It has been more than five years since Patrick Dempsey left the series that launched him to fame, Grey's Anatomy . In the long-lived series of the American network ABC, with 17 seasons, he gave life to Dr. Derek Sheperd, partner of the protagonist, Meredith Gray (played by Ellen Pompeo). When he left in 2015 he knew there was no going back, because his character would disappear permanently.
Many wondered then what was the real reason that made Dempsey, then on the crest of the wave thanks to the ten seasons in the who had gotten into the shoes of the so-called Doctor Massif, decided to abandon a series in which he was the protagonist and earned millions. But now he acknowledges that the toxic environment that surrounded the recording environment helped him make the leap.
Dempsey endorses a words that his then partner, Ellen Pompeo, said in Variety magazine a year and a half ago. Then she recounted that there had been "many moments" in which she was about to abandon ship. "The first 10 years," said the person who plays Meredith Gray, "we had serious cultural problems, very bad behavior, a really toxic work environment." However, for her everything changed when she started having children and focusing on them. "At 40 years old, where am I going to make so much money? I have to take care of my children. After season 10 there were big changes in front of and behind the cameras. My goal was to live an experience in which I was happy and of which I was proud, because we had had many problems for 10 years. My mission was: 'This cannot be fantastic for the public and a disaster from behind. Pompeo raised his voice for equal pay and in recent seasons of the series he has pocketed more than 18 million euros.
Now Dempsey has been asked about it in an interview with the British newspaper The Independent and in it he endorses the words of his co-star. "I think that anytime you are in an environment where you work 17 hours a day, six days a week, it is very difficult to maintain that healthy environment," he says, hinting at the shortcomings of the shoot. He does concede that, shortly before his departure in 2014, that “toxic culture” that Pompeo was referring to began to improve slightly: “I noticed things were changing with respect to how day-to-day operations leadership was managed. day. There is already more equality in the team and in its dynamics. People have grown, changed and learned, and they have turned it around. That's what life is about. ”
Despite the actor's final departure from the series, a few months ago he decided to return. It was in the form of a dream and during an episode related to the covid. But he does not rule out returning a couple more times, a little later. He says that it was "a very special experience for everyone." “We all cried and all of us were disturbed by many things, emotionally speaking. It was very healing ”. And that, he assures, at times he felt "reified" for being that "Solid Doctor." "It's the way it was built, it's an archetype, but it's not me."
The actor has decided to change the register and enter darker, more complex roles. After starring in the television adaptation of the novel The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair , he is now immersed in the filming of a thriller with a financial background called Devils , also an adaptation of another book. Despite being a very popular character and having almost six million followers on Instagram , for him to observe and imitate what celebrities do on the networks “is not the key to happiness”, but rather defends that “life is being altruistic and giving back, everything else is a distraction. ”
In fact, these months the actor has been focused on his most personal side, on his funny dogs, very portrayed on his Instagram profile, and on his family: he is married with makeup artist and businesswoman Jillian Dempsey , who has a cosmetics line, and they both have a daughter, Talula, 18, and two 14-year-old twins, Darby and Sullivan. But also in defending the causes in which he believes: he has made continuous calls for Americans to vote in the elections on November 3, he has sought to make them aware of wearing masks and has been focused on maintaining his free wellness center against cancer, the Dempsey Center , which has two locations in the state of Maine and also has extensive programming and virtual care for patients around the world.