Ellen Pompeo of Grey's Anatomy has opened up about the program's portrayal of sensitive, real-world issues, admitting that more "subtlety" might be required.
Ellen has offered her views on how the show might better integrate important plotlines following this week's announcement that she would take on a more limited role in the 19th season of the medical drama.
The Grey's favorite said in a recent episode of her own podcast, Tell Me with Ellen Pompeo, that she would rather see the series touch on social issues across multiple episodes rather than in one-off specials.
"I think if I had the desire, honestly it would be to be less sort of preachy in one episode about certain things," she explained (via Variety).
"It's like, we do one episode about, let's see Asian hate crimes is one that we did this past season that was really moving. [But] I'd like to see things happen a little less subtly and over time."
Ellen said that she believes that such plot points should be introduced "consistently" throughout the seasons, rather than "hitting you over the head for only one hour and then we never talk about it again."
"I wish we could touch on these important social issues and have them become a thread throughout."
Ellen Pompeo said back in May that she may continue the series without her, implying that she and Shonda Rhimes had discussed her future.
"The challenge at this point is to reinvent the program," she said. "And listen, the program speaks to a lot of people, and the young people enjoy the program."
Season 19 of Grey's Anatomy will air on ABC in the United States on October 6, while season 18 is available via Sky Witness and NOW.