Ellen Pompeo Quitting Acting? 'Grey's Anatomy' Star Says She Wants To 'Be Successful At Something Different'

Ellen Pompeo is one of television's most beloved stars with her role as Meredith Grey on Grey's Anatomy, but the actress may not be reading scripts much longer.

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The 44-year-old attended a BuzzFeed Brews panel discussion Wednesday that also included Scandal star Kerry Washington and Viola Davis from new series How To Get Away with Murder and dished on her future plans.

"I definitely don't have a strong desire to act after Grey's. I definitely feel myself transitioning," Pompeo said at the event held to discuss the work showrunner Shonda Rhimes. "I don't find acting terribly empowering."

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The actress said she desires to test new waters. "I don't necessarily want to work for other people," she said. "I did the absolute top of what I could do with television. ... I feel like I got the acting thing. I'd like to see if I could do something different and be successful at something different." 

However, this transition won't happen just yet. The actress, who has been on Grey's Anatomy since the first season premiered in 2005, is already signed on for two more years.

In the meantime, Pompeo will also be the executive producer of a new ABC show based on the 2013 book Debt by Rachel Carey.

Season 11 of Grey's Anatomy premieres on Thursday, Sept. 25 at 8/7c on ABC.

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