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Patrick Didn't Let Dyslexia Stop Him

Patrick Didn't Let Dyslexia Stop Him

How cute are these two? Patrick obviously doesn't let Grey's get in the way of spending time with his daughter Tallulah Fyfe. He spent his birthday taking a ride with her. That's just one of the benefits of working as part of an ensemble cast (which, in case you missed it, scored best drama at the Golden Globes). Patrick's latest film Freedom Writer is about a teacher who helps kids in a gang-infested high school realize their potential. Patrick said he could relate to the frustrations of the kids in the movie. He was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of 12 and ended up dropping out of high school. Here's more:

  • How do you think this affected you?
    DEMPSEY: I didn’t really start my education until I dropped out of high school. Because of acting, I had to learn to work through my reading issues. I had private coaching. If I couldn’t read a line, I had someone tell it to me. Once I had it, I could run with it. I still do that. . . . What I don’t like about Grey’s Anatomy is they never give you the script until the last minute. I fight those anxieties every time I sit down for a table read-through. So I’m not completely over it.
  • Does education worry you, as a parent?
    DEMPSEY: It concerns me now with my children. How do I develop them and their learning styles? Reading to my daughter has been therapeutic. 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 great to know that he's turned a negative experience into a positive one for him and his daughter. And he's going to have a few more little ones to read to pretty soon. He and his wife are expecting twins!

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iheartfooty iheartfooty 10 years
An inspiration....I have the worse form of it called dyspraxia (it is when your hand eye co-ordination is compromised) and your spelling goes out the window, I know what he went through as a kid, I was LATE diagnosed myself with the problem I have have and to read that, I myself have got a degree in a science and when you work hard (doubly hard) you get the riches.....mine bar a job
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
For some reason I can see him getting a huge head and divorcing his wife. I'm not hoping that for them, I just wouldn't be surprised if it did.
Allize Allize 10 years
He is like a fine wine, he was always sweet but he has improved with age. And it is so nice to see a nice family man in hollywood.
Fancy04 Fancy04 10 years
wonderful father.
blondie01 blondie01 10 years
he's so cute!
siouxsie siouxsie 10 years
i love her bike. i had one like that growing up... and WOOT! i'm silver bitches....:WOOHOO:
kafarine-tin-tin kafarine-tin-tin 10 years
'Thats so sweet with his daughter. Shes adorable.
:D Patrick is a keeper! *cant buy me loooo-huuuvvv!* ~Let's Go~
Pokemyhontas Pokemyhontas 10 years
Man, it just makes me love him even more. My brother has lived with dyslexia too and I know how difficult it is. I can't imagine having to learn an entire script all at the last minute. God bless you, Patrick.
notoriousrem_22 notoriousrem_22 10 years
my gosh this man is beautiful... "stay far from timid, only make moves when your hearts in it and live the phrase sky's the limit."
rubialala rubialala 10 years
I love that he is an example to others by telling the obstacles he had to overcome. He is SOOOOOOOOOO cute out riding his bike with his daughter.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
So many people have learned to compensate for their reading disabilities; happy to know that he is speaking out about his. Maybe this will help others to not be afraid to confront their own problems. Good for him. (Broken Halo: I loved McSquished!)
lemuse20 lemuse20 10 years
I never would have guessed.
new2man new2man 10 years
He is the perfect example of why you should always be nice to the nerdy guys - they turn into the HOT men! (well, of course not all of them do, and you should be nice to all people, but man, he turned into a hottie!)
brokenhalo brokenhalo 10 years
LOL mangopassion! That WOULD be a tragedy. We would have to call him McSquished! (I know, I'm evil :EVIL: )
mangopassion mangopassion 10 years
OK, love the pics with him and his little girl. Just one thing... this really frosts me whenever I see it- why is the kid the only one wearing a helmet? Shouldn't parents lead by example? Plus, it would be sad to see his head all messed up if he fell!
tra tra 10 years
He sounds so down-to-earth and is such a loving father!
lindaloo lindaloo 10 years
Wow, I never knew he dropped out of high school!
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
awwwwwww how cute!
Fantasia1 Fantasia1 10 years
that is soooo cute!
brokenhalo brokenhalo 10 years
AW! So cute!
PrincessCristie PrincessCristie 10 years
*He seems like a great father! I'm so happy for him and his wife!
tifygodess24 tifygodess24 10 years
Thats great that he is willing to admit that he has struggled with dyslexia . That might help so many people who are to ashamed to admit that they have trouble reading , or whatever it may be. When a celeb shows that they are human I think they should be commended. To many celebs want everyone to look at them as if they are perfect and without fault. Good for him for setting a great example!
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