Ellen Pompeo Directing Grey's Anatomy Season 13

Ellen Pompeo to Make Grey's Anatomy Directorial Debut This Season

It took 13 years, but Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo will boldly follow in several of her co-stars’ footsteps when she directs an episode of the ABC medical drama this spring, TVLine has learned.

Pompeo’s episode will go into production in early February and air later this season.

Series creator Shonda Rhimes has a long history of embracing her actors’ directorial ambitions. On Grey’s, Chandra Wilson and Kevin McKidd are essentially part of the show’s regular directing rotation, with each helming several episodes a season.

ABC confirmed Pompeo’s inaugural directing effort, but declined to provide details about the episode’s storyline. It’s probably safe to say Meredith will be used sparingly though.

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  1. Matt C. says:

    Aww, yay! Good for her. Can’t wait to see the episode!

  2. Courtney says:

    I am so excited.

  3. Andrew Hass says:

    I think that’s great for Ellen Pompeo and some actors do go into directing to see how things are on the other side of the camera.

  4. kmw says:

    Good for her and I bet it will be good. However Emily Deschanel over at Bones directed an episode this season and she was in it quite a bit but I know Grey’s has a bigger ensemble so it is most likely going to be a lite Meredith episode. Still its nice to see long running female stars to get a chance to do something else

  5. kn1231 says:

    Great opportunity for Ellen! Let’s hope she gets some great material to work with, she deserves it!

  6. Jessica says:

    Very exciting news!!! Good for Ellen. :))

  7. lea says:

    AWESOME!!! Can’t wait for the episode and hope it will also have some good amount of Meredith scenes.

    Hey, Tvline please interview Ellen Pompeo!