Shonda Rhimes Is Not the Marrying Kind

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 11:  Screenwriter Shonda Rhimes attends the Entertainment Weekly and PEOPLE celebration of The New York Upfronts at The Highline Hotel on May 11, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

Shonda Rhimes Is Not the Marrying Kind

The TV mogul says writing Grey's Anatomy helped her realize.

Published September 10, 2015

Shonda Rhimes isn't looking for anyone to put a ring on it.

The trailblazing TV mogul sat down with Entertainment Weekly to talk about her upcoming memoir, Year of Yes, and revealed that saying "yes" to a marriage proposal isn't something in her future. Rhimes says that she realized she didn't want to get married when she was writing a storyline for Cristina Yang on Grey's Anatomy.

"I was seriously dating somebody and I was like, 'I don’t want to do this,'" she says. “I guess I had been secretly feeling that way and writing it for Cristina [on Grey’s Anatomy]."

Rhimes adds that her marriage aversion made her feel like abnormal. "We’re all so conditioned to want it, I felt like there must be something wrong with me," she says. "But the minute I said it out loud to my family, it was fantastic. Now if somebody says, ‘Are you looking for that?’ I say, ‘Nope, looking for a boyfriend, not a husband.' And there’s a freedom to that. There’s no pressure if you’re not looking for it.”

Shonda has been defying expectations her whole life. See the many other ways she's a trailblazer and an icon in our video tribute to the Scandal creator, below:

(Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

Written by Evelyn Diaz


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