The Most Powerful Quotes from Ellen Pompeo’s Candid Interview About Fighting for Her $20 Million Paycheck

Ellen Pompeo is set to become the highest-paid actress in primetime television, taking home a $20 million paycheck, but she didn’t get there without a fight.

The “Grey’s Anatomy” star gave a raw and candid interview with The Hollywood Reporter about her new deal. The actress revealed her long and bitter battle to get paid what she felt she deserved for her 14-year tenure as the star of one of ABC’s most popular shows of all-time.

Pompeo gives plenty of credit for her success to show creator Shonda Rhimes who, as her mentor and boss, helped empower the actress to “ask for what you think you’re worth.”

And, she opens up about her “tumultuous” relationship with Patrick Dempsey.

Here are the 10 most poignant and powerful quotes from her sitdown with THR:

In addition to her approximate $575,000 per episode, Pompeo is getting a producing free, pilot commitments and office¬†space for her production company and some of the backend of spin-offs from “Grey’s.”

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how it is done.