Patrick Dempsey: One Hot Husband

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In the new issue of Redbook, hot husband Patrick Dempsey reveals that even he would ask his alter-ego, Dr. Derek Shepherd, for love advice.

The man behind McDreamy on Grey's Anatomy opens up to the magazine about choosing family-friendly roles, coping with success at such a young age, and keeping his marriage on track. Below are some excerpts:

On making his wife, Jillian Dempsey, swoon:

"I hope I still make her swoon! Sometimes I think to myself, God, would Derek Shepherd do this? Because I am certainly not a perfect male at this moment. Just trying to provide and communicate and let her know how beautiful and important she is to me - I think those things make her swoon."

Patrick Dempsey in Redbook

On returning to romantic comedies:
"I don't want to do violent movies right now because I think there's too much violence in the world and I don't want to add to that. Romantic comedies, at this point - we're at war, we're in a horrible place worldwide - I want to so something that is going to help people escape. Enchanted was a movie I did for my daughter [Talula, 5]. I wanted to do something that kids can go see, and is fun for adults as well.

On his first shot at stardom:
"Mentally, I never really wanted success until I was in my 30s. Quite honestly, I think I sabotaged myself in my 20s because I felt I was too young and didn't realize what was happening. But there was a time when I didn't think it was going to work out. Like, wow, maybe that was the best period in my life."

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I guess, when asked about the Mer/Der relationship, Patrick is just guessing on the diffferent directions that Shonda could take him and Ellen...... I don't think any of the actors really know where thier characters are headed in the next season. They will probably be wondering going into their summer hiatus just like we will ....not knowing what the next season will bring!
I do think that Patrick wanted his character to change from only being "McDreamy" and it sounds like he somewhat likes the change from the way the article read, even though he said there have been a few things (Derek) has done that he wouldn't have. Not sure what those things were though. (I thought that was a cute comment) And I agree, characters have to change some to keep them interesting. I just want Mer and Der to change together and I would bet that Patrick hopes that Shonda keeps him and Ellen together! I truly hope the comment he made "or is this the end" doesn't mean anything...I don't really think it does. It was really a safe answer to the original question because he covered all of the bases and really didn't give us any indication where they as a couple are headed. (if that makes sense) I think Shonda knows how much this couple means to us the viewers and even if she messes with us for a while by keeping them apart.....they will definately find their way back to each other and that will be a great day again for us diehard Mer/Der fans!!!!! I just hope they will work out their differences soon and be back together as the next season begins! (wishful thinking know it will take longer than that).
Has anyone else read the RedBook article and if so, what is your take on Patricks comments??


wow, Kathy....that's really interesting re: next season....I want it to give me hope...but then he says "is it an end?" But I agree - it is kind of funny that even he compares real life to his fictional character. In all seriousness - I think guys could understand women better if they would look at the things that women find attractive in their fiction. (Besides being so good looking, I mean : )


I really liked the article in Redbook from Patrick. I loved the part when he commented he questions himself sometimes and says..would Derek Shephard do that? (ha) ....Here is an insert from the article about his and Mer's relationship..........Relationships are also the core of Grey's Anatomy. What do you think about the relationships in the show, especially Derek and Meredith's?
Well, they grow very slowly. I think the frustration for Ellen [Pompeo] and me is that we're victims of our own success, in a sense. The chasing in the first season made it so involving, but once we consummated it and then broke up, it's like, how do these characters continue to grow and thrive in a relationship? And I think that's going to be the real challenge going into the next season: Where do they go? What are the other story lines? Or is it an end? There was something about the longing in the chasing that people really got into.


have you EVER seen a guy that hot...I mean, he has INNER hotness.....whoa I could die a happy woman - with him on one side, and George Clooney on the other..... I am happy for PD and Jill - they seem to have a great relationship despite the pressure that comes with being a sex symbol. He really seems to have his priorities in order - such a good role model!


The fact that he did the movie for Tulula was the sweetest thing ever for me!


I am so glad i get to see Mc Dreamy all the time now on Grey's ..He is very handsome. I hope he will be faithful to his wife especially with so many of us drooling over him.


To be married to McDreamy........


Wow, that's a really great interview!


I can't even imagine what it would be like to know "McDreamy" would be the man coming home to me every night!!! He is the best looking guy to me and seems to be a perfect gentleman too! I hope his wife realizes how lucky she is!


Pschyrembel - i am beginning to think that there are no good men out there.


Grey's Anatomy Quotes

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)

Burke was- He took something from me. He took little pieces of me, little pieces over time, so small I didn't even notice, you know? He wanted me to be something I wasn't, and I made myself into what he wanted. One day I was me Cristina Yang, and then suddenly I was lying for him, and jeopardizing my career, and agreeing to be married and wearing a ring, and being a bride. Until I was standing there in a wedding dress with no eyebrows, and I wasn't Cristina Yang anymore. And even then, I would've married him. I would have. I lost myself for a long time. And now that I'm finally me again, I can't. I love you. I love you more than I loved Burke. I love you. And that scares the crap out of me because when you asked me to ignore Teddy's page, you took a piece of me, and I let you. And that will never happen again.