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For Ellen Pompeo, there's really nowhere to go after Grey's Anatomy — at least as far as acting is concerned.

"I definitely don't have a strong desire to act after Grey's," Pompeo said at a BuzzFeed Brews event Wednesday. "I don't find acting terribly empowering."

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Though Pompeo's quick to add that she "would never say never" when it comes to acting in the future, she told BuzzFeed that she would prefer to get more involved on the development side of projects. "I don't necessarily want to work for other people," she said. "I did the absolute top of what I could do with television. ... I feel like I got the acting thing. I'd like to see if I could do something different and be successful at something different."

Last month, Pompeo signed a deal to develop a satirical drama about the financial crisis for ABC Family.

Pompeo's role as the titular character on ABC's medical juggernaut made her a household name, but the actress says it's becoming increasingly challenging to explore other aspects of Meredith Grey as the show prepares to enter its 11th season. "After 11 seasons, you have to stay so alive and present to find ways to deliver a scene or do a scene that you feel like you've done 45,000 times before," she tells BuzzFeed. "That, to me, is an incredible challenge. [But] I love challenges and they really are what inspire me to prove myself and not to just be bored, to do it better than I did it the other 45,000 times. Like the 46,000th time is going to be the best one ever."

Pompeo and her co-star/onscreen husband Patrick Dempsey signed two-year contracts withGrey's earlier this year, though the show has not yet been renewed by ABC beyond Season 11. 

Grey's Anatomy returns Thursday, Sept. 25 at 8/7c on ABC. Watch the full interview (also featuring Scandal star Kerry Washington and How to Get Away with Murder star Viola Davis) below: