Patrick Dempsey Opens Up About Life with His Teenage Daughter and Twin Sons: 'I'm Constantly Amazed By Them'

"It's about taking the time to take the time," Patrick Dempsey says of making his family a priority

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He’s starring in the hotly anticipated sequel Bridget Jones’s Baby, but for Patrick Dempsey, fatherhood is role number one.

“I’m constantly amazed by their insight and their observations,” Dempsey tells PEOPLE exclusively of his three children with wife Jillian: twin boys Darby and Sullivan, 9½, and daughter Talula, 14.

“It’s fascinating and fun to come up with answers to their questions,” adds the actor, 50. “And the questions are getting harder!”

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Since Dempsey left Grey’s Anatomy and the grueling filming schedule he experienced last year, he’s had more time to devote to his family — including coaching soccer.

“Darby is passionate about it,” he says, adding of his other two, “Sullivan wants to be an actor. And Talula loves cooking. She’s incredibly creative.”

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And a teenager all of a sudden!

“You go from a baby girl walking around in dresses to junior high and then high school,” Dempsey laments. “It’s a big transition. You have to weather the storm!”

Most importantly, when it comes to his children, “It’s about taking the time to take the time,” says Dempsey. “It’s nice being around family. I really appreciate the time when we’re all together.”

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