Patrick Dempsey says he feels he chose the right moment to quit 'Grey's Anatomy' after 10 years
Patrick's role as neurosurgeon Dr. Derek Shepherd won him several accolades but also millions of hearts. And now he plays the lead in 'The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair'.
In a recent interview actor Patrick Dempsey, promoting his new series 'The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair', revealed that he left the highly successful show 'Grey's Anatomy' that catapulted him to fame because he was a little bored. He also emphasized how he felt that he had chosen the right moment to quit the show, three years ago.
He told I News that it had been a decade and he wanted to get on with fresher things. "Look, 10 years is a long time to be on any show. It's very hard to keep the storylines intriguing, especially on a network show with 25 episodes a year. So for me, it was time to go ... it's nice to move on and have new challenges." But fans think otherwise. "They want me to come back to the show which, given what happened to Derek, is really quite funny," says the actor.
Patrick played the role of the neurosurgeon Dr. Derek Shepherd that not only won him several accolades but also millions of hearts. He won the People’s Choice Favourite Male TV Star award three times. He landed on many sexist men ever lists and was given the name of McDreamy by fans. The 52-year-old actor said that the term will definitely be with him till his last days, "That will follow me to my grave, there’s no question about that." He also appeared in two episodes of the later Grey's spinoff 'Private Practice', playing the same character of Dr. Shepherd. The series took place at Seaside Wellness Center (formerly Oceanside Health & Wellness Group) and chronicled the life of Dr. Addison Montgomery, played by Kate Walsh, after she left Seattle Grace Hospital in order to join a private practice, located in Los Angeles. 'Private Practice' also revolved around Addison's co-workers at Seaside Wellness Center, and how they deal with patients and the practice while still finding time to live their everyday lives.
He also added that although he loved his time as Dr. Shepherd he hopes that people who loved him on the show will also be supportive of his future projects. He will be appearing next in 'The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair'. The mystery-drama miniseries, based on the novel of the same name by Joël Dicker, can be seen on Epix. The series is directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud and stars Patrick Dempsey, Ben Schnetzer, Damon Wayans Jr., and Virginia Madsen.
Speaking about the show, which began airing September 4, he said, "When you play a character, you want it to be unexpected. You want to keep being able to surprise the audience. Then hopefully you take your core audience from Grey’s Anatomy, stretch them and make them come on a journey with you. Constantly improving as an artist." He also hoped that this miniseries would be a break for the audience. "Drama is absolutely vital in this turbulent world. It offers an escape from a world that’s incredibly complicated and depressing." In a way, he is also hoping that the audience sees him as someone other than just McDreamy.