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Ellen Pompeo and Taraji P. Henson on ‘Toxic’ ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Culture, Fair Pay

Ellen Pompeo and Taraji P. Henson sat down for a chat for Variety’s Actors on Actors. For more, click here.

Taraji P. Henson and Ellen Pompeo are two of the most powerful women on television, sitting at the center of major broadcast hits. On Fox’s “Empire,” Henson’s Cookie Lyon has proved to be a fan favorite, while Pompeo’s Meredith Grey has kept viewers obsessed with ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” for a decade and a half — making the series history’s longest-running medical drama. Both stars, too, have found their voices, speaking out about inclusion and inequity in Hollywood.

TARAJI P. HENSON: Ellen, we’ve been living with your character for 15 years now. How was the character written on the page?

ELLEN POMPEO: When I read the script, the thing that stood out was that it was the lead character. I had been in a bunch of movies, but just the girlfriend or the wife. And then — listen, the nature of how she’s evolved is that I’m 15 years older. What about you when you read the pilot for “”?

TpH: I thought, “The NAACP, they’re going to get me for this one.” She calls one son, who’s gay, the F-bomb, and she beats one son with a broom. This is something that has never been shown on national television — certainly not by a black woman. When you’re a person of color, you have to be careful about the roles you pick. You want to uplift the people. Once I got past the fear, I was able to really see her. I didn’t want just black people to identify with her. I wanted every mother in the world to understand the sacrifices that only mothers can make.

EP: I think that Caucasian actresses don’t understand the nuanced struggles that you have as a black woman, and the roles you choose — what you’re sidestepping, what you want to make sure gets out there. It’s a whole different layer of difficulty that I certainly didn’t understand when I started my show. I knew that we were doing special things by showing people of color as doctors, which hadn’t been done on television in a long time. But when we’re young actresses you’re trying to get any role you can. You don’t have time to have empathy. I’ve had a tremendous education, not always in the most pleasant of ways. I’ve had to observe and have a lot of uncomfortable moments, which is fine, because I’m happy to have uncomfortable moments as long as I’ve learned.

TpH: That means you’re growing. Growth is uncomfortable. When I booked “Empire,” I had a momentum going that I’d been waiting my entire career for. I seized every opportunity. If I was getting 5 or 10 million a movie, I wouldn’t work so much. I’m working because I have bills to pay. I have dreams. I have to get it in.

EP: For me the performance that stands out is “Hustle & Flow.” Your quote should have shot up after that.

TpH: It did not. I think the industry knew I was talented. But it’s about money. Are you bankable? I had to continuously prove that. I’ve been trying to prove and improve. I was asking for half a million. I didn’t get paid that until I did my first Tyler Perry film. He was the first person who paid me $500,000. I was never in a position where I could not take a job; by the grace of God, they have all been really good characters. But it was never a situation where I was like, “I’m not going to do that.” Now, I’m finally there.

CREDIT: SHAYAN ASGHARNIA

EP: It’s impossible to have this conversation without talking about race. It’s such a significant piece of pay parity.

TpH: It’s not going to change until privilege reaches across the table and helps. Otherwise, we’re playing a rerun. The only narrative that I wish I could change is my money. It’s almost like they want this incredible performance for a discount price. The black movies — we don’t get big budgets. I have to wait until Scorsese or someone with a franchise film calls.

EP: You hear that? She wants a franchise movie. Who’s calling?

TpH: We’re going into our sixth season. How did you do 15? Was there any moment where you were like, “Child, I want off this bus”?

EP: There were many moments. It’s funny: I never wanted off the bus in the year that I could get off. The first 10 years we had serious culture issues, very bad behavior, really toxic work environment. But once I started having kids, it became no longer about me. I need to provide for my family.

TpH: I know that.

EP: At 40 years old, where am I ever going to get this kind of money? I need to take care of my kids. But after Season 10, we had some big shifts in front of the camera, behind the camera. It became my goal to have an experience there that I could be happy and proud about, because we had so much turmoil for 10 years. My mission became, this can’t be fantastic to the public and a disaster behind the scenes. Shonda Rhimes and I decided to rewrite the ending of this story. That’s what’s kept me. Patrick Dempsey left the show in Season 11, and the studio and network believed the show could not go on without the male lead. So I had a mission to prove that it could. I was on a double mission.

TpH: Were you and Patrick getting paid the same in the beginning?

EP: He was being paid almost double what I was in the beginning. He had a television quote. I had never done TV.

TpH: I know that story. Is there wine in this cup?

EP: “He’s done 13 pilots.” Well, none of them have gone. I didn’t even realize until we were renegotiating Season 3. No one was offering that up.

CREDIT: SHAYAN ASGHARNIA

TpH: That story sounds about like mine. But when all the tweets were about Cookie, I said, “It’s time to renegotiate. Can everybody sit down at the table, please?” I’d been in the game long enough to know the numbers game, and I knew Cookie had become iconic. You need her. So I need my money.

EP: My husband says, “Closed mouths don’t get fed.” But if you have to walk, don’t be a victim. If you don’t get what you want, put your big-girl panties on …

TpH: And bounce.

EP: You can know your worth, but if they don’t know it, you can’t cry.

TpH: I had to leave a show before, and it was the most money I’d ever seen in my life, and I was so miserable. It was stealing my joy. I just remember praying to God: “God, I’m not happy creatively.” And the next day, I called the producer. He got it. And I walked away, not even knowing where I was going. I ended up doing a play in Pasadena. I didn’t care about who was coming to the theater, executives or casting directors. It was about Taraji falling back in love with this craft. Fox had to woo me. I wouldn’t read the script. I was done with television.

EP: It’s a grind.

TpH: It’s really not for me. I had to say, “I want my money because I know what I bring to the table and I know the following that I have.” I know if there’s money to be had, I should be paid.

EP: I now have three kids. And we turned the culture around. I’ve hit some marks that have made me feel accomplished in a different way. Shonda Rhimes has been amazing. She lets us be mothers. I don’t have to travel. I don’t have to go anywhere.

TpH: I don’t know if I could do 15 seasons of Cookie.

EP: Are you involved in your storyline at all?

TpH: Absolutely. No one knows Cookie better than me.

EP: I haven’t been challenged creatively at all. Every once in a while we do an amazing storyline. But for the last five years, I’ve had other milestones that we were trying to achieve behind the camera.

TpH: For me, one of our proudest moments was with gay marriage. Because we didn’t know how the black community would accept Jamal, the gay son , because it’s so taboo. There’s still the homophobes on Twitter, but those are small voices compared to the resounding voices of love that he gets, the character. I’m just proud to be a part of this show that’s not afraid to get people talking. That’s the only way you’re going to get change.

EP: We have the most incredible community of actresses right now. Everybody is just pushing and taking all these old stereotypes and throwing them out the window.

TpH: I don’t want anyone that looks like me, or any woman at 40, to feel they have to stop being sexy on-screen. I’m not ready to just collect a check. I want to open films. I’ll be 49 this year.

EP: Me too.

TpH: And we still have an audience.

EP: We still have an audience.

TpH: We’re still bankable, and we’re still sexy as hell.

Grey’s Anatomy returned to ABC this week for its season 16 (16!) premiere. There doesn’t seem to be a finale in sight for TV’s longest-running medical drama—which Dr. Meredith Grey’s fans are surely relieved to hear. But if and when the lights go out at Seattle Grace Memorial Hospital, star Ellen Pompeo has an epic plan for the series finale.

On a visit to The Late Late Show With James Corden, Pompeo said she’d like the Grey’s Anatomy series finale to be a reunion like TV has never seen. Her dream finale wouldn’t just bring back Dr. Cristina Yang (played by Sandra Oh) or McDreamy (played by Patrick Dempsey). She’d want the entire original cast to return.

“I’d love to have some of the old cast come back,” she said. “But that probably won’t happen. But that would be the most amazing way to end.”

The reason it might not work out? There would be some logistical hurdles to clear if every single character returned, thanks to showrunner Shonda Rhimes’s legendary plot twists. “Some of them were killed on the show,” the actress noted.

And, Pompeo added, even the woman who brought us Meredith Grey for almost two decades can prescribe the wrong ending. “The ending, the final episode, matters so much,” she said. “And the fans are never going to be happy no matter what. Sopranos, Game of Thrones, they’re pissed no matter what you do. So there’s a lot of pressure on that final episode.”

