Now, Patrick is the cover for Entertainment Weekly’s annual photo issue, which includes a 10-page portfolio of his McDreaminess. Here are some snippets:
At his lowest point, Dempsey’s search for himself even landed him in the pages of a J. Crew catalog. “It was fun to fulfill that kind of [preppy] role. It was just one of those things that was helping to change my image.”
Dempsey’s metamorphosis from McDorky to McDreamy didn’t really get under way until 1999. “I went and did other things, like starting a relationship that was loving and nurturing.”
When it finally came time to try out for McDreamy’s scrubs, playing the wounded-buck role felt like second nature. “Grey’s was a really good fit at the right time. And when the McDreamy catchphrase caught on, I was like, ‘Wow, this is really quite something.’”
“I’d like to see him marry Meredith,” Dempsey says of Dr. Shepherd’s romance with the will-o’-the-wisp resident played by Ellen Pompeo. “All the relationships on the show are deeply flawed, but I think there should be a healthy one to be found somewhere.”
Entertainment Weekly’s annual photo issue hits newsstands on Monday. More quotes here.