Ellen Pompeo is best known for portraying a brilliant, albeit complicated, doctor on Grey’s Anatomy, and fans of the show will know that Meredith Grey has endured her share of heartbreaking and dramatic moments. However, in Pompeo’s real-life, things appear to be far more simple.
She’s been married to her husband, Chris Ivery, since 2007 (after meeting at a grocery store in 2003), and together, the couple is raising three children; Stella, Sienna, and Eli Christopher. And if there is one role that Pompeo really loves, it’s being a mom! She has managed to balance her work commitments and motherhood, and has been photographed spending quality time with her children on multiple occasions. Below are some photos which give a glimpse into Ellen Pompeo’s life as a mother.
20 Ellen Pompeo Is A Mama To Three Really Cute Kids
Ellen Pompeo is best known for her role as Meredith Grey on Grey’s Anatomy, and although she’s a talented (and overly complicated doctor), she’s also a mom. And Pompeo is a mom in real life, too.
According to Romper, Pompeo and her husband, Chris Ivery, share three kids; Stella, Sienna, and Eli Christopher.
19 She’s One Of TV’s Highest Paid Actresses, But She’s Often Photographed Spending Quality Time With Her Kids
Ellen Pompeo really got her big break thanks to Grey’s Anatomy, and she has managed to balance motherhood and her work commitments, although it hasn’t always been easy.
“It’s hard to leave an infant,” Pompeo told People in 2010, after the birth of her first child, Stella. “Everything in your gut goes against that. Being a mother is the most fun job I’ve ever had.”
18 Despite The Paps Getting Photos Of Her Family, She Prefers To Keep Her Private Life, Well, Private!
Ellen Pompeo does speak about motherhood in interviews, and occasionally shares photos of her beautiful family on social media, but she appears to be careful not to share too much. According to Romper, compared to other celebrity children (Blue Ivy and North West come to mind), Pompeo and her husband have decided to keep their kids “out of the public eye,” at least, for the most part.
17 Her Children Are Biracial, And This Is Something She Feels Is Important To Discuss
Ellen Pompeo’s children are biracial, and this is something she wants to speak about, because, as Newsday notes, she feels that there can be misconceptions surrounding what it’s like to raise biracial children.
"These are important conversations to have, and if you're afraid to talk about it then that's a problem right there," Pompeo told Jada Pinkett Smith on Red Table Talk (via Newsday).
16 They May Live A Life Of Luxury, But Ellen Tries To Keep Her Children’s Lives As Normal As Possible
Ellen Pompeo does speak about motherhood, and she has been photographed with her children, but she doesn’t want them to become mini-celebrities. Instead, she wants them to live a life that is as close to normal as possible.
In an interview with Today’s Parent in 2010, Pompeo explained that she finds it “challenging” to keep her daughter Stella out of the public eye, but she tries her best. I also have to keep her life as normal as possible,” she added.
15 She Supports Children’s Charities And Encourages Others To Do The Same
Ellen Pompeo loves her own children, but she also cares about the children in the world whose parents do not have the financial means that she does. She has spoken about her “favorite” charity, Baby2Baby, on her social media, and told fans that she was honored to be a part of it, and accept a large donation of Pull-Ups Training Pants “for the low-income babies they serve.”
14 Ellen Pompeo And Her Husband Introduced Their Son To The New York Knicks At A Young Age
It seems that Ellen Pompeo and her husband, Chris Ivery, are big fans of basketball, and they have been photographed several times enjoying a game. It also seems as though they are trying to introduce their son to the sport from a young age, as shown by this photo of their family outing to the New York Knicks game in November 2018!
13 They’re Doing Their Best As Parents, Even If Their Children Are Sometimes Photographed With Scowls
There is no such thing as a perfect parent or a perfect family, and there will always be highs and lows when raising children. This photo of Ellen Pompeo, Chris Ivery, and their daughter, Stella, is not a low, but it does show that kids don’t always like strolling around with their parents — or maybe it was the fact that they had paparazzi following them!
12 She's A TV Doctor (Thanks To Shonda Rhimes) And Her Little Girl Now Has Dreams Of Becoming A Medical Professional
Grey’s Anatomy is the brainchild of Shonda Rhimes, and the show has been a massive success — it’s already in its 15th season— and the star of that show is Ellen Pompeo!
Pompeo and Rhimes seem to be close not just on a professional level, but also on a personal level, and Pompeo has spoken about their relationship, writing on social media that they had begun their journey 15 years ago, and she appreciates it all!
11 She’s Not A Perfect Mom (There’s No Such Thing) And She’s OK With That
Fans of Ellen Pompeo probably don’t need another reason to like her, but it certainly helps that she is very down-to-earth. In an interview with Today’s Parent in 2010, she was asked how she manages to juggle her various commitments, to which she replied: “Every mother balances things... I’m certainly nobody to be giving advice about anything. I’m certainly not perfect or better than anybody else.”
10 She’s Not Afraid To Admit She Has Help, And Has Celebrated Her Baby Nurse
Some moms feel as though they have to raise their children all on their own, but if there are times when they are struggling, there is no shame in asking for help. Ellen Pompeo wanted her fans to know that it’s OK to admit you need someone to help out, and she has a “fantastic” baby nurse named Jackie.
“She helps me,” she told Ellen DeGeneres (via People). “I’d be nowhere without her because I work long days and I need help caring for him [her son, Eli Christopher].”
9 She’s A Hands-On Mom, But She Also Needs 'Me Time'
Ellen Pompeo is a hands-on mom, but every mom will know that there are times when they need to focus on themselves, and there’s nothing wrong with this! According to Moms.com, Pompeo told Working Mother that it’s important for moms not to forget to take care of themselves.
"I focus on self-care every day, because if I’m not OK, then who is going to take care of my children?” she said. “I have an amazing husband, and I’m really lucky, but I need to take care of myself to be able to take care of my kids…”
8 She Encourages Her Children To Stand Up For What’s Right
Ellen Pompeo is raising her children to be fearless and to speak their minds.
In an interview with InStyle, she was asked what she wanted her daughters to know about navigating today’s world, to which she replied: “To not be afraid. When something doesn't feel right or seem right, or you see something that isn't right, speak up.”
7 Getting Ice Cream And Going About Errands With Children Is Not Always Glamorous
Whether you’re an actress or a regular mom, it doesn’t matter, if you’re going about errands with your children, it’s seldom glamorous. But this only makes us love Ellen Pompeo even more, because when she’s going on errands with her children, she doesn’t wear heels and designer dresses, or have a full face of makeup!
6 Sure, Ellen Pompeo Is A Superstar, But She’s Also A Mama (Who Goes To Parties With Her Daughter)
This photo appears to show us that Ellen Pompeo does many normal things with her children, including taking them to birthday parties. But she is not a perfect mother, and she does not pretend to be, telling InStyle that “every mistake and every moment is a teaching moment.” She also admitted to making many mistakes, but she doesn’t beat herself up about it because she knows that this is a completely normal part of motherhood.
5 If You Need Inspiration On How To Be A Mom And A Multi-Tasker, Look No Further!
We know Ellen Pompeo is a good multi-tasker because she is able to balance her work commitments with motherhood. But we didn’t know the extent of her skills until we saw this photo of her, holding her infant in one hand, and her yoga mat in the other — although we can’t be sure exactly how much she accomplished with her baby in tow.
4 She’s A Big Fan Of Basketball (And Bringing Her Kids Along For The Game)
Earlier on this list, we mentioned that Ellen Pompeo and her husband are big fans of basketball, and they were photographed with their son at a game when he was just one. But she has also been snapped enjoying front row seats with her daughter, Stella.
According to Daily Mail, Pompeo is a big fan of the Los Angeles Lakers.
3 Her Husband, Chris Ivery, Is A Great Man!
Relationships in Hollywood are not exactly known for their longevity, but Ellen Pompeo and her husband, Chris Ivery, are certainly an exception to that statement. The couple has been married since 2007 (they wed at New York City Hall), after their first meeting at a grocery store in Los Angeles in 2003, Country Living reports. And Ivery must be a great man, and a dedicated father, because these two still seem incredibly happy.
2 Can We All Take A Moment To Celebrate How Content Ellen Pompeo Seems When She’s With Her Kids?!
There’s a saying about how a picture can speak 1000 words, and in the case of this image, that’s very clear. We don’t need to recount all the things that Ellen Pompeo has said about motherhood to show just how much love she has for her family, when this beautiful photo can do that for us!
1 Having Children Has Changed Her Life, And Made Her Feelings Even More Intense
Ellen Pompeo has described herself as a “super emotional person,” but she also told InStyle that her emotions have become even more intense since motherhood, and this was one of the things that surprised her the most about becoming a first-time mom.
“I feel things so deeply, and I feel things even more deeply now that I'm a parent. And it's hard,” she said, noting how she was fearful for them to grow up in an “angry world.”
Sources: Romper, People, NewsDay, Today's Parent, Ellen Pompeo Instagram, Moms.com, InStyle, Daily Mail, CountryLiving.