Ellen Pompeo says “Demand Ownership of Your Work”

According to “Grey’s Anatomy” star Ellen Pompeo, women need to demand more of a stake in their work. “I think, like the music business, we need to get to a place where actors have more ownership over what they do. That should be part of this conversation we’re having now.” 

In addition to starring in the hit medical series, Pompeo is also a producer of the show and directs some episodes. To Pompeo, “an actor is the least powerful person on set,” so they should be more involved in the business aspect of the industry, she said. 

In 2017, Pompeo negotiated a deal that boosted her salary to more than $20 million a year, making her the highest-paid actress on a primetime drama.