He was adored by female TV audiences as McDreamy in Grey’s Anatomy. Now the actor was named the “Sexiest Man Alive 2023” from People magazine, a title not even his family expected.
As the Hollywood star said, his family laughed quite loudly when he announced the news.
“They were like, ‘No, seriously, who is he?'” Dempsey, 57, told Jimmy Kimmel.
Kimmel, 55, made the announcement on his show Tuesday night.
The late night show host also added that he had “played a doctor”.
“Are you George Clooney?” asked one, referring to the “Ocean’s Eleven” actor’s role on the “ER” TV series.
“Are you Dr. McDreamy?” another audience member guessed, which Dempsey confirmed.
The actor then said that he too was shocked to hear the news, as he had come second on the list in previous years. “I was shocked and then I started laughing, like it’s funny, right? I’ve always been the sidekick!” he said laughing.
And his family was speechless, he said. “They started laughing, like it was a joke.”