But anything can happen on Grey’s Anatomy, so why not explore wild plot directions including the resurrection of the original cast? After all, this is the drama that gave viewers secret long-lost siblings, surgeries that doubled as bomb detonations, and musicals set at a hospital.

“You know, the fun thing about doing a show for 16 years and having a loyal, amazing, fantastic audience is we can really just play and have fun,” Pompeo said. And if any fandom could accept a crazy finale with open arms, it’s the legions who’ve been checked in to Seattle Grace Memorial’s dramas from the beginning.

Catch Pompeo’s entire Late Late Show interview below.

Ellen Pompeo’s Husband Stopped Watching ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Because of This Awkward Reason

  • I It was around 1911 when the well-loved stage actress Mary Pickford finally decided to leave her career to venture into the movie industry. Film director and screenwriter William DeMille was infuriated, saying that she was mindlessly giving up a lucrative career to become a mere cut-rate entertainer.
  • II Just four years later, Pickford was the most celebrated woman in the world, capturing hearts with her sweet personality and beguiling smile. With a long mane of ringlets and a love of youthful dresses, her image was the epitome of innocence; one played out in various silent dramas, including Rags (1915) and Tess of the Storm Country (1914). This image of hers completely captured the minds of the general public.
  • III Pickford’s hairdo cost fifty dollars each time she visited the hairdresser, which was quite pricey for back in the day. It has to be said though, that she owned that hairstyle during her time on set. Shining out from the silver screen, Pickford was everyone’s most beloved sweetheart. Crew members often stole the flowers from her hat as a memento and would fret if she was barefoot on set.
  • IV A man reportedly stared at her for two minutes straight, then burst his own bubble by telling her that she had the face of an angel and the heart of a devil.
  • V Cameramen used to call Pickford old monkeyface, which was why it was already clear for Pickford that light entertainment complimented her best. She often played characters who were initially downtrodden but then pulled themselves up and prevailed in the end. Some great examples of this story arc include The Little Princess (1917) and Daddy-Long-Legs (1919). Her abandoned or orphaned characters always maintained their kindness and optimism throughout their films.
  • VI When Pickford reached her 40s, she finally quit her career in front of the camera, switching her focus to living a relaxed lifestyle. The first (and, for some, only) true sweetheart of America stopped being an actress for good, devoting her time to being a philanthropist, producer, and civic ambassador.
  • Chris Ivery in Brief

    Despite the fact that Ivery is married to a rather famous actress, not much is known about him. Pompeo and her husband are very good at keeping their private lives private. That being said, here’s what we know about Ellen Pompeo’s husband. He was born in 1967, which puts Chris Ivery’s age at 50. He was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    With regards to his career, Ivery is a music producer. We haven’t been able to dig up much in regards to his work, but we do know that he co-wrote the song “Cheers (Drink to That)” which appeared in an episode of the hit show, Smash.

    Ivery and Pompeo

    As the story goes, Ivery and Pompeo met at a grocery store in Los Angeles, but didn’t actually start dating until about six months later. As they began dating, the couple discovered that not only did they both grow up in Massachusetts (Pompeo was born in Everett), but they actually grew up about 10 miles away from one another! As both grew up in the Boston area, Pompeo and Ivery are huge Boston Celtics fans, and have been seen at games a number of times.

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    Ivery proposed to Pompeo on her 37th birthday, and the two quietly got married at New York City Hall in November 2007. Attending the ceremony was then New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg. In 2009, the couple welcomed their first daughter, Stella, into the world. Their second child, Sienna, was born in 2014 through a surrogate. In 2016, the couple were blessed with a son, Eli Christopher.

    ❤️Eli Christopher❤️ Chris Ivery just fell a notch.. I’ve got a new guy

    A post shared by Ellen Pompeo (@ellenpompeo) on Dec 29, 2016 at 11:21am PST

    Ivery and Pompeo tend to live fairly simple lives outside of the spotlight. Pompeo has a very busy schedule, combined with the fact that her and Chris Ivery’s kids are still very young, so date nights are pretty simple and often at home. But Pompeo mentioned in interviews that the two do have quite a few lunch dates as it tends to fit their lives and schedules better.

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    While there have been numerous rumors and gossip over the years in regards to cheating and Chris Ivery and Ellen Pompeo’s relationship, a decade after they got married and three kids later, the two seem rock solid.

