Patrick Dempsey reveals the reason for his latest hair transformation

Patrick Dempsey still wears his dark Disney prince hair in the trailer for the fairytale film Disenchanted, even though his character isn’t a king. But when he attended the D23 Expo on September 9, the Grey’s Anatomy star had undergone a mane that was more Ursula than Prince Eric. “Blondes have more fun. I have to tell you it’s true,” Dempsey said of his new look in an interview with Variety.

Grey’s Anatomy fans were thrilled to see Dempsey reunite with his former co-star Ellen Pompeo at the event honoring the cast as Disney Legends, according to Entertainment Weekly. But some Twitter users couldn’t get past Dempsey’s platinum dyeing job, throwing him in all sorts of different roles. One fan suggested he looked like he was getting ready for a live-action version of Disney’s Frozen, describing the transformation as “Elsafication of Patrick Dempsey.” Another person quipped, “That’s not Patrick Dempsey. That’s the elder Draco Malfoy, of course, the high-profile headmaster of Hogwarts.” A third netizen joked about the actor’s potential career change, writing, “Patrick Dempsey looks like he’s about to become editor-in-chief of Runway magazine.”

Others thought Dempsey looked like he belonged