Ellen Pompeo will only star in eight episodes of Grey’s Anatomy’s 19th season, but she isn’t too worried about the future of the series — which she executive produces. “The show will be fine without me. I’m going to come back for the last chapter, and then we’ll see if we keep going for another year,” said the star of the medical drama.
In conversation with Deadline, the actress stressed that she will always be part of Grey’s Anatomy, even if she is not present in front of viewers. “I’m an executive producer on the show, I’ve spent two decades of my life on the show, it’s in my heart and soul. I will never truly leave while it is on display,” she summed up.
To make up for the absence of the protagonist, five new actors join the cast as a new group of residents: Alexis Floyd (Simone Griffin), Niko Terho (Lucas Adams), Midori Francis (Mika Yasuda), Adelaide Kane (Jules Millin) and Harry Shum Jr. (Daniel “Blue” Kwan). It’s the biggest change in the history of the series.
“We are trying to introduce a new generation. I’m excited for them, they’re all great actors. They are happy to be here, and we are happy to tell these new stories”, summarized Ellen Pompeo in the conversation. “For those of us who have been on Grey’s Anatomy since the beginning, it helps a lot to have new people coming on. It keeps everything fresher, so we’re thankful for them.”
The 19th season of Grey’s Anatomy is set to premiere on october 6th in the United States. In Brazil, the series is shown by Sony Channel, which has not yet announced when the episodes will air. Previous seasons are available on Star+, Prime Video and Globoplay.