Rob Lowe Remembers Turning Down McDreamy Role on Grey’s Anatomy

TVOvermind | 3/29/2019 | Nat Berman
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Actor Rob Lowe recently revealed he turned down the McDreamy role. If you are not a Grey’s Anatomy fan, then your first question is probably who or what is McDreamy? In Grey’s Anatomy., Dr. Derek Shepherd is a character that was nicknamed McDreamy by Dr. Meredith Grey because of his sex appeal. The name McDreamy stuck with other characters of the show and is how Dr. Derek Shepherd is commonly referred to by fans of the medical drama. The character was played by Patrick Dempsey.

Lowe made this revelation during a podcast interview on ‘WTF with Marc Maron’. When the 55-year-old actor was asked by the host Marc Maron if he had ever turned down an acting role. In response, Lowe said that he had turned down the opportunity to play McDreamy in Grey’s Anatomy. He went on to joke that it was a decision that had potentially cost him $70 million. Lowe then said that it is only money, so he is possibly not all that distressed about his decision to turn down the role.

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Rob Lowe says that he did watch Grey’s Anatomy when it first came out back in 2005. When people started referring to Sr. Shepherd as McDreamy, he says he realized that the role had not been for him. However, there are probably many fans of Lowe who disagree and would suggest that the actor is sexy enough to have earned this title.

Gray’s Anatomy is now the longest-running medical drama on American television. The series earned this accolade when it reached 332 episodes to surpass ‘ER’, the previous holder of the title. ‘ER’ had aired on NBC since 1994 and lasted for 15 seasons.

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Patrick Dempsey had played the role of neurosurgeon Dr. Shepherd from the start of the series in 2005. He played the role until 2015...
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