When asked if he thought he was a class act, Washington added with a smile, “I try to be. I’m not always. I think I was in that case.”
In September 2021, Pompeo went on her Tell Me With Ellen Pompeo podcast and recalled a moment where she yelled an improvised line to another character during an emotional scene.
“I was like, ‘Look at me when you apologize. Look at me,'” she recalled yelling at the actor during the scene. “And that wasn’t in the dialogue. And Denzel went ham on my ass. He was like, ‘I’m the director. Don’t you tell him what to do.'”
Pompeo continued, “I was like, ‘Listen, motherf–ker, this is my show. This is my set. Who are you telling?'”