"It all happened very quickly," the actor told Entertainment Weekly of getting the part in Bridget Jones

By Jodi Guglielmi
Updated December 21, 2015 03:35 PM
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From McDreamy to McBillionaire.

Patrick Dempsey has traded in his medical scrubs from his days on Grey’s Anatomy for a tailored suit in the upcoming film Bridget Jones’s Baby – and it’s a change that has left the actor feeling “reinvigorated.”

Dempsey, 49, opened up to Entertainment Weekly about leaving the ABC hit series after nearly 10 years on the show and taking his turn on the big screen, playing the beloved Bridget Jones’ latest (and of course, complicated) love interest in the highly anticipated third installment of the franchise. The actor plays a billionaire who has a fling with Jones, possibly leaving her pregnant with his child.

“It all happened very quickly,” the actor told the magazine about getting the part in Bridget Jones. “It completely reinvigorated me. I’ve enjoyed it immensely, getting back into something that has a beginning, middle and end.”

Dempsey said he’s enjoyed the slower pace of working on a movie set and taking the time to get to know his new character.

“It’s a completely different approach,” he explained. “With Grey’s, you’re just grinding it out. In this instance, you take the time to get through things.”

While Dempsey admits that leaving Grey’s Anatomy was difficult, he knew it was his time to move on.

“I knew it would be heavy like that,” he said. “I’m very happy to have moved on to a different chapter in my life.”

Part of moving on, he says, is not being fazed by any backlash that might have come with him leaving – even when they come from the show’s creator.

Shortly after Dempsey announced his plan to leave the show, series creator Shonda Rhimes told Comedy Central’s Larry Wilmore that she kills off characters when she doesn’t like the actors portraying them.

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And while this might have seemed like a dig at Dempsey, he simply shrugs it off.

“I think she loves being provocative, and that’s fine for who she is,” he said. “She know how to deal with the media to get the response that she’s looking for. She’s very savvy.”

So what’s next for Dempsey? He has no qualms about the future.

“I would consider anything. I just have to be open and see what comes along, you know?”

Bridget Jones’s Baby hits theaters Sept. 16, 2016.