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    While Meredith Grey has been pretty open about her love life at Seattle Grace/Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital over the years, the same can’t be said for the actress who plays her. Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo is actually pretty hush-hush about her real-life McDreamy, a.k.a. her husband, Chris Ivery, who she has been married to since 2007.

    But while a lot has been kept under wraps over the years, we do know that Ellen and Chris (who is a music producer) met at a grocery store in Los Angeles back in 2003. After building a friendship for six months, the two decided to try dating. It was then that they discovered that they were both Bostonites.

    “We were six degrees our whole lives, so I feel like we were sort of meant to be,” she explained to People in 2006. “We’ll get married eventually, secretly.”

    In 2007, Ellen and Chris did just that. Wanting a small, quiet affair, the pair tied the knot at City Hall in New York City. New York City Mayor at the time Michael Bloomberg reportedly served as their officiant.

    “We flew out on a red-eye Thursday night. Friday morning, we woke up, went to City Hall, had the wedding really quick, and then we went to Lupa for lunch after,” Ellen explained on Live with Kelly and Ryan in 2017.

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    Since then, the couple have been pretty solid. In terms of what their relationship is like, Ellen once said that the two like to hang out a lot at home together.

    “We go out to dinner sometimes, but date nights really kind of happen inside at home. And actually, we both go to bed pretty early, so we do a lot of lunch dates, too.”

    More importantly, Ellen has said that Chris is a very “secure” guy, who never felt threatened, even when her work on Grey’s involved some steamy scenes with McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey).

    “My husband is a fantastic guy, and very, very secure,” Ellen told Queen Latifah in 2013. “I think that’s probably why I’m so into him — because he’s got so much swag. He’s just so secure that nothing shakes him.”

    Even though Ellen once questioned whether or not she wanted more than one kid, the couple have three children together: Stella, 10, Sienna, 5, and Eli, 2.

    In an interview with Parents.com, Ellen opened up about the dynamic of her family, saying that her oldest daughter, Stella, is truly amazing when it comes to taking on big-sister duties.

    “She’s super-helpful. Her little sister is a handful, so she’s amazing! I mean, I’m very lucky,” Ellen explained at the time. “I have a lot of great people who help me, and I have help from wherever I can get it!”

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    Yes!!! Halloween prep has officially started with this @lolsurprise It Baby thank you #LOLSurpriseIRL this was so much fun #Ad @lolsurprise @esteestanley

    A post shared by Ellen Pompeo (@ellenpompeo) on Oct 16, 2017 at 6:13pm PDT

    Her second daughter, Sienna, was born via surrogacy, which Ellen and Chris decided to keep private until the baby was born.

    “This is an incredible thing to do with your life, to give the gift of carrying someone’s child,” Ellen gushed after her daughter’s birth. “I was there with her when they inseminated her, and we held hands. I looked into the microscope and I saw the embryo.”

    All in all, it’s clear that Ellen is over the moon to have the family she has, even when it gets hard to establish a work-life balance.

    “It is challenging. You know, I have my days where I feel really guilty that I’ve been here every day if I have to work a lot,” she once told E!. “But the truth is I’m in a very blessed situation, I am so lucky.”

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    Chris Ivery is the lucky man who snagged Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo as a wife. Read on for the facts on their relationship, their media battles, and more.

    1. Pompeo Met Ivery at the Grocery Story

    Before Ellen was Meredith Grey (and before there even was a Meredith Grey), the love interest in Old School met music producer Chris in 2003, in a grocery store in Los Angeles. Ivery began dating Pompeo about six months later, after he says:

    One night she just looked different to me.

    The two happen to have a lot in common, particularly their background, which created a great bond between the two of them. Wetpaint reports:

    One of the first things Chris and Ellen realized that they had in common was the fact that they both grew up just outside Boston — but the serendipity didn’t stop there. Apparently they grew up “just 10 miles away from each other” near Cambridge, MA, where Harvard’s legendary campus is. These days, they are spotted sitting front row at Celtics games constantly.

    2. Ivery Married Pompeo at City Hall

    In November 2007, the couple wed in New York with a small ceremony. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg served as a witness at the ceremony, which took place at City Hall in Lower Manhattan by just a city clerk. People reported:

    After the nuptials, the newlyweds reportedly were seen at Sunday night’s Knicks game at Madison Square Garden, before the bride returned to Hollywood to continue shooting her series.

