Pompeo commended her co-star for making the statement, further emphasizing that she was “ballsy” for telling the truth at the time.
“She was 100 percent right,” Pompeo said. “And had she said that today, she'd be a complete hero. But she’s ahead of her time, made a statement about our crazy hours and of course, [it was like] let’s slam a woman and call her ungrateful.”
Walsh agreed with Pompeo and said the entire filming process wasn’t “natural.” She added, “There’s nothing human about it.”
Heigl portrayed Dr. “Izzie” Stevens for six seasons until making an official departure in 2010. She was a part of the original five interns, which included Meredith Grey (Pompeo), Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh), George O’Malley (T.R. Knight) and Alex Karev (Justin Chambers).
The role earned her several accolades, including the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2007.
Well said, Ellen.
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