In January, Grey鈥檚 Anatomy聽star Ellen Pompeo made major waves when she admitted not only how much money she makes starring on the long-running hospital drama, but also how she fought聽for the money she makes. The interview was all anyone could talk about for several days, and now the actress is explaining why she thought it was important to share the details of her income with fans.

Sitting down with Jimmy Kimmel, the 48-year-old said that her 鈥渂ig mouth鈥 and honesty often get her in trouble, and that she was 鈥渘ervous鈥 about what the reaction to her interview would be. 鈥淚鈥檓 grateful that it was received in the way in which I intended it to be, which was as an empowering story for women and to also be very honest about my faults and my shortcomings,鈥 she said.

鈥淏ecause I think that there鈥檚 a lot of blame, especially right now. People are blaming people. There鈥檚 a lot of finger pointing, but there鈥檚 less people owning up to their side of things. And I wanted to sort of do a truthful interview and talk about my road to my own empowerment and how I got there, but also mistakes I鈥檝e made along the way.鈥

Pompeo said that the number of women who have approached her to thank her for speaking truthfully about her salary showed her that she made the right move. 鈥淎s women, you know, it鈥檚 not only about what鈥檚 done to us or what鈥檚 not given to us. It鈥檚 what don鈥檛 we ask for,鈥 she told Kimmel.

鈥淵ou know, how much of it is [it] isn鈥檛 given to us, or is it that we don鈥檛 ask? I think that as much as we can point the finger at other people and [say], 鈥榊ou don鈥檛 give us or you don鈥檛 treat us fairly,鈥 we also have to point the finger at ourselves and say, 鈥楧id we ask? Did we step up and have the uh, gumption, to ask for what a man would?鈥 We have to own part of it. And sometimes we鈥檙e too shy; we鈥檙e too afraid to be seen as difficult to really speak our mind.鈥

In her interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Pompeo shocked fans by getting meg- candid about her recent contract negotiations, which ended with her signing on for two more seasons as Meredith Grey. She鈥檚 now set to make $575,000 per episode, but that鈥檚 not all: She鈥檒l also receive a seven-figure signing bonus, increased residual payments from past seasons, a producing fee on both Grey鈥檚 and the upcoming firefighter spinoff, plus office space for her production company, Calamity Jane.

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(photo via ABC/Bob D鈥橝mico)