Patrick Dempsey: Healthy Ego or Egomaniacal?

January 12, 2007 12:00:00 Posted at January 12, 2007 12:00:00
Lainey Posted by Lainey
On the cover of Details this month – a rather candid interview in which he discusses his re-ascent and his future. As you know, I’m not a huge fan. Not that I particularly dislike him (those sentiments are reserved for the stone-faced wife), I just don’t particularly care. There’s no swooning, there’s no sh-t-losing, and there’s definitely no panty ripping …unlike my eTalk producer Jennifer who has plastered his face all over her desk. But I digress. The point is, when it comes to Patrick Dempsey – take it or leave it – I’m rather indifferent. Having said that, there is one quality I appreciate very much. And no, not the hair. Patrick you see has a bit of Angelina in him. He COULD give a canned interview but oftentimes he doesn’t. Instead, he seems to prefer to answer honestly, without much of a censor, and like Jolie before him, the results are at once insightful, intriguing, perhaps controversial, and possibly detrimental. Or not. Key quotes from the article suggest a very positive attitude and quite a robust ego, especially for someone whose rise from the dead is barely 12 months old. Note the highlighted section: “Things are going well, but I’m not satisfied. I don’t think the character is going to change that much. Shonda Rhimes has created a great show. And I’m contributing to that and have benefited from that profoundly. And she’s benefited by being smart enough to cast me when no one else did. It’s been a great opportunity, but it’s not the end-all, be-all of where I want to go.” Don’t begrudge him about seeing beyond Grey’s Anatomy, but Shonda “being smart enough” to give him a job? Coulda been phrased differently, don’t you think? Suggestion: “Shonda created a great show, I am grateful that she saw something in me and made me part of it when I had limited opportunities. I would like to believe that I’ve honoured her confidence by making a great impact.” Bit more humble, non? Then again, humility wasn’t entirely absent. Patrick goes on to say: “It has given me so much confidence. I went through five years where I didn’t get anything from auditions. You start to think, Well, I’m not attractive, I’m not a good actor. But I never gave up. I just accepted this is who I am. I’m not George Clooney, I’m not Brad Pitt, but I’m uniquely who I am.” And in spite of the chubby ego comments above, THAT is what I admire. Patrick KNOWS he ain’t George, it sounds like he KNOWS he’s found his level, is comfortable inside that box, and will not reach beyond his station. Quite a refreshing change from the delusional tv girls and boys constantly pining for Oscar gold. Pray Goddess Dr McDreamy does not become Rachel Green. Source
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