fans of gray’s anatomy Season 18 is ready to premiere. With Ellen Pompeo still anchoring the medical drama as Dr. Meredith Gray from Season 1, the actor has worked with several directors over the years. When Academy Award winner Denzel Washington took a turn behind the camera on the ABC show, he and Pompeo had a bit of a scuffle after a particular scene.
Season 12: ‘The Sound of Silence’
Pompeo has recently been invited gray’s anatomy Alum Patrick Dempsey (Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd) on his podcast, Tell Me With Ellen Pompeo. When talks turned to directing, Pompeo recalled when Washington headed the set for an episode in season 12, “The Sound of Silence”. The story follows how Meredith is brutally attacked by a patient, resulting in a broken jaw and hospitalized.
During the scene where the perpetrator apologizes to Meredith, Pompeo decided to add some lines that weren’t in the script.
“He made this choice to speak very softly,” Pompeo said of the guest actor who played the attacker. Yahoo! entertainment. “And [Meredith] was annoyed that [she] He was supposed to sit there listening to this apology, and he wasn’t looking at her [her] in the eye Then again, we love actors who make choices, right? And I yelled at him, and I was like, ‘Look at me when you apologize. see me.’ And he wasn’t into dialogue, and Denzel went ham on my a**.
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Ellen Pompeo Said ‘He Got Mad At Me’
Apparently, Washington did not like Pompeo’s decision to reform the scene and told him of his disapproval in no uncertain terms. for a long time gray’s anatomy The star had no problem standing in front of the superstar.
“He got mad at me,” she told Dempsey. “He was like, ‘I’m the director. You don’t tell him what to do.’ And I was like, ‘Listen, Mother, this is my show. This is my set. Who are you telling?’ Like, ‘You barely know where the bathroom is.’ “
Pompeo reiterated that she held Washington in high esteem, but felt she needed to emphasize her creative choices. “I have a lot of respect for him as an actor, as a director, as everything,” he added. “But like, yo, we went to that one day.”
Ellen Pompeo calls working with Denzel Washington a ‘wonderful experience’
Washington’s wife, Pauletta, is a big fan of gray’s anatomy And came on the sets when her husband was directing the episode. Pompeo gives them some information about their dustup.
“I was like, ‘Yeah, he yelled at me today. Yeah, he let me take it today, and I’m not okay with him, and I’m not looking at him, and I’m not talking to him,’” Pompeo remembered. “So we didn’t get through it without a fight, but you know, it’s you actors — passionate and furious — and that’s where you get the magic, and that’s where you get the good stuff.” So it was an amazing experience, it really was.”
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Despite their altercations on set, gray’s anatomy Star praised Washington and his “super charismatic” personality.
“Denzel is like that – his energy is just insane,” commented Pompeo. “He has this vibration, doesn’t he? Some actors just have an energy and a chemistry – like, superstars are superstars for a reason… there’s just an energy and a vibration that gives them that Makes super charismatic. Patrick [Dempsey] It is, Obama has it. Anyone I’ve ever met is like crazy charismatic, and Denzel has it in spades, for sure. “