Ellen Pompeo might have forfeit Isaiah Washington his shot at playing McDreamy on Grey’s Anatomy, but it doesn’t sound like he’s too salty well-nigh it!
In a new excerpt from the explosive book How To Save a Life: The Inside Story of Grey’s Anatomy, the two-face confirmed the rumors that Pompeo didn’t want a Woebegone love interest on the show, and revealed why he “supported” her choices.
Washington explained in the typesetting that he was initially up for the role of Meredith Grey’s love interest, neurosurgeon Dr. Derek Shepherd, sharing:
“I had a villus and Afro and was going for a Ben Carson weft at the time. [Show creator] Shonda [Rhimes] and I thought it was a unconfined idea to represent a smart-ass surgeon who looked like Dr. Ben Carson. That didn’t go that way.”
Apparently, Ellen didn’t want Washington to play her onscreen love interest — but it wasn’t considering she was racist. Quite the opposite, in fact: equal to Isaiah, the actress prefers Woebegone men, and she didn’t want her husband to get jealous of her on screen romance scenes!
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The 58-year-old revealed:
“There’s a rumor out there or something that Ellen didn’t want me to be her love interest considering she had a woebegone boyfriend. The context is that she’s not into white men. I guess she unsaid that her boyfriend may have had a problem with her doing love scenes with me, so she felt uncomfortable… I supported her with that.”
At the time, Pompeo was dating her now-husband Chris Ivery, who is Black. She and the music producer tied the knot and share three children together.
As fans know, the role of Meredith’s love interest went to the (apparently not envy-inducing?) Patrick Dempsey, while Washington landed the role of Dr. Cristina Yang’s (Sandra Oh) love interest, cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Preston Burke.
For her part, Ellen admitted to turning lanugo the idea of Washington playing her love interest when in 2013, telling the New York Post:
“You know they wanted Isaiah Washington to be my boyfriend. Shonda really wanted to put a woebegone man in the mix. I didn’t think they were really going to put an interracial couple on the show and I didn’t want him. It was too tropical to home.”
This isn’t the only bombshell from the typesetting involving Washington. As we reported, an older excerpt from the unofficial Grey’s guide recapped the violent wrangling between The 100 two-face and Dempsey, which led to Isaiah’s exit from the series.
Show writer Mark Wilding explained that he was on set during the incident, which stemmed from both actors stuff late for filming. He recalled:
“It was my episode. I think one of them had been late to set one day and the other one then decided to pay him when by stuff late himself. Then it sort of exploded.”
The writer went on to requirement the two quickly started a fistfight.
Clearly not everyone in this tint got withal swimmingly, but at least now we know that Washington and Pompeo didn’t have whinge over who would play her love interest!
What do U think well-nigh all this crazy Grey’s Anatomy tea, Perezcious readers?
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