16 Little-Known Facts About Shonda Rhimes and Patrick Dempsey (PHOTOS)

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16 Little-Known Facts About Shonda Rhimes and Patrick Dempsey (PHOTOS)

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16 Little-Known Facts About Shonda Rhimes and Patrick Dempsey (PHOTOS)

January 13 is a big day for Grey’s Anatomy fans: It’s the day the ABC hit’s creator and one of its biggest stars were born.

Both Shonda Rhimes and Patrick Dempsey share the same date of birth — Patrick entering the world in 1966, Shonda following four years later.

But how much do you know about these two talents, besides their reported bad blood? Get to know them on a whole new level in the gallery above.

16 Little-Known Facts About Shonda Rhimes and Patrick Dempsey (PHOTOS)
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1. Shonda went to Dartmouth, just like Meredith Grey

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1. Shonda went to Dartmouth, just like Meredith Grey

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The Grey’s Anatomy creator graduated in 1991 and returned to the Ivy League 23 years later to deliver the commencement address.

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2. Patrick is a renowned juggler

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2. Patrick is a renowned juggler

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When he was 15, Patrick placed second in the Juniors division of the International Jugglers’ Association National Championship. The victor, Anthony Gatto, would go on to perform for Cirque du Soleil.

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3. Shonda directed a film once

3. Shonda directed a film once

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The short film was called Blossoms and Veils and starred Jada Pinkett Smith, Jeffrey Wright, and Omar Epps.

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4. Patrick tried to join the circus

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4. Patrick tried to join the circus

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“I signed up to try and get into Ringling Brothers,” the heartthrob 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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5. Shonda wrote ‘Crossroads’ but is unsure about ‘Crossroads 2’

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5. Shonda wrote ‘Crossroads’ but is unsure about ‘Crossroads 2’

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“It’s 20-something years later,” she told Vice in 2016. “I don’t know what Crossroads 2 would be! Would I work with that group of people again? Absolutely!”

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6. Patrick has had to adjust to his dyslexia

6. Patrick has had to adjust to his dyslexia

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The actor realized he had to memorize his lines before every audition. “I’m dyslexic, so I couldn’t read off the page,” Patrick told AOL Build. “I could never manage my emotions enough.”

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7. Shonda doesn’t always have the golden touch

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7. Shonda doesn’t always have the golden touch

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Like any other TV producer, Shonda has plenty of failed projects, like the 2010 pilot Inside the Box, which ABC passed on.

The Newsroom-like drama project did star four future Grey’s Anatomy stars: Jason George, Kim Raver, Martin Henderson, and Sarah Drew.

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8. Patrick is “not the Rob Lowe type.”

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8. Patrick is “not the Rob Lowe type.”

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In the ‘80s, Patrick was initially rebuffed from a part in the movie In the Mood because he wasn’t “the Rob Lowe type.” Two decades later, he got the part of Derek Shepherd on Grey’s Anatomy after Rob Lowe turned it down.

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9. Shonda relates to Cristina Yang the most

9. Shonda relates to Cristina Yang the most

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“I leaned into Cristina, wrote her more eloquently, colored her more brightly, drew outside her lines, let her do and think and live in ways that voiced my dreams,” she wrote in her book, Year of Yes.

“She did not want to get married. She had a genius that she chased. She loved her work. I gave her a strident desire to not have children because while I adore children, I wanted to watch her fight that feminist battle and win.”

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10. Patrick thought he lost the McDreamy role

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10. Patrick thought he lost the McDreamy role

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“I went into this meeting, and I was like, ‘God, that person hated me. She’ll never hire me,” he revealed to 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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11. Shonda hates spoilers with a passion

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11. Shonda hates spoilers with a passion

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In fact, the 47-year-old even pretended to kill off Josh Malina’s character in a prank Scandal script — just to break him of his habit of skipping to the last page.

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12. Patrick also auditioned for another TV doc

12. Patrick also auditioned for another TV doc

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The year he won the role on Grey’s Anatomy, Patrick also tried out for the role of Dr. Robert Chase. The part ultimately went to Jesse Spencer.

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13. Shonda oversees $350 million a year, at last count

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13. Shonda oversees $350 million a year, at last count

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As she explained in her TED talk, that amount covers 70 episodes of Grey’s, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder, and The Catch per year at roughly $5 million a pop. And that doesn’t even include Shondaland’s new Romeo & Juliet-inspired drama, coming out later this year.

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14. Patrick was briefly in the coffee business

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14. Patrick was briefly in the coffee business

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In 2013, Patrick and his investing partner bought bankrupt Seattle-based coffee chain Tully’s for $9.15 million, but Patrick exited the biz two months later after suing his partner.

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15. Shonda doesn’t know how Grey’s Anatomy will end

15. Shonda doesn’t know how Grey’s Anatomy will end

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“I used to always have a final scene in mind, and we’ve passed the time in which that ending would happen,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.

“I had another final scene in mind, and I wrote it into an episode because I thought we were too far past when that could happen. I’ve done that five times with this show.”

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16. Patrick has a honorary doctorate from Bowdoin College

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16. Patrick has a honorary doctorate from Bowdoin College

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The Grey’s Anatomy producers also made Derek Shepherd a Bowdoin alumnus in 2007 after receiving a petition signed by over 450 students.

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January 13 is a big day for Grey’s Anatomy fans: It’s the day the ABC hit’s creator and one of its biggest stars were born.

Both Shonda Rhimes and Patrick Dempsey share the same date of birth — Patrick entering the world in 1966, Shonda following four years later.

But how much do you know about these two talents, besides their reported bad blood? Get to know them on a whole new level in the gallery above.