“I think I’d like to see things happen a little more subtly and over time.”
So it’s not surprising if she has an opinion on the nuts and bolts of the show itself – but still, her final comments on all things Grey’s excel.
In a recent episode of her Tell me with Ellen Pompeo podcast, the actor revealed her thoughts on how the show has dealt with social issues over the years.
“I think if I honestly had a desire to be less preachy about certain things in one episode,” she said, before citing a recent episode on anti-Asian hate crimes that was “really moving.”
“I think I’d like to see things a little more subtle and over time,” she continued, before expanding on what that means to her.
Ellen explained that, instead of “constantly” [hitting] you overlook for just an hour,” Grey’s should “touch with these social issues that are important and let them run like a thread throughout.”
So essentially Ellen is saying that: Grey’s should address social issues with nuance and consistency, rather than addressing them occasionally when the mood strikes.
But Ellen might not be around too often to see these potential changes take place, as she will have a smaller role in the show’s upcoming 19th season.
According to Entertainment Weekly, she will only appear in eight episodes of the upcoming season, although she will continue to serve as the show’s executive producer. So we’ll see how everything in the show plays out from here regardless.
Listen to the entire podcast episode here.