ELLEN Pompeo, star of ABC’s long-running hit, Grey’s Anatomy, is now the highest paid actress on TV after signing on for two more seasons of the show.

She’s set to make US$575,000 (RM2.27mil) an episode – not including a signing bonus – totaling US$20mil (RM78.75mil) should ABC pick up Grey’s Anatomy for seasons 15 and 16, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Pompeo is also now a Grey’s Anatomy’s producer and will co-executive produce the show’s upcoming firefighter-themed spinoff.

But these powerful new titles and serious payday weren’t just handed to the doctor drama’s lead actress, she revealed.

Pompeo said she – with the support of friend, boss, mentor and Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes – first had to feel “empowered” enough to ask for it.

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