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Patrick Dempsey: Acting is my job

Published 26/07/2013 | 12:43

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Patrick Dempsey sees his acting work in Grey's Anatomy as a job rather than a passion

Patrick Dempsey has admitted that he sees acting as a job.

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The actor - who has been playing Grey's Anatomy's Dr Derek Shepherd for nine seasons - hinted during a discussion at the Television Critics Association Press Tour that he considers acting to be his profession rather than his passion.

Patrick was talking about his new racing show and was asked by The Wrap if he was bored with his medical drama, and replied: "I'm not necessarily bored with the show. I'm very grateful that I have a show that's been on for 10 years, but I'm not the creator, I'm not the writer.

"This I can create ... it's a trade, quite honestly. And that's fine. When you're on a show [that's been on for 200 episodes] it's about surviving and finding ways to turn yourself on with the material that you're given."

His new series, Patrick Dempsey: Racing Le Mans, follows the keen racing driver's bid to compete in the legendary car race.

"It's a different type of passion," he said. "I'm an actor, so that's my profession, that's my job. It's a trade."

He went on: "Racing is a constant discovery, and when you're on a long show there's less discovery and more of an endurance of having to be present and to do the job, and find ways to keep yourself turned on."

The actor said that working on Grey's is "more about discovery in the moment".

"There's not a lot of homework that goes into it. You learn your lines, you try to be present," he said.

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