GREY's Anatomy Ellen Pompeo says she will leave the show 'sooner rather than later'.
The actress has been on the show since it began in 2005 and is now starting to think about the best time to hang up her doctor's jacket.
The 50-year-old appeared on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast and explained her thoughts on her character and when she may exit the drama.
She explained: "I do not want to be the grapes dying on the vine.
"Already to watch myself age from 33 to 50 now onscreen, that’s not so fun. Because you really see it because I’m in the same clothes, I’m in the same character. The way I see myself aging, that’s a motherf**ker."
She added: "But certainly, I think to dip out sooner rather than later, at this point, having done what we’ve done, to leave when the show is still on top, is definitely a goal. I’m not trying to stay on the show forever. No way. The truth is, if I get too aggravated and I’m no longer grateful there, I should not be there."
Starring as Dr. Meredith Grey, Chief of General Surgery at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital, Ellen is thankful for the opportunities on the show, especially being able to become a producer.
Ellen said: "The not getting bored and phoning it in, it’s a marathon, not a sprint. You’ve got to know when you can slow down and when you can speed up. I just try and check myself all the time.
"Being engaged in the story and having some control over my storyline and talking about things that I think are interesting is kind of what helps."
She continued: "What at this juncture keeps me going is because the show is such a monster, we have this enormous platform and we have some sort of leeway to talk about human trafficking, to talk about sexual assault, to talk about big pharma."
Ellen's co-star Richard Flood has revealed some details on a love triangle involving her character Meredith, Cormac Hayes and Andrew DeLuca in season 17.
While Richard, 38, remained tight-lipped, he told The Metro it would be interesting to see how the love triangle develops.
"There's definitely a bit of a love triangle there between Cormac, Meredith and Andrew DeLuca so it will be interesting to see how that develops, that's all I can say."
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