    Ivery proposed to Pompeo with a 3.5-carat diamond ring on her 37th birthday. Ivery’s not the only one with money, though. Pompeo’s net worth is approximately $30 million and she reportedly rakes in about $350,000 an episode, filming Grey’s Anatomy.

    3. The Two Were on an Episode of Punk’d Together

    When Ashton Kutcher was running the show Punk’d, Ellen Pompeo and her man Chris Ivery appeared on the show. Ivery was the accomplice and Pompeo definitely was fooled. The scene was Pompeo and her man dining at a restaurant with a very attractive waitress. Ivery then tips the waitress a very large amount for no reason and things get a little suspicious, creating a fire within Pompeo. Pompeo lets jealousy get the best of her and becomes angry at both Ivery and the waitress. It’s pretty hilarious.

    You can view the Punk’d episode by clicking here.

    4. Scandals Have Plagued the Couple

    Ellen Pompeo should just divorce Chris Ivery. this is making major news. Hes cheating again this was yesterday http://t.co/tFVXjkUJ

    — EllenPompeoAwards (@EllenPompeoWIN) February 17, 2012

    Divorce rumors and cheating scandals have plagued Ivery while together with Ellen ever since their wedding in 2007. The two have seemed to power through despite the rumors. Hollywood Life reported in 2012 that Ivery tried to “hook up” with a young girl at a Guns N’ Roses concert. A source told Hollywood Life:

    Chris started talking to this gorgeous brunette and they talked on and off for most of the night. Chris was very persistent. He was with some of his buddies and they were watching him flirt and try to get this girl to go home with him! He even asked her for her number in front of his friends … Chris asked the girl to make out with him and then he kept asking her to go home with him. He knew that she recognized him and knew who he was married to but he didn’t care. He was dead set on getting this girl to go home with him. But she felt weird about it and sorry for Ellen so she didn’t do it.

    Just today rumors were swirling that Pompeo and her hubby were on the outs.

    5. Their Daughter’s Name Is Stella Luna

    When Stella was a baby, Pompeo said that Ivery loved dressing her and buying clothes that matched his for her to wear. Their daughter is now 4 years old and Pompeo sometimes finds it hard to manage her marriage, being a mom, and being “Meredith Grey” on Grey’s Anatomy.

    Pompeo previously told E! News:

    I have my days where I feel really guilty that I’ve been here (on set) every day if I have to work a lot. But the truth is I’m in a very blessed situation, I am so lucky. All working mums have their challenges and I’m incredibly lucky compared to most. I can afford help and I’m fortunate where I can bring her here if I miss her.

    Ellen Pompeo Just Opened Up About Her Top-Secret Wedding to Chris Ivery

    Ten years-to the day!-after marrying Chris Ivery, Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo opened up about their private wedding. On November 9, exactly one decade after she and Ivery wed, Pompeo told Ryan Seacrest and Kelly Ripa that the couple made it official in New York City without a single wedding guest in attendance.

    The couple’s officiant, however, was pretty high-profile. “We got married here in City Hall and Mayor Bloomberg was our officiator,” she explained. “Yeah, it was very cool.” It was also very top-secret. “They took us on the subway underneath a tunnel. There are tunnels underneath City Hall!” Pompeo explained. “And then you come up, and you’re in the mayor’s office. There’s a bookshelf and then, you just walk in and you’re in his office.”

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    The wedding took place during the fourth season of Pompeo’s hit Grey’s Anatomy, which meant she had reached peak-celebrity status. “At that point, I was really dying for privacy. So we flew out on a redeye Thursday night. Friday morning, we woke up, went to City Hall, had the wedding really quick, and then we went to a waffle lunch after,” she revealed. “We had the whole weekend and no one knew.” The newlyweds finished off the weekend with a Knicks game before flying home to California.

    Pompeo and Ivery met in a Los Angeles grocery store in 2003 and began dating six months later. After a few years together, Ivery proposed on the actress’s 37th birthday. Today, they share three children, Stella, Sienna, and Eli. Pompeo rarely talks about her husband in the press, but she isn’t shy about posting about him (and her kids!) on social media. “Chris Ivery just fell a notch…I’ve got a new guy,” she joked on Instagram, with a photo of her husband cuddling their newborn son.

