published : 2023-11-09
Patrick Dempsey named People's Sexiest Man Alive at 57: 'My ego takes a nice little bump'
Patrick Dempsey had been featured in People's Sexiest Man Alive issue 10 times before landing the cover
Renowned actor Patrick Dempsey has been crowned People's Sexiest Man Alive at the age of 57, sending his ego soaring.
This prestigious honor comes after Dempsey graced the cover of the iconic magazine ten times in the past, always in supporting roles.
But now, finally, the Hollywood heartthrob claims the spotlight as the main attraction.
"I've been the bridesmaid," Dempsey confessed exclusively to People. "Now I get the big picture, not the little picture that's on the side."
In an interview, the former "Grey's Anatomy" star expressed his delight at receiving the recognition at this point in his life.
He sees it as an opportunity to bring positivity and joy, saying, "It's nice to have the recognition, it's fun. If you can use this for something positive, it's good. And certainly, my ego takes a nice little bump."
Beyond his acting career, Dempsey is deeply passionate about the Dempsey Center, which he established in memory of his late mother.
Located in Maine, the center offers invaluable personalized and comprehensive cancer care at no cost to patients.
During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel's late-night show, Dempsey playfully quipped that the decision to name him Sexiest Man Alive was long overdue.
"We've been close a few times," he chuckled, finally relishing in his triumph.
According to Dempsey, he dedicated himself to fasting and rigorous gym sessions in the month leading up to the cover shoot, demonstrating his commitment to living up to the title.
Reflecting on the fleeting nature of fame, Dempsey advised everyone to savor the present moment.
"You have to enjoy the moment when you have it. The year goes by so quickly," he cautioned.
While Chris Evans held the title last year, Dempsey confessed that he hadn't heard from the "Avengers" star yet, but remained hopeful for a congratulatory message soon.
When it came to revealing his achievement to his family, Dempsey encountered disbelief.
He described their reaction, saying, "I was completely shocked, and then I laughed and was like, 'You're kidding me? This is a joke, right?'... They laughed – quite hard. They were like, 'No seriously, who is it?' And I'm like, 'No, it's me.'"
Patrick Dempsey continues to appreciate the opportunity his newfound title brings to raise awareness for the Dempsey Center and its invaluable work.
His journey as an actor has been one of determination and perseverance, finally culminating in this moment of triumph.
Through his talent, charm, and philanthropy, Dempsey has become more than just a handsome face. He is a beacon of hope and inspiration for fans around the world.