Ellen Pompeo has become known to the world for starring as "Meredith Grey" on Grey's Anatomy, continuing to play the role to this day! During the Emmy Awards red carpet on Sunday night, Pompeo opened up to Entertainment Tonight's Nischelle Turner about why she has stayed with the show for over a decade.

Pompeo says she has "been trying to get away" from Grey's Anatomy

Pompeo was candid about her feelings towards Grey's Anatomy, revealing that while she has "been trying to get away" from ABC's hit medical drama "for years," there's one factor that has kept her on the series. She explained that she has developed "strong relationships at the network," and has been "incentivized" to continue starring on the show.

Grey's Anatomy will be going into season 18 this fall, and Pompeo commented on the fact that the series hasn't seem to run out of material, despite being on the air since 2005. "Miraculously, we keep coming up with ways to have a reason to stay," she said. Last season, Grey's Anatomy took its inspiration from the real-life struggle of medical staff around the world, with many storylines reflecting the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Ellen Pompeo as "Meredith Grey" in Grey's Anatomy

Pompeo also commented on what it's been like to work with familiar faces again. It was recently announced that Kate Walsh would be returning to Grey's Anatomy in the new season, reprising her role as "Addison Montgomery". She called Walsh "amazing," and said that having old castmates come back, such as Patrick Dempsey and T.R. Knight, has been "so fun and so nostalgic." Earlier this year, Pompeo shared how she wants Grey's Anatomy to end, so hopefully she gets her wish when the show does wrap up!