Patrick Dempsey Talks Playing Against Type With His 'Devils' Character

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Just call him McSchemey!

Grey's Anatomy alum Patrick Dempsey plays against type in Devils, a slick production about the high-stakes (and highly dangerous) world of international finance.

Set in London, filmed partly in Rome and filled with twists, the series — which aired in some European countries earlier this year — finds Dempsey upending his romantic-hero image as Dominic Morgan, the American CEO of a powerhouse bank who operates in that gray area between good and evil. He mentors trader Massimo Ruggero (Alessandro Borghi), a young hotshot who grows suspicious of his boss when he's abruptly passed over for a promotion and a colleague dies.

Here, Dempsey explains why he's so invested in the role.

You left Grey's in 2015. Were you looking to do another series?

Patrick Dempsey: You know, I've been careful in the choices I have made since leaving. When this came about, I read [the script] and kept turning the pages. I was like, "Wow, I’m really intrigued." Because you don't know where the story is going.

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You get to play someone who's not always so nice….

It was unexpected for me because you don't know if he's a good guy or a bad guy. Dominic does whatever it takes to achieve his objectives.

Did you do any research on traders?

Oh, yeah, we had a good week in London when we went on the floor at JPMorgan. That was a fascinating few days. And certainly it was a different time where we are now compared to when the show takes place [in 2011].

Patrick Dempsey Devils Season 1 Dominic Morgan

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How was making Devils different from working on an American series?

The hours were a lot better. [Laughs] They're very civilized. We worked a 10-hour day, not a 15- or 16-hour day. With that, I think there was a lot more intensity, and we got a lot more done in a shorter period of time. I liked that way of working. And I was in Rome! I had that wonderful city to walk around in and to explore, especially at night. There's so much history. As a life experience for me, it was important.

Did you get to enjoy your other passion, race-car driving, while you were overseas?

I did do some driving in Rome. It was great, it was crazy. I did a lot of bike-riding there as well. That was even more dangerous than the driving!

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Devils, Series Premiere, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 8/7c, The CW