Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo can’t stand the kind of relationship Meredith and Derek shared in the series.
In particular, speaking on her podcast, Tell Me with Ellen Pompeo, Ellen confessed that one scene, which appears in season 2, episode 5, actually “horrified” her to the point where she didn’t even want to shoot it.
For those that don’t remember that episode, here’s a reminder of how exactly that scene went down.
In an attempt to get Derek to choose her over his then-wife Addison, Meredith begs him, saying: “It’s simple: her, or me. And I’m sure she’s really great. But, Derek, I love you. In a really, really big, pretend to like your taste in music, let you eat the last piece of cheesecake, hold a radio over my head outside your window, unfortunate way that makes me hate you, love you. So pick me. Choose me. Love me.”
“When I read that scene, I was horrified,” Ellen confessed. “‘I’m going to beg a man?’ And then on top of it, Meredith’s sobbing. I don’t know if it was in the script or not, or if our set producers wanted me to cry when I was doing that scene…”
Ellen continued: “And what’s funny about that scene is that I’m bawling my eyes out, but I’m bawling not for the reasons in the scene. I’m bawling because I can’t believe I’m on TV begging a man to love me.”