News Patrick Dempsey: PEOPLE's 2023 Sexiest Man Alive
Patrick Dempsey: PEOPLE's 2023 Sexiest Man Alive
In a dazzling turn of events, Patrick Dempsey, the charismatic actor known for his iconic role as Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd on Grey’s Anatomy, has been crowned PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2023. Nearly two decades after capturing hearts as the swoon-worthy neurosurgeon, Dempsey, now 57, reflects on his journey from an endearing outcast in 'Can’t Buy Me Love' to earning the coveted title of the sexiest man alive.
McDreamy's Evolution: A Heartthrob Returns
From his breakthrough in the late '80s to the undeniable allure he brought to Grey’s Anatomy, Dempsey’s heartthrob status has endured, gracing the pages of PEOPLE numerous times. Now, with the Sexiest Man Alive crown, he takes center stage once again, showcasing that age is no barrier to charm and appeal.
A Humble Reaction: Shock, Laughter, and Gratitude
In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE for this week's cover story, Dempsey shares his genuine reaction to the unexpected honor. “I was completely shocked, and then I started laughing, like, this is a joke, right? I’ve always been the bridesmaid!” he exclaims, humorously reflecting on his surprise at the announcement.
“I’d completely forgotten about it and never even contemplated being in this position. So my ego is good.” Despite the initial disbelief, Dempsey expresses gratitude for the recognition and sees it as an opportunity to leverage his status for positive endeavors.
Beyond the Spotlight: Family, Philanthropy, and Passions
While his Hollywood career has been a constant source of admiration, Dempsey’s heart lies in his philanthropic efforts. The Dempsey Center, founded in honor of his late mother, is a testament to his commitment to supporting cancer patients and their loved ones.
Away from the glitz and glamour, Dempsey is a devoted family man, sharing his life with wife Jillian and their children, including Talula, 21, and 16-year-old twins Sullivan and Darby. Beyond family, his love for race-car driving adds another layer to the multifaceted persona that has earned him the title of Sexiest Man Alive.
“I’m glad it’s happening at this point in my life,” Dempsey reflects. “It’s nice to have the recognition, and certainly my ego takes a little bump, but it gives me the platform to use it for something positive.”
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