“Maybe we like the pain. Maybe we're wired that way. Because without it, I don't know; maybe we just wouldn't feel real. What's that saying? Why do I keep hitting myself with a hammer? Because it feels so good when I stop.” Grey's anatomy
No. 4 Ellen Pompeo - Dr. Meredith Grey is a staple of the Forbes Celebrity 100--the original cast-members of Shonda Rhimes' ABC hit earn $350,000 an episode plus millions more in syndication for the hospital drama, now entering its tenth season. But off-screen her life is quiet, Pompeo has no big-ticket endorsement deals, her single paycheck is impressive total earnings $10 million.