Patrick Dempsey says his ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ return honors frontline staff ‘who’re on the market taking good care of us’ amid COVID-19

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Patrick Dempsey (Photo: JOEL SAGET/AFP through Getty Images)In a time of uncertainty, it’s good to see a well-known face, even when it’s once you activate the TV — and Patrick Dempsey has been simply that to many.The actor’s shock visitor return to Grey’s Anatomy was a spectacular deal with for viewers who, throughout his authentic 11-season run, felt a way of calm wanting in Dr. Derek Shepherd’s reassuring eyes. And that is only one of many initiatives he has occurring throughout this unpredictable time.First issues first, sure, there will likely be extra McGhost to return when the ABC medical drama returns March four with Dempsey telling Yahoo Entertainment, “There’s definitely more to air,” with two of his 4 episodes airing to this point, “but I’m done with my part of the shooting, the production side.”Asked if he’s pleased with the way it turned out, he says he completed what he got down to do when he agreed to return, which has reunited his late character, who had been killed off in 2015, together with his COVID-19 stricken spouse Dr. Meredith Grey (performed by Ellen Pompeo).“You know what I’m really happy about, and we have to constantly remember, is all of the men and women who are in the hospitals and the responders are going through a hell of a journey right now,” says Dempsey because the nation’s COVID-19 circumstances soar, particularly in California and its Los Angeles County, the place Grey’s shoots. “We need to remember their sacrifice and their commitment and keep that in mind. I think that was the intention moving forward. How can we honor the people who are out there taking care of us and our family members? That was the good intention that brought us back with that messaging. I think that’s important. Wear your mask and be careful out there. Take care of each other.”Dempsey has been performing in Hollywood since he was a teen, nevertheless it’s an unprecedented time working with all of the COVID protocols. When we discuss, he’s simply arrived on the East Coast from California and is quarantining forward of capturing the CBS political drama pilot Ways & Means.Story continuesHis 55th birthday was Jan. 13 and he had no plans, explaining, “I’m sort of in isolation for the next few days in order to be safe to go back to work. So I will use that time to reflect and to be grateful and assess all the things I have to be grateful for.” Though he provides, “I don’t particularly like getting any older,” with fun. “It is what it is.”Ways & Means comes at an particularly attention-grabbing time — with Washington, D.C., and U.S. politics in chaos. He performs a disillusioned congressional chief who varieties a secret alliance with a congresswoman from the opposing celebration, performed by Pretty Little Liars’s Troian Bellisario, in hopes of saving U.S. politics.“Yeah, there’s a lot of volatility in the world and a great opportunity for us,” he says of the function. “Things are changing so quickly we’re having to adapt. So we are in pre-production at the moment and trying to stay ahead of all the events and we’ll see what we come up with. It’s exciting certainly and scary at the same time.”When he’s accomplished with the pilot, he’s off to Rome in February to make Season 2 of Devils, an Italian drama in regards to the finance world, which was acquired by The CW and aired within the fall. There’s additionally discuss of “possibly fitting Enchanted 2 in this year,” he says of the Disney flick that paired him with Amy Adams within the authentic. He already has the script for the sequel, to be referred to as Disenchanted, which is capturing within the spring.“There’s a lot of work. I’m very grateful for that,” Dempsey says.A facet undertaking amid all that is being the brand new face of Poland Spring’s Origin line. The longtime New England spring water model, now going nationwide with the road that boasts bottles made out of 100 p.c recycled plastic, is understood for being “born in Maine” — and so was Dempsey. He fortunately returned to his home state, the place he owns a home and his Dempsey Center, the non-profit that assists in treating most cancers sufferers, relies, to shoot the industrial in mid-November. It sees him in his pure aspect — amid the inexperienced and beautiful pines.Dempsey says he goes again to the state “once a month usually anyway for the work with the center. So I spend a lot of time [there] and I appreciate it. The older I get, the more and more I appreciate the great state of Maine.” So making the industrial there was a deal with, despite the fact that it wasn’t essentially straightforward on account of COVID.They shot in Northern Maine and regardless of a wind chill issue of 17 levels and it beginning to snow, “It was nice to be outside,” he says. “A lot of people had been cooped up in the city and they got a chance to be outside to work. For them, it was really quite inspiring. At the same time, it’s been very challenging because you are having to commit to the procedures. So having a mask on, a face screen. It’s incredibly challenging for the crew — and the actors are vulnerable without a mask or any of that on. It takes a lot longer to do things. It’s a lot harder to do things. But at the same time we’re finding ways to move forward in a safe way for the crew and for the actors.”As for the way his family — he and his make-up artist spouse Jillian Dempsey are mother and father to daughter Talula, 18, and twin sons Darby and Sullivan, 13 — has been navigating this time, he says not that totally different than everybody else.“Like every family, I think people are struggling with Zoom school and dealing with that,” he says. “It’s [supposed to be] a social period for teenagers and that’s part of their development. It’s my daughter’s first year in college. Everyone is struggling and trying to do the best they can — and hopefully going into this new year we’ll have better leadership going forward.”Read extra from Yahoo Entertainment: