'I didn’t see enough color when I walked in the room today': Ellen Pompeo calls out magazine for lack of inclusivity on sets
The star voiced her opinions on the importance of a crew looking like the world that we see around us and how Caucasian people have a responsibility towards people of color.
'Grey's Anatomy' star Ellen Pompeo took an important stand during an on-camera interview for Net-A-Porter. During the roundtable that also featured Gabrielle Union, Gina Rodriguez, and Emma Roberts, Pompeo called out the lack of inclusivity on the very set she was on and went on to discuss the importance of equal representation.
ET Canada reports that Ellen called out the magazine set very candidly saying, “This day has been incredible, and there’s a ton of women in the room. But I don’t see enough color, I didn’t see enough color when I walked in the room today.” She continued, “I had a meeting with a director of another endorsement project that I’m doing where I said, ‘You know when I show up on set, I would like to see the crew look like the world that I walk around in every day." She explained, “I think it’s up to all productions to make sure that your crew looks like the world we see.”
Pompeo passionately discussed how Caucasian individuals have a certain responsibility to people of color and they must strive to do justice to it. “As Caucasian people, it’s our job. It’s our task," she said. “It’s our responsibility to make sure we speak up in every single room we walk into [and say] this is not ok and that we can all do better. It’s our job. We’ve created the problem.” The 49-year-old actress has always been extremely outspoken when it has to come discussing important contemporary issues. She has been a constant advocate for gender parity and inclusive film and television sets. In fact, she made a huge impact when she discussed how she had to fight for a higher pay that she deserved, on the sets of 'Grey's Anatomy', reports IndieWire.
The star also recognized the fact that though her struggles to do with equal pay in the industry were valid, she was still much better off than women who worked regular jobs. Gina Rodriguez also expressed her opinion on how the discussion about equal pay should include an intersectional aspect because there is also a disparity between how much a white woman gets paid as compared to a black or Asian woman. The conversation during the interview largely centered around gender equality, the pay parity and the importance of inclusivity and representation for women of color and ethnicities in television and film.
This, ladies + gentlefolk, is how you use your privilege as an ally. This is how you show up for those around you. @EllenPompeo leveraged her power as a white woman Hollywood heavy-hitter and shined a light on the lack of inclusivity off-screen @ this @NETAPORTER sit down. 👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿 https://t.co/MNKYaN4WSV— Is this your coat? Did you come with anyone? (@DamoneWilliams_) November 19, 2018
Here's a clip of the interview: