Ellen Pompeo Stands Tall: How the ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Measures Up

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Ellen Pompeo is 5 feet 5 ½ inches (166.4 cm), slightly above an American woman’s average height. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the average height for adult women in the United States is about 5 feet 4 inches (162.6 cm).

This means Pompeo is about 1.5 inches taller than the average American woman, placing her slightly above the national average height for women.

Ellen Pompeo in a colorful jumpsuit adorned with crystal embellishments at the 2022 People's Choice AwardsEllen Pompeo in a colorful jumpsuit adorned with crystal embellishments at the 2022 People’s Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on December 6, 2022, in Santa Monica, California (Credit: BauerGriffin / INSTARimages / Cover Images)

In her appearance on the “Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard” podcast in 2020, Ellen Pompeo shared that her initial goal was solely to pursue acting. While living in Miami, she was frequently approached by modeling scouts, a common occurrence, who suggested she consider modeling.

However, Pompeo considered herself too short for the modeling industry, standing at 5 feet 6 and a half inches tall, and expressed a lack of interest in modeling, emphasizing that her passion was acting, not modeling.

Well, I was really just aiming to act. But in Miami, a couple of scouts, I don’t know if they still have them, but then they used to have modeling scouts and a bunch of people would always walk up to me and say, hey, you know, I want you to be a model. And I was really I’m really short. I’m only 5-6 and a half. I’m like, yeah, and modeling is not my thing.

Best known for her role as Meredith Grey on the hit ABC medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, her shoe size of 9 US converts to approximately a size 7 in the UK, size 40 in Europe, and size 29.5 in Japan.

Ellen Pompeo: Facts, Rumors, and Everything in Between

Is Ellen Pompeo a billionaire?No, she is not a billionaire. As of 2024, Ellen Pompeo, widely recognized for her role as Meredith Grey on "Grey's Anatomy," has amassed a net worth of $80 million.
Born:November 10, 1969, in Everett, a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
Dating:She married Chris Ivery, a music producer based in Los Angeles, in 2007
What ethnicity is Ellen Pompeo?Ellen Pompeo's father was of Italian, English, and Irish descent, having been born in Gesualdo, Italy, while her mother was of Irish ancestry.
Full Name:Ellen Kathleen Pompeo
Height:Ellen Pompeo has a height of 5ft 5 ½ (166.4 cm), which is slightly above average for an American woman.
Kids:Ellen Pompeo is a proud mother of three wonderful children. Her kids have such unique and beautiful names - Sienna May Pompeo Ivery, Eli Christopher Pompeo Ivery, and Stella Luna Pompeo Ivery.
Nationality:Ellen Pompeo is an American citizen.
Shoe Size:Ellen Pompeo's shoe size is 9 US, which is approximately equivalent to size 7 in the UK, size 40 in Europe, and size 29.5 in Japan.
Source of Wealth:She is among the world's highest-paid actresses, earning approximately $20 million annually for her iconic portrayal of Meredith Grey in the ABC medical drama "Grey's Anatomy."

Her impressive net worth is largely due to her per-episode salary of $575,000, in addition to syndication royalties and revenues. In 2018, Forbes ranked Ellen Pompeo as the third highest-earning female actor and the fifth overall, with estimated earnings of $23.5 million.
Weight:Ellen Pompeo is rumored to weigh around 57 kg (126 pounds).

Inspiring Quotes by Ellen Pompeo on Body Positivity, Hollywood, and More

“Really, I don’t care if people think I’m too skinny. This is my body. If they don’t like it, screw it.”

“We’re teaching young girls that this is what they should be focusing on: rich and famous girls who are rich and famous for nothing.”

“Happiness is not that easy to achieve, but having a handsome husband, a beautiful baby, and a great job helps.”

Ellen Pompeo displays her feet in Christian Louboutin sandalsEllen Pompeo displays her feet in Christian Louboutin sandals (Credit: Joe Seer / Shutterstock)

“I just don’t want to be self-obsessed.”

“Want is misery.”

“This is Hollywood. People don’t admit mistakes.”

“Brains don’t really smell, but what’s amazing about the brain is that it’s almost like scrambled eggs or soft tofu, almost like a gel. The brain controls so much of what we do, but you could put your finger right through it.”

“My mother came from an Irish family of 11 kids and, of course, had a sister who was a nun, so I spent time at a convent and with an aunt and uncle who lived in New York and took me to the theater.”

“It’s easy to get lost in the baby. You have to make sure you give your husband attention.”

Ellen Pompeo boosts her height and displays her feet inblack high heelsEllen Pompeo boosts her height and displays her feet inblack high heels at Welcome To ShondaLand: An Evening With Shonda Rhimes and Friends held at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre on April 2, 2012, in North Hollywood (Credit: Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock)

“Medicine is so fascinating.”

“There’s a remarkable amount of sexism on TV. When male characters are flawed, they’re interesting, deep and complex. But when female characters are flawed, they’re just a mess. It’s good to put more flawed but interesting female characters out there because it promotes equality.”

“I don’t believe in putting on airs. I call it like I see it.”

“Learning about the way people process information and their emotions is hugely helpful to my work.”

“I am who I am, a Southie.”

“I want to teach my daughter the importance of exercising and eating healthy as she grows up.”

Ellen Pompeo with her much taller husband, Chris Ivery, at the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar PartyEllen Pompeo with her much taller husband, Chris Ivery, at the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018, in Beverly Hills, California (Credit: DN Photography / INSTARimages)

“Acting can be an amazingly cathartic thing – especially for young girls.”
“I don’t like everybody who I see on TV.”

“If I’m bringing joy to people and entertaining people as an actor, then I should be grateful for that and act accordingly, you know?”

“The older you get the more realistic it is that you’re significant other is your significant other. I mean, you’ll always have your girlfriends or your guy friends, but the person you’re married to is usually your No. 1.”

“Cancer is something that touches everyone’s lives.”

“You know, Boston people are full of sauce.”

“Where I come from, you don’t just say, ‘Oh, I’m going to become an actor.’ Talk like that and they think you’re crazy.”

“My daily schedule is quite hectic, but I have to put my health first in order to be the best mom and wife I can be.”

“I think for any actor to say they don’t like attention is ridiculous. Of course we love attention. But getting attention is different than pretending the attention means something.”

“I just worry about the girls who look up to me. I don’t want them to think I starve myself or don’t eat, and that to be like me that’s what they have to do.”

“Being a mother is magical.”

“I didn’t have a boyfriend until I was 16, and he was eight years older. My father was furious about this 24-year-old, and I had to hide the relationship.”

“People love to watch a train wreck, I suppose.”

“You can’t really judge characters, because that’s when it gets really hard to play them.”

“Women don’t take care of themselves because they take care of everybody else.”

“Being a mother is the most fun job I’ve ever had.”

“I was never a person who was introduced to junk food.”

“I went up a pants size during my pregnancy.”

“I read a lot of nonfiction – especially books about the brain.”

“I don’t find acting to be a particularly noble way to make a living. I’m not saving anybody’s life, I’m not a teacher, I’m not working for UNICEF. I don’t think I’m some big deal.”

Ellen Pompeo Goes Geometric for Urs Fischer’s Art Exhibition Opening

In April 2013, Ellen Pompeo helped celebrate the opening of Swiss artist Urs Fischer’s exhibition at the ‘Yesssss!’ 2013 MOCA Gala in Los Angeles.

Ellen Pompeo at the 'Yesssss!' 2013 MOCA Gala celebrating the opening of the exhibition of contemporary artist Urs FischerEllen Pompeo at the ‘Yesssss!’ 2013 MOCA Gala celebrating the opening of the exhibition of contemporary artist Urs Fischer held at the MOCA Grand Avenue and The Geffen Contemporary in Los Angeles, California on April 20, 2013 (Credit: FayesVision / WENN)

The ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star wore a chic all-black look in a mesh-sleeved button-down top and cropped suit pants. She chose a geometric art vibe for her shoe, deciding on paneled black-and-white t-strap sandals to complete her art exhibition ensemble.

The colors aren’t the only things paneled on Ellen Pompeo’s shoes. The suede, calfskin, and patent leather materials have also been pieced together.

Ellen Pompeo's hot feet in Roger Vivier shoesEllen Pompeo’s hot feet in Roger Vivier shoes (Credit: FayesVision / WENN)

You may remember seeing these shoes in yellow on Emma Stone. They are these popular (and pricey!) “Prismick” sandals by French fashion house Roger Vivier:

Roger Vivier Prismick SandalsRoger Vivier Prismick Sandals, $1,150

The yellow is the bestselling color of these sandals, but this black-and-white color is just as good-looking and more versatile. They’re available in a nude-and-pink color combo, which we find beautiful!