Patrick Dempsey is taking a break from being (mc)dreamy to appear in one of the biggest action flicks of the summer, 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon.' The 45-year-old Mainer was in New York promoting the popcorn pleaser accompanied by his brood, 9 year-old Tallula and 4-year-old twins, Darby and Sullivan. PopEater caught up with him on the way to a park in downtown Manhattan. He'd done FAO Schwartz and a Lego store the day before. Dempsey sounded distracted and, refreshingly, just like every other parent dealing with boisterous children.
Hello ... Hello?
(Pause) Yeah hi, sorry I'm with my kids in the car, we're trying to get around traffic. Yeah we're just trying to get them figured out. How are you?
I'm good. How are you?
(Sounding distracted) Um, okay.
So you're in the new 'Transformers' movie. Was it weird being in a big action movie?
Oh no it was a lot of fun. I had a blast.
It was certainly a departure to go from a Shonda Rhimes show to a Michael Bay movie. They couldn't be further from each other. It was very schizophrenic to go from one to the other.
This is your 8th year on 'Grey's Anatomy.' How many times can you guys break up and get back together?
Well that's my question. That's the big thing, I think everyone's getting very, very tired of that I think it's important that we move forward otherwise there's just not going to be anymore shows. Everyone including the actors are tired of that. It's up to ABC whether we will come back for another season.
Are you still happy doing the show?
I'm sorry what did you just say? My kids are fighting.
Wait, that's more interesting. What are your kids fighting about?
Oh, it doesn't matter. One wants Lego, typical stuff. Just trying to get them all satisfied.
Are you constantly separating them?
Pretty much and you feel like you've turned into your mother or father. It's like you're possessed by them. The worst is when they're all crying and you can't do anything and then they turn on a dime and your head is just completely spinning.
Your daughter is nine.
She's starting to lose that little girl quality and have that tween energy. You have to be very careful in keeping that in check. It's very scary. It's like, if she's going to be like this at nine, what is she going to be like at 15?
Are you so thrilled that you've been blessed with a full head of hair?
(Laughs) Especially now that my friends are starting to lose their hair. It's usually a pain in the ass to deal with so I just throw on a baseball cap and cover it.
Do you have lots of different shampoos and conditioners?
No, I don't like to deal with it. No! Stay on the sidewalk, don't run into the street! Shonda Rhimes says that my hair has its own number on the call sheet. C'mon buddy, I'm sorry where were we? All day long I'm running after them and I'm trying to have some family time and at the same time I'm promoting this movie.
Do you almost feel like a doctor at this point?
Yeah I'm always getting asked for medical advice and I freely give it now, like I'm some pseudo-doctor which gets me into trouble, I don't know what I'm talking about! I'll just get sued for malpractice.
If your wife asks you to take out that garbage do you ever say, 'I'm Dr. McDreamy, Dammit!'
No that does not work in my house. At all.
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