    Ellen Pompeo Has A Simple Secret To Her Marriage With Chris Ivery Who Gave Her “The Three Greatest Blessings”

    When you’re a trailblazing woman with a head full of ambitions, the biggest blessing you can have in your life is a partner who stands by you and pushes you on through it all. For Ellen Pompeo, she’s found that blessing in her beloved husband, Chris Ivery.

    The two of them grew up just minutes apart in Boston but only met in 2003. “We were friends for six months; then one night she just looked different to me,” Chris Ivery, a record-producer, told People.

    “We were six degrees our whole lives, so I feel like we were sort of meant to be,” Ellen Pompeo said.

    They quietly got married in 2007 at City Hall in New York and at the time, the actress’s spokeswoman reportedly told the Globe that “they are over the moon”.

    When Ellen Pompeo spoke about her low-key wedding on Live with Kelly and Ryan, according to Good Housekeeping, she said, “We flew out on a red-eye Thursday night. Friday morning, we woke up, went to City Hall, had the wedding really quick, and then we were to Lupa for lunch after.”

    What makes them a perfect match is how they are genuinely able to enjoy each other’s success.

    “My husband is not at all intimidated by my drive, or my bossiness,” the Grey’s Anatomy star shared. “I never thought I’d be at the height of my career at 48 years old. I’m at the top of my game, with no end in sight.”

    “It’s really important for men to be on board,” she said about being successful.

    Chris Ivery echoes the same sentiment and admits that they are each other’s biggest fans. “What’s the secret? We’ve been doing it for a long time. I think the secret is taking the time that we need,” he told Us Weekly. “Like if it’s me and her and we need a date night, we take it. It’s just sort of supporting each other… She’s my biggest fan. I’m her biggest fan.”

    Always supporting her in everything she does, Chris Ivery seems to be the kind of person who’s confident of himself. Ellen Pompeo described her husband to Queen Latifah and said, “My husband is a fantastic guy, and very, very secure. I think that’s probably why I’m so into him — because he’s got so much swag. He’s just so secure that nothing shakes him.”

    The couple has three children together, Stella, Sienna, and Eli, and she praised her husband for giving her the three greatest blessings. “This man has been my rock… my soulmate …my protector and has given me the three greatest blessings in my life,” the actress wrote on Instagram. “I don’t know how I got so lucky but Wow am I grateful. I don’t take one minute with you or our beautiful babies for granted. Thank you for your love CI… you are my everything.”

    The two of them are always honest with each other even when it can be difficult. “I have a tendency to be a little bit bossy just because I’m juggling so many things,” she said. “He’s really good about letting me know when I’m talking to him like an employee. Occasionally, I get told ‘I don’t work for you, don’t speak to me like that,’ which is okay. I need to hear it if I’m not coming correct.”

    They have happily spent over a decade with each other and when she was asked about the secret to her marriage, she said, “Just don’t try to change people. They are who they are, and they were fine when you married them, so don’t expect them to change.”

    Grey’s Anatomy

    It looks like Ellen Pompeo had a lot more to celebrate last weekend than her 38th birthday! And we wondered what they were doing in New York.

    The star of Grey’s Anatomy and her longtime boyfriend/fiance, music producer Chris Ivery, quietly got married on Friday at New York’s City Hall, where none other than Mayor Michael Bloomberg served as their witness.

    Appropriately, Pompeo and Ivery got engaged almost exactly a year ago while celebrating the actress’ 37th birthday. Ellen Pompeo, an Everett, Mass., native, repeatedly professed that she and Chris Ivery would prefer a quiet wedding.

    And how low-key it was.

    A city clerk performed the minutes-long ceremony with only Michael Bloomberg – like Pompeo and Ivery, a Boston-area native (he grew up in Medford, Mass.) – and First Deputy Mayor Patti Harris accompanying the couple.

    Congratulations to Ellen Pompeo and Chris Ivery from all of us!

    “They are over the moon,” Ellen Pompeo’s spokeswoman, Jennifer Allen, told the Boston Globe yesterday. The discreet newlyweds were spotted courtside at the New York Knicks game Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.

    Ellen Pompeo was back in Hollywood yesterday filming Grey’s Anatomy, which is expected to shut down production soon because of the writers’ strike.

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