In the grand medical drama that is Grey’s Anatomy, the mid-aughts saw more than just surgical procedures and tangled love affairs—it was also the era of behind-the-scenes drama that made headlines.
Fast forward to today, and Ellen Pompeo, the show’s veteran and executive producer, is scrubbing back into the past, offering a dose of retrospective wit and a generous serving of praise for her former co-star, Katherine Heigl.
Heigl once labeled the villain of Grey Sloan Memorial, faced the firing squad of public opinion when she dared to criticize the intense working conditions on set.
Fast forward again, and Pompeo, in an episode of her Tell Me podcast, is raising a figurative glass to Heigl’s audacity, branding her comments as “ballsy.”
It seems Heigl’s time-traveling truth bombs have finally found an ally in Pompeo, who insists that Heigl wasn’t just speaking her mind; she was, in fact, a pioneer of workplace honesty.
Pompeo doesn’t shy away from pointing out the double standards that often plague outspoken women in the industry she asserts. The truth, it seems, has aged like fine wine, and Pompeo is pouring a glass for everyone to savor.
The once “crazy, crazy hours” are now history, replaced by a more actor-friendly environment that, according to Pompeo, translates to less on-set drama.
The tale of Heigl, however, is one with a bittersweet melody. While she has ventured into various projects, including Netflix’s remains a heavy shadow.
The irony, of course, is that Heigl’s candidness and boldness were ahead of their time, and now, in a more progressive era, her comments would likely be celebrated rather than criticized.
The industry’s attitude toward outspoken women has shifted, and as Pompeo puts it, happier actors contribute to a more harmonious production.
While Heigl has expressed interest in a return to tie up loose ends for her character, creator Shonda Rhimes remains firm in her stance, declaring she’s unequivocally “done with that story.” The real-life drama surrounding the show, however, seems far from reaching its final act.