“A teenager was in the show, and he was gay, and played a gay character on the show,” she said.
“After we had filmed the whole entire episode he said, ‘My whole life I’ve watched the show with my parents and I’ve sort of used the show to tell my parents I’m gay.’”
Tearing up, she added: “‘To show my parents: It’s okay that I’m not different and there’s nothing wrong with me. Grey’s really helped my parents to understand what having a gay son meant and that it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.’”
Reflecting on the memory Pompeo revealed that it is because of stories like this that she will continue acting in the series.
“I got to keep doing it, man, because we’re touching lives and making a difference,” she said.
Pompeo revealed that she is expected to return to the hit series for it’s 16th season.