‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Patrick Dempsey Wants You to Forget He Was Ever ‘Mcdreamy’

Patrick Dempsey’s tragic death on Grey’s Anatomy was almost five years ago, but to fans, it seems like just yesterday. Everyone loved Dempsey’s character, Derek Shepherd, practically a little too much for Dempsey, who was ready to move on from playing, ‘McDreamy’ after 11 long seasons. 

Since wrapping filming on the Shepherd years of his life, Dempsey has been looking for more in-depth character development. Let’s take a look at what roles he is playing now. They are both a far cry from his days as ‘McDreamy.’

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Patrick Dempsey at MIPCOM 2019 | Arnold Jerocki/Getty Images

Dempsey is starring in an Italian financial thriller, ‘Devils’

Dempsey moved on from the American market and is now working on spreading his name across Europe, where he has a chance to start over. His new project is a ten-part English-language series based on an Italian novel. The book is loosely based on the financial crisis that consumed global markets in 2008.

The former Grey’s Anatomy star described the project to Deadline, “It’s an international story and has a different perspective on the financial world to the one that we’re used to, usually from the American perspective.” 

Dempsey also said, “I love being in Europe, and you want to do something different, you want to challenge yourself. You go from the guy everybody loves to the guy you’re not sure about.” 

It sounds like Dempsey is thrilled to move on to something more complicated than Derek Shepherd. 

Dempsey plays the CEO of a powerful investment bank

The Italian drama premiered at Mipcom earlier this month. Dempsey was in town to rep the project in which he plays Dominic Morgan, CEO of the London office of a large U.S. bank. 

Dempsey stars alongside Alessandro Borghi, who plays Massimo Ruggero, Head of Trading. Ruggero ends up involved in an intercontinental financial war that is destroying Europe. The two characters have to decide whether to be allies or enemies.

Dempsey told Deadline, “I like the fact that you don’t know whether he’s the good guy or a bad guy, you don’t know which way he’s coming from, and as it progresses, you’re even less sure of what he’s up to.”

It sounds like a fascinating series with active character development. Dempsey has undoubtedly moved on to more extraordinary things than Grey’s Anatomy with his acting career. 

Previous to ‘Devils,’ Dempsey starred in another Italian miniseries

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair was sold and distributed in International markets in 2018. The miniseries, starring Dempsey is now available on Prime Video in the U.S.

In it, Dempsey plays an esteemed American author who is the primary suspect in a murder investigation. The miniseries is also a short ten-episodes like Devils.

Dempsey may have gotten his wish to play the romantic love interest no longer, but to us, he will always be ‘McDreamy.’