Ellen Pompeo’s new podcast, Tell Me, is finally here and as promised, she’s interviewing people “who do extraordinary things.”
One of those people is “somebody that nobody knows” she jokes, referring to somebody that everybody knows – McDreamy himself, Patrick Dempsey.
The 42-minute episode is an honest and rather delightful chat between two friends who haven’t caught up in awhile. There’s lots of laughter and entertaining trips down memory lane including that musical episode of Grey’s Anatomy (if you know, you know) and the time Ellen and guest director Denzel Washington had a heated exchange, then got over it and moved on. They also talk about being in each other’s “orbit” before even filming the show and Patrick’s new musical project with Disney, Disenchanted.
But perhaps the best part of their chat comes when Ellen – who makes a great interviewer, by the way – asks Patrick about the incredible work he’s doing to support cancer patients and their families through the Dempsey Centre.
It’s a space he created to support cancer patients, their caregivers and families through nutrition and mindfulness programs and was inspired by the loss of his own mother, Amanda, to ovarian cancer in 2014.
“The centre was created in her memory and to help other people and other families impacted by cancer,” Patrick says before explaining how it was his time on Grey’s that gave him the opportunity to create the centre:
“Fame has it’s good and its bad but I think this has been the most positive thing that’s come out of Grey’s Anatomy.”
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“You start to see, ok, this is what life is about. This is the meaning. It’s being empathetic and giving back and I think that’s what the most important thing is.”
And that is precisely what makes Ellen’s podcast so good.
In a time where the world is divided more than ever, where there is so much hate and negativity in the digital space, and where we often forget to see each other as humans-in-progress, just figuring out this life as we go along, Tell Me is a refreshing reminder about the bigger picture. About purpose. And empathy. And connection. And people doing good in the world. It’s hopeful. And it’s funny.
And you get to know Ellen as Ellen after 18 seasons of knowing her as Dr Meredith Grey!
There are three episodes of Tell Me out so far (the others feature actress and activist Yara Shahidi and author Michelle Harper) with more to come weekly. You can check it out HERE.
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