Patrick Dempsey: Becoming a dad is very humbling

Patrick Dempsey: Becoming a dad is very humbling

Known for his role as Dr Derek Shepherd in medical-drama series Grey's Anatomy, Hollywood actor Patrick Dempsey is now the new face for Portuguese fashion label Sacoor Brothers.

Here are excerpts from an interview with the 47-year-old where he speaks about life as a father - Dempsey has twin boys, six, and a daughter, 11 - and keeping chickens at home.

After eight years, do you still enjoy playing Dr Shepherd?

Yes. We are going to start Season 10 (of Grey's Anatomy), which is remarkable. We are close to 200 episodes. It's been a remarkable journey.

Will it be difficult to part from that character once the show is over?

I think so, because it's been a very long relationship. It's been (nearly) 10 years. That's a big chunk of your life.

Would you see yourself working as a doctor in real life?

I don't know if I'd work as a doctor. Certainly, playing a doctor on television has helped me start The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing (so), in some ways, that's nice.

People project (the idea of Dr Shepherd) onto (me). And to be able to do something that is positive in the community that I grew up in is probably the most satisfying thing for me that's come out of (being a part of) Grey's Anatomy.

Would you say that paternity changed you?

Sure. I think it constantly reminds you of how much more you need to work on yourself and to be able to guide (your kids) in a way to create an environment for them to be nurtured, developed and loved, so that they can find their own voice and their individuality. It's very humbling, it makes you remember your mother, your father and your childhood.

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