The actress, who is about to begin her 11th season on the ABC medical drama, told fans Wednesday that she doesn't find "acting terribly empowering" and would prefer a gig behind the camera once she stops playing Meredith Grey.
"I definitely don't have a strong desire to act after Grey's. I definitely feel myself transitioning," said Pompeo, who participated in a Buzzfeed Brews panel in Los Angeles along with Kerry Washington (Scandal) and Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder) to promote their dramas from uber-producer Shonda Rhimes. "For the place I am in my life ... I don't necessarily want to work for other people … and with acting, I don't feel like I have anything to prove anymore – even though I have no awards!"
For the last several years, Pompeo has focused on producing by selling projects to ABC and its sister network, ABC Family, including an adaptation of the 2013 novel Debt.
In the meantime, the actress reportedly signed another deal to stay on Grey's through a possible 12th season.
When pressed about wanting to give up acting, Pompeo added, "I'm not going to come out and make one of those statements like, 'I'm retiring after' and then in February come back." She did say, however, that "for my journey, I did the absolute top of what I could do in TV and I'd like to try a new sport and see if I'm any good at something else."
Grey's Anatomy will premiere at 8 p.m. ET on Sept. 25 on ABC.