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Ellen Pompeo is a happily married wife and mother, but that doesn't mean she doesn't remember a time when she was the object of a younger actor's affection.
During a press conference in celebration of Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice creator Shonda Rhimes on Monday, Pompeo shared a story about love -- or at least lust -- at first sight with actor Jake Gyllenhaal. The titular Grey's Anatomy star, 42, recalls a blush-inducing meeting with the Source Code actor while auditioning for their 2002 drama Moonlight Mile.
Before her audition for the tearjerker drama, "I was...in the waiting room and the director and this guy, Jake Gyllenhaal, who I had never heard of -- no one had ever heard of him at that point -- walked past me," Pompeo shared. "I [had] my head down...so I didn't get a look at Jake."
When it was time for her to read lines with Gyllenhaal, she couldn't believe it was a familiar face standing in front of her.
"I had met Jake a couple of weeks prior on the sidewalk! I walked into the room and I saw Jake and I said, 'Oh my God, it's you!'" the actress recalled. "We sort of bumped into each other. He told me I was the most beautiful thing he had ever seen."
Though the actress, then 32, joked she "fell to her knees" in flattery, she knew she couldn't hook up with the hunky young suitor.
"I said, 'He's 12! And maybe we'll see each other again and I should leave!' There were sparks, but we just bolted."
According to Pompeo, Moonlight Mile director Brad Silberling picked up on the sexual tension and during the audition asked how the two knew each other.
"We were like, 'No, we don't know each other. We made love to each other not speaking on the sidewalk, but we don't know each other!'" Pompeo, who did get the part, joked.
Not that Pompeo's husband of nearly five years, music producer Chris Ivery has anything to worry about when it comes to the 31-year-old actor.
"We saw Jake the other day. Listen, he is a handsome guy and a great actor." Pompeo said. But she's definitely not interested in becoming a cougar: "He is 20 years younger than me!"
For the record, he's only 11 years, but who's counting?