Patrick Dempsey is most famous for playing the dream guy in projects such as Grey’s Anatomy and Enchanted, however, fans are getting to see him in a completely new light in the TV series Devils.
The Hollywood star swaps the McDreamy title for McSchemey in the gripping financial thriller which sees Dempsey portray a powerful and complex CEO of an international bank.
Devils follows Massimo Ruggeri (Alessandro Borghi), an ambitious Head of Trading of one of the most important investment banks in the world.
The bond with his mentor Dominic Morgan (Dempsey) – one of the most powerful men in global finance and CEO of the bank – begins to crack when Massimo gets involved in an inter-continental financial war. Soon, he is forced to choose between standing behind his mentor and stopping him.
Patrick explained how the complexity of the characters involved in the banking world drew him to the project.
The 55-year-old stated: ‘It was nice to be able to show the characters’ flaws and the vulnerability of people who, from an outside perspective, have it all together. They have all the power and they don’t… they’re missing their heart.
He added: ‘Everything that’s happening in Dominic’s personal life is affecting his professional life, in the choices and compromises he has to make because of that. I think the show reveals these people are dealing with very human personal things, and it affects their work and we see how it affects their quality of their life and how does that affect their point of view.
‘It’s exploring where that anger or frustration or vulnerability come from and how does it affect their choices in business world? And then how does that ultimately affect the rest of the world?’
Patrick mused: ‘People deal with grief differently. Some people go into denial, some people go right into it and feel it and I think that’s what we were trying to find. It’s very scary, I think, to be an actor and to come in and show that vulnerability, you need the right atmosphere.’
His co-star Kasia Smutniak, who plays Dominic’s wife Nina, explained that the series attempts to show the human side of the bankers and traders that others might automatically see as villains.
She added: ‘I think what is really strong and exciting about all these characters is that have very interesting backstory. But backstory doesn’t mean that we’re only talking about their past but their home, right in their everyday environment.
‘This brings you into the idea that they’re just human, and they can make mistakes like everybody else. The point is that we expect from them not to do any mistakes.’
She continued: ‘Being human, there are good and bad sides of being on top of some decisions. Even in the case of Dominic, or Massimo, from outside, they people think that they’re not human in a way, but you have these extremely human characters.’
Based on Guido Maria Brera’s bestseller I Diavoli, the series was filmed in both London and Rome while also boasting an international cast.
Dempsey revealed how getting to work with some a mixture of nationalities on the show made the project even more exciting for him.
He explained: ‘The international aspect of it was something that was really inspiring when we did our first table read, and we could see everybody in all the different countries represented in the cast was really exciting.
‘It shows you how interconnected we all are, and how important it is that we all do get along and support each other in the world.’
Dempsey continued: ‘We’ve seen that so much in the last year, how vulnerable we are and how it it’s really important for us to come together. Hopefully we can do that. That’s the challenge in society and humanity at the moment.’