updated 08/09/2007 AT 1:00 PM ET
•originally published 08/10/2007 AT 7:00 AM ET
Ellen Pompeo wants everybody to know that she does not have an eating disorder. And she blames the media for propagating those rumors.
“I just worry about the girls who look up to me,” the Grey’s Anatomy star, 37, says in the new issue of Los Angeles Confidential Magazine. “I don’t want them to think I starve myself or don’t eat, and that to be like me that’s what they have to do.”
Pompeo, who says she’s just naturally trim, says that false media reports are “irresponsible” and damaging to younger generations.
“What are we doing to this younger generation?” she asks in the interview. “We’re so focused on the wrong things. We’re teaching young girls that this is what they should be focusing on: rich and famous girls who are rich and famous for nothing.”
Apparently referring to celebutantes like Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie, the actress also says she feels journalists have a responsibility to shift their focus. “I just think the media should take this country in a different direction,” she says.
As for her personal life, well, Pompeo raves about her engagement to record producer Chris Ivery. “I swear we’re going to get married at sometime,” she tells Los Angeles Confidential. “We’re just trying to fit it all in. It won’t be a big ceremony – we want one thing to ourselves.”
And she echoed those feelings to PEOPLE earlier in the year, explaining that her wedding most likely will occur outside of Los Angeles. Said Pompeo: “We were thinking about going away and getting married.”