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Patrick Dempsey Talks About Keeping Priorities In Line

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Sexiest Dad AliveHe may have captured and broken multiple hearts as Dr. Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd on Grey's Anatomy, but one of show's handsome stars, Patrick Dempsey, has a steady domestic life.

"Fatherhood is the most important thing. Everything else is a joke," he tells Life magazine in its new issue, which features him on the cover.

Dempsey says his priority in life is being at home with his wife, Jillian Dempsey, a makeup artist and stylist, and the couple's 4-year-old daughter, Tallulah.

They are also expecting twin sons this winter.

"Now, making money is about providing for my children. And being a father makes you look at yourself," the 41-year-old said.

"You look at your marriage and go, 'How do I improve this? How do I keep growing and create a stable environment for my children?'"

One way, he reveals, is to go to couples therapy.

"Yeah, we go in for checkups and go 'Hey, here's what we need to work on,'" he says. "We've had a very good relationship from the beginning, but you run into things you have to work through."

He also adds that therapy, while it often scares couples away, is a lot easier than fighting with someone.

Patrick Dempsey Talks About Keeping Priorities In LineThere are also some remedies that he delivers at home.

"Reading to my daughter has been therapeutic," says Dempsey, who has fought a lifelong battle with dyslexia.

"I've gone back and started to learn to read on a very basic level. I'm reading Dr. Seuss, and I'm healing that part of myself, as well as developing my daughter."

It's so nice to see that the Grey's Anatomy star is not only great looking, talented and fun to watch on screen, but a good role model in real life.

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.

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Yes argo it is his wife...i saw some other pictures that show her face. I can't remember where..i think it was greys-media.com

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I love the cover of the magazine! Did it say if the pregnant woman there is his wife? And (cross-commenting from the other news item) I want McDreamy scrubs, too! Haha.

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I always find it amazing when someone in Hollywood keeps their priorities straight. His puts his family first. I hope them all the best.

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god he is soo sexy. you have to love a family man!

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he has overcome a lot. I love it that he says he appreciates his success so much more now..

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I didn't know that Patrick Dempsey had dyslexia. It always amazes me when people who have difficulty reading are able to memorize long passages as an actor has to do. Good for him.

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Patrick Dempsey is the hottest of the hot! I LOVE HIM! He is so awesome...Congrats to him and Jill!

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Patrick Dempsey ROCKS