Men's Vogue Joins Patrick Dempsey's Pit Crew as he Races to the Season Finale of Grey's Anatomy

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Men's Vogue Deputy Editor Ned Martel writes in the June/July issue that Patrick Dempsey of Grey's Anatomy ''is a man trapped inside a woman's soap opera.''

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It's like working with a doctor and knowing they're exhausted and sending them home for 36 hours of sleep. Patrick comes back (from racing) ready to attack the material in a new way. Maybe it's spending all that time with all those guys and all that gasoline. He comes back happy.

Men's Vogue Deputy Editor Ned Martel writes in the June/July issue that Patrick Dempsey of Grey's Anatomy ''is a man trapped inside a woman's soap opera.'' Dempsey's on-screen persona, Dr. Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd, and his recent chick-flick Made of Honor do little to convince husbands and boyfriends worldwide that he truly is a guy's guy. Shonda Rhimes, Grey's executive producer, says of Dempsey's character, "Dr. Shepherd is the embodiment of a man that women wish existed. During the show, women turn to their husbands and say: 'Why don't you talk to me like that? Why don't you look at me like that?'" But the race car-driving family man might just be the kind of friend men wish they had:

Dempsey, who learned to maneuver race cars in his Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series League, explains his need for speed:
"It's really about relaxation, but it's about being aggressive too!" He doesn't mind receiving hard feedback after laps from Joe Foster, the team's lead driver and engineer. Dempsey says, "It's like a director giving you a note after each take. I love an adjustment. It gives me something to focus on."

Dempsey takes a Yankee pride in earning things, Mr. Martel writes:
"He collects watches though he won't wear a Rolex until he wins one on the track." Dempsey says "I'm a beginner, and I cannot forget that; I can't pretend to be anything else."

On his first marriage to Rochelle "Rocky" Parker, a woman 27 years Dempsey's senior:
"That relationship was so outside any normal relationship, but what I got out of it was a lot of life skills. It was like finishing school for this business. It's given me the tools and resources and experience that have prepared me for having a family."

As for TV drama, the set of Grey's Anatomy has had its share, referring to the infamous Isaiah Washington/homophobic outburst:
"Sometimes you're in an emotional place and you can be short with people. But as soon as you go outside the building, you have to let it go...I think we lost season three completely, it took everyone a long time to get back. A lot of stuff came up. It was the end of the innocence."

The set is more comfortable now and Dempsey is looking for new challenges. He strives to be better and would like to have more men tuning in each week. Ms. Rhimes is happy that her leading man is game for trying harder, which is why she indulges him in the breaks he requests for car racing:
"It's like working with a doctor and knowing they're exhausted and sending them home for 36 hours of sleep. Patrick comes back (from racing) ready to attack the material in a new way. Maybe it's spending all that time with all those guys and all that gasoline. He comes back happy."

The June/July issue of Men's Vogue is available on newsstands now. For more on Patrick Dempsey and for expanded coverage of this issue, go to http://www.mensvogue.com .

For more information, contact Elissa Lumley at 212-286-2225

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