“At 33, I was wise enough to know my clock was already ticking in Hollywood.” Ellen Pompeo said while talking about why she chooses to stays on Grey Anatomy television series.

In the interview with People, the 46-year-old star revealed that age is the reason why she stay on the medical drama television series. “I thought, ‘Why would I leave something that is super successful and pays me a great to search the landscape?’ I decided that I would stay on Grey’s and be grateful and try to ride it out for as long as I could. And I am very happy that I made the decision to stay. It’s only gotten better with me.”

“Watching myself age on TV is miserable. To be honest, it’s the toughest part of my job.” she said.

“But as uncomfortable as watching myself age is, I don’t think focusing on physical beauty is necessarily the best thing for your mind. It’s a natural thing that we all do, but I don’t think it’s the healthiest thing. The older you get, the more you realize life isn’t about your looks. Everyone ages, and it’s okay.”