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Ellen Pompeo recalls going ‘at it’ with Denzel Washington on Grey’s Anatomy when he was guest director: ‘This is my show’

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Ellen Pompeo has detailed a tense encounter she experienced with Denzel Washington on the set of Grey’s Anatomy back in 2016.On her podcast Tell Me with Ellen Pompeo, the actress revealed she and the Oscar winner faced off when he came on board to dire…

Ellen Pompeo has detailed a tense encounter she experienced with Denzel Washington on the set of Grey's Anatomy back in 2016.

On her podcast Tell Me with Ellen Pompeo, the actress revealed she and the Oscar winner faced off when he came on board to direct one episode of the medical drama — and it got heated. 

Speaking to guest and former Grey's co-star Patrick Dempsey, Pompeo said Washington was livid when she went off-script during one scene, improvising her lines to another actor on set. That's when things escalated quickly and they went "at it", she said.

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Ellen Pompeo as Dr Meredith Grey on Grey's Anatomy.

"I was like, 'Look at me when you apologise. Look at me,'" Pompeo recalled yelling at the unnamed actor as they filmed. "And that wasn't in the dialogue. And Denzel went ham on my ass. He was like, 'I'm the director. Don't you tell him what to do.'"

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Pompeo — who has been on the show since it premiered in 2005 — was not going to let Washington speak to her that way on her home turf, so she let him have it despite having the "utmost respect for him as an actor and director".

Pauletta Washington and Denzel Washington attend "Fences" New York Screening at Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center on December 19, 2016 in New York City.

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"I was like, 'Listen, motherf---er, this is my show. This is my set. Who are you telling?'" she recalled yelling. 

"So, we didn't get through it without a fight, but that's actors for you," clarified Pompeo, who now sings Washington's praises. "Passionate and fiery and that's where you get the magic, and that's where you get the good stuff. So, it was an amazing experience, it really was … He's just one of the best to ever do it."

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