20 Celebrities Reveal How They Got Famous

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Ellen Pompeo

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Ellen Pompeo is the highest-paid actress on a primetime drama, netting $20 million a season on Grey’s Anatomy, but her original dream was to star in feature films. Ellen famously auditioned for Grey’s under duress after her movie career had stalled in 2004, but her superstar dreams began when she was discovered by a casting director in New York City. Ellen opened up to ABC News about her celebrity big break, revealing that she was bartending at SoHo Bar & Grill when a casting director came in for a drink and came out with a new star for his L’Oreal commercial.

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