AceShowbiz - Ellen Pompeo has insisted her husband is not intimidated by her hugely successful career.
Earlier this year, Pompeo faced a sexist backlash when it was revealed she takes home a $20 million (£15.5. million) annual paycheck for her role as Dr. Meredith Grey on "Grey's Anatomy".
Despite facing criticism on social media for her success, the 48-year-old revealed the one person who will never treat her differently, and that is husband Chris Ivery.
"My husband is not at all intimidated by my drive, or my bossiness," she told People. "I never thought I'd be at the height of my career at 48 years old. I'm at the top of my game, with no end in sight." So when it comes to being successful, she said "it's really important for men to be on board."
Pompeo explained that the secret to her happy marriage to the music producer is to be open and honest with one another.
"I have a tendency to be a little bit bossy just because I'm juggling so many things," she said. "He's really good about letting me know when I'm talking to him like an employee. Occasionally, I get told 'I don't work for you, don't speak to me like that,' which is okay. I need to hear it if I'm not coming correct."
And the couple has an army of helpers at home in order to help out Chris, who she claimed "can't multitask".
"That's why I have an assistant, two nannies and two housekeepers. I'm lucky enough to be able to afford all this stuff. I don't ask him to do it because he'd have a f**king meltdown. The poor guy can only handle so much," she laughed.
The couple, who share daughters, Stella, 9, Sienna, 4, and son Eli, 2, began dating in 2003, and wed in 2007.