"I think the thing about Patrick is, obviously he has a tremendous love for his wife and his daughter, but he has a tremendous sense of duty," Ellen Pompeo said.
"He's really sort of old-fashioned in that way â€" he's got a good sense of being a gentleman and taking care of his family, and that's what makes him a good dad. It's an admirable quality," she tells People.
Galen is Dempsey's middle name. The couple, who have been married for seven years, also have a 4-year-old daughter, Tallulah.
"Now, making money is about providing for my children. And being a father makes you look at yourself. 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?'"
It's great to see that Patrick is as happy off-screen as he is with his on-screen love, Pompeo, and that he retains a healthy perspective on life and fame.
Want more Grey's Anatomy?
Sign up for our daily newsletter and receive the latest tv news delivered to your inbox for free!