During a panel hosted by Buzzfeed, Pompeo confessed that she doesn't want to work for other people.
"I definitely don't have a strong desire to act after Grey's," she said of her role on the show for 11 years. "I definitely feel myself transitioning. I don't find acting terribly empowering. For the place I am in my life, I think my age, once I hit 40, I feel differently. I don't necessarily want to work for other people."
Grey's Anatomy is heading into its 11th season this fall, and Pompeo admits she now feels like she has proved herself as an actress, thanks to her work on the show.
"With acting, I don't feel I have anything to prove anymore," she explained. "Grey's is in 97 countries or something, and we've had this blessing of all these wonderful fans who still love us 10 years later; I feel like we did it. And I don't have anything else to prove."
"I'd like to try and challenge myself. I feel like I got the acting thing. I would like to try and see if I could do something different, and be successful at something different. I feel like I'm very successful at acting, at my definition of success. Some other people want films or Oscars or whatever, and that’s their journey. For my journey, I kind of feel like I did the absolute top of what I could do with television, and I would like to try a new sport and see if I'm any good at something else," she added.
However, don't think the actress will be disappearing from your screens just yet. It's rumored that she has signed on for a potential Season 12 of the hit medical drama. But how would she feel going beyond that point?
"I can't possibly say," she answered. "I don't ever take anything for granted, and I would never be so arrogant as to assume the show would go to Season 12. If we're doing our jobs, then possibly we'll be grateful to get a Season 12, but I won't assume anything. Let's just make them happy now before we worry about making them happy four years from now."
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