Ellen Pompeo discusses the possibility of Grey's Anatomy episode revolving around coronavirus.
Ellen Pompeo is often tasked with filming scenes inspired by real-life events on Grey's Anatomy. Inevitably, the on-screen Dr. Meredith Grey discussed the possibility of covering the COVID-19 pandemic in one of the future episodes.
The 50-year-old has played the character so long; you could be forgiven for thinking she's an actual doctor. Last month, she displayed her appreciation for the medical workers on the front lines amid the ongoing global health crisis.
The actress shared a video on her Instagram account, where she said:
"This is just from me and my family to all of you to say thank you, we appreciate you, we love you. Stay safe. Nurses rock. Doctors rock and anyone who works in a hospital or the healthcare industry, you rock."
Following the suspension of the series and subsequently the season 16 getting cut short, the actress spoke to Variety, shedding light on the future of the medical drama and whether or not coronavirus could spawn a new storyline. The 50-year-old said:
"I thought about it. Obviously, we don't want to get too political here, but I was just watching the news, and I saw a clip of Barack Obama in 2014, saying that a pandemic was inevitable and that we should be prepared for it."
While an episode on coronavirus is yet to be discussed, Grey's Anatomy is not shy to shed light on the flaws in America's healthcare system and has done so on numerous occasions in the past. In fact, they've previously touched on citizens not having health insurance in one of the episodes when a young child was in need of a critical surgery but could not afford the expenses.
Pompeo reckons it's crucial to touch on real-life issues, and she's proud to have such platform where they can share stories through the medium of entertainment to a much larger audience, while providing subtle messages and bringing light to the issue that doesn't get enough coverage from mainstream media.