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Patrick Dempsey on Life

Patrick Dempsey has kicked 2007 off to a fabulous start! He's been out promoting his new movie Freedom Writers, took home a People's Choice Award and tonight Grey's Anatomy returns with an all new episode. Check out a preview here. In the latest issue of Life Magazine, Patrick dishes the dirt on life as a father and husband, getting back into work and his chemistry with Ellen Pompeo. Here's more:

LIFE: In what ways has fatherhood changed you?
DEMPSEY: 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?"

LIFE: So how do you and Jillian work on your relationship? Are you in couples’ therapy?
DEMPSEY: Yeah, we go in for checkups and go "Hey, here’s what we need to work on." We’ve had a very good relationship from the beginning [the Dempseys have been married since 1999], but you run into things you have to work through. And [therapy] is easier than fighting with someone.

LIFE: You went through a 10-year period when it was difficult for you to get work.
DEMPSEY: My agents would say “You have to go in and read for this part.” And I’d say “You have no idea what it takes for me to go in there positive. It takes me two days to get psyched up for it.”

LIFE: Luckily, you and Ellen Pompeo must have had great chemistry during your audition.
DEMPSEY: They didn’t offer me the part. I got it because Rob Lowe turned it down. But first I had to test with her, so she had all the cards. She was very attentive during my audition, and I felt . . . welcomed. Also, she had a Boston accent, and I’m from Maine. I found that endearing.

Love that he's just such a down-to-earth guy who's thankful for all that he has. It's refreshing to see a celebrity so appreciative. More of Patrick posing for the pages of Life so


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BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 9 years
Wow, he looks so handsome in these pics. :rotfl: I totally didn't realize he was leaning on his wife's belly in the first pic! hahaha
brokenhalo brokenhalo 9 years
I'll have a McDreamy with fries please! :DROOL:
Tiinnaaaa Tiinnaaaa 9 years
i love this guy!!
kafarine-tin-tin kafarine-tin-tin 9 years
He's just so nice. And damn good lookin! :D:D
pink_magnetism pink_magnetism 9 years
I can't wait until Grey's comes back on here!
ethiopian_princess ethiopian_princess 9 years
That belly bump just looks odd. It's like the photog said, "oh, just him and the baby in this take." I am kinda over the cast of Grey's except Katherine Heigl. Patrick Dempsey is kinda overrated.
KimmiAnn KimmiAnn 9 years
I looooove these pics! I've always thought he was a hottie even when he was playing the nerd. I went to rock and roll heaven, and I wasn't on the guest list. Debra - Empire Records
Neural Neural 9 years
I don't really watch "Grey's", but I loved him in "Can't Buy Me Love". :)
BostonChick BostonChick 9 years
Yay for New Englanders gettin' some great success in Hollywood! Patrick is such a good looking guy and Ellen is kick ass cool. I wish them both the best.
Daisy6264 Daisy6264 9 years
I never watched the show.
dvdsky81 dvdsky81 9 years
As much as I love Grey's and him in it (and I really really really do) my favorite part of his, I think, has to be in With Honors. If you haven't seen that movie, do. It's my favorite for some really odd reason. I loooove his character-exactly my type of guy to the T. Plus, it's such a brilliant movie-completely underrated.
Aja Aja 9 years
I love Patrick. I met him years ago when I worked in a shop in Santa Monica...he came in and bought a jump rope from me. He's so sweet. I wish him the best. He's going to make a great father.
lindaloo lindaloo 9 years
What's NOT to like here???
slashyelizabeth slashyelizabeth 9 years
he's cute but he doesn't do it for me. still, i gotta love any man who puts his kids first
Isabella-Welling Isabella-Welling 9 years
all i can think of when i see him is the movie can't buy me love!! :)reminds me of how cute he was riding around on the tractor!! :)lol
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
He looks great...loved him in his '80s movies, and I'm so glad he has a good (and well-tressed) head on his shoulders to this day.
KellyLiz KellyLiz 9 years
He is so great and does no wrong in my eyes I am soo excited that there is a new episode of Grey on tonight it feels like forever since I have seen a new one!!
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 9 years
I think he is sooooo handsome!!
Deba Deba 9 years
BRITNEY TAKE NOTE: LIFE: In what ways has fatherhood changed you? DEMPSEY: 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?"
nomerz nomerz 9 years
I adore him-- plain and simple.
sashak sashak 9 years
did ya'll see him on Ellen? she gave him two tiny scrubs outfits, one w/ McCutie & one w/ McCuddle!! I'm not a dig fan but that was the cutest!
madhershey71 madhershey71 9 years
I ADORE HIM. OMG, HE IS A DREAM.......YUMMY...WHAT A MAN...... LOL, I WISH I WAS HAVING HIS TWINS..... I KNOW I AM DREAMING...
rubialala rubialala 9 years
I love this guy. And this is such a good article, it just makes him all that more loveable!!! Cute pics with the pregnant tummy. So sweet.
3Sweeties 3Sweeties 9 years
He is adoreable. And I love his hair!
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 9 years
i dont think i would have liked the show as much as i do with rob lowe!
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