7 Surprising Twists Patrick Dempsey’s Career Has Taken (PHOTOS)

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7 Surprising Twists Patrick Dempsey’s Career Has Taken (PHOTOS)

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7 Surprising Twists Patrick Dempsey’s Career Has Taken (PHOTOS)

Patrick Dempsey made the press rounds last year to promote his latest movie, Bridget Jones’s Baby. But along the way, he talked about his life and his career, and not just his work on Grey's Anatomy.

Click through the slideshow above to read seven plot twists from his life in the spotlight. (Could you imagine Patrick Dempsey, the clown?)

7 Surprising Twists Patrick Dempsey’s Career Has Taken (PHOTOS)
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He (unsuccessfully) tried to join the circus

He (unsuccessfully) tried to join the circus Credit: Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Porsche Design

“I signed up to try and get into Ringling Brothers,” he told EW Radio. “The questionnaire is the most absurd thing you’ve ever seen like, ‘How do you get along with people in small cars?’”

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He (unsuccessfully) tried to join the circus

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“I signed up to try and get into Ringling Brothers,” he told EW Radio. “The questionnaire is the most absurd thing you’ve ever seen like, ‘How do you get along with people in small cars?’”

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He wasn’t always the resident heartthrob

He wasn’t always the resident heartthrob Credit: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

“I played all these nerdy characters in my early career,” he told AOL Build. “I was always sort of that odd kid in school. So it’s nice to have the attention.”

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He wasn’t always the resident heartthrob

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“I played all these nerdy characters in my early career,” he told AOL Build. “I was always sort of that odd kid in school. So it’s nice to have the attention.”

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He went through a career dry spell

He went through a career dry spell Credit: ABC

“I auditioned for 10 years without ever getting a job,” he revealed on AOL Build. “This was after Can’t Buy Me Love came out and a number of movies. 10 years.”

He went through a career dry spell

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“I auditioned for 10 years without ever getting a job,” he revealed on AOL Build. “This was after Can’t Buy Me Love came out and a number of movies. 10 years.”

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He hated movies in those 10 years

He hated movies in those 10 years Credit: Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images

“I’d come in [to movies] with this bitter attitude,” he told Details. “It’s not an escape, because I feel this disappointment, this jealousy.”

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He hated movies in those 10 years

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“I’d come in [to movies] with this bitter attitude,” he told Details. “It’s not an escape, because I feel this disappointment, this jealousy.”

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He had to learn how to make auditions work

He had to learn how to make auditions work Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Patrick told AOL Build he has to memorize all his lines before trying out for a part. “I’m dyslexic, so I couldn’t read off the page,” he said. “I could never manage my emotions enough.”

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He had to learn how to make auditions work

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Patrick told AOL Build he has to memorize all his lines before trying out for a part. “I’m dyslexic, so I couldn’t read off the page,” he said. “I could never manage my emotions enough.”

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He thought he bombed his best audition

He thought he bombed his best audition Credit: ABC

“I went into this meeting, and I was like, ‘God, that person hated me. She’ll never hire me,” he told AOL Build. “Lo and behold, it was Shonda Rhimes … After 10 years, it was the first gig I got after an audition.”

He thought he bombed his best audition

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“I went into this meeting, and I was like, ‘God, that person hated me. She’ll never hire me,” he told AOL Build. “Lo and behold, it was Shonda Rhimes … After 10 years, it was the first gig I got after an audition.”

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He also tried out for ‘House’ that year

He also tried out for ‘House’ that year Credit: ABC

Before landing the part of McDreamy, Patrick went in for the role of Dr. Robert Chase, which eventually went to Jesse Spencer.

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He also tried out for ‘House’ that year

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Before landing the part of McDreamy, Patrick went in for the role of Dr. Robert Chase, which eventually went to Jesse Spencer.

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Patrick Dempsey made the press rounds last year to promote his latest movie, Bridget Jones’s Baby. But along the way, he talked about his life and his career, and not just his work on Grey's Anatomy.

Click through the slideshow above to read seven plot twists from his life in the spotlight. (Could you imagine Patrick Dempsey, the clown?)