Q and A With… Patrick Dempsey 2008

The Made of Honor star on portraying a player, wearing a kilt and more.

In Made of Honor, you play a guy who doesn’t realize his best friend is the perfect woman for him. Why don’t people realize it when they have something that’s special?!

Oh, because they don't see it. It's like it's in front of them and they take it for granted I think. And then, it's not until it's gone that you realize how special it is. But you also have to look at the deeper issue here—this guy doesn't believe in marriage because his parents didn’t have one that was healthy. And I think that is very relatable for people. So, he was fulfilled on a friendship level and had his physicality and the sexual in other relationships.

He had his cake and ate it too!

He was eating a lot of cake! But he just didn't have the depth and the emotion that he has with his “best friend” relationship.

What was it like for you to play a ladies man?! Did you relate to him at all?
I could never do that. He's a bit of a player and I couldn't emotionally handle that. But at least he is upfront about it! I don’t think most guys are. These other women know where they stand. He's like, “Here it is. If you want to do this great; if you don't, that's fine, too.”

Could you have been like him in your younger days?

Well… I think it's kind of empty after awhile. I would be stressed out. I don't know how he does it!

There’s a definitive moment when your character realizes Hannah (played by Michelle Monaghan) is The One. When was that moment for you with your wife?

I think when I first saw her, I said, “Oh, this is interesting.” It was sort of a moment that I’ll never forget, late afternoon… I can just see it clearly. It has been the best thing for me. Family, kids—it’s great. I love it.

Your character becomes a maid of honor to win his love. What's the craziest thing you've ever done for love?!

What's the craziest thing?! I don't know. I don't think I ever did anything crazy like that. Having been married, obviously, the first time… and then the second time, I was like, “I want to do this again.” I think that was the craziest thing I did and also the most positive thing I ever did.

What was it like playing your character 10 or 15 years younger than you actually are?

It was hard to go back. I hated that part. We were like, “Why do we have to do this?” I had no desire to go back to that period of my life. I'd rather look forward down the road then have to go back down the road. I can't watch that part. I close my eyes. I just flash back to everything in my youth. So, thanks for bringing that question up!

I think all the ladies will enjoy seeing you in that mini Scottish kilt in the movie! Did you enjoy wearing it?!

I actually wear it now at home all the time!

Contributing entertainment editor Susan L. Hornik is based in Los Angeles.
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