no show. So, I think we have them to be the most thankful for.
Several members of my family have been admitted to the hospital since the show started, and when they feel like the treatment isn't good enough, they say, 'Do you know who my niece is?' And suddenly they're in the VIP area, getting pedicures in bed!
The trap is when you start to pay attention to that stuff and care, because in six months, they're going to be looking at someone else. You know how fickle everyone is. They love it, then they hate it, then they love it. So I'm going to enjoy it because it could be over at any minute.
It's gross. We use real brains. I think they're lamb or cow or something. Intestines smell. Brains don't really smell, but what's amazing about the brain is that it's almost like scrambled eggs or soft tofu, almost like a gel. The brain controls so much of what we do, but you could put your finger right through it.
When I'm doing a big crying scene, I go to a really dark place inside me. I almost torture myself by drawing on the emotions of my past.
Let's play a game of whose life sucks worse...I'll win, I always win
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