Pompeo Praises Her On-Screen Love

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Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey
The leading man of Grey's Anatomy, who just became the father of twin boys, is "a good dad," his co-star says.

"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.

Patrick Dempsey and his wife, Jillian Dempsey, welcomed sons Darby Galen and Sullivan Patrick in Los Angeles on Thursday.

Galen is Dempsey's middle name. The couple, who have been married for seven years, also have a 4-year-old daughter, Tallulah.

In January, the 41-year-old Grey's Anatomy star spoke with Details and Life magazines about his career and fatherhood, and how his priorities are shifting by the day:

"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.

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[narrating] "At the end of the day, when it comes down to it, all we really want is to be close to somebody. So this thing where we all keep our distance and pretend not to care about each other, it's usually a load of bull. So we pick and choose who we want to remain close to, and once we've chosen those people, we tend to stick close by. No matter how much we hurt them. The people that are still with you at the end of the day, those are the ones worth keeping. And sure, sometimes close can be too close. But sometimes, that invasion of personal space, it can be exactly what you need."

MEREDITH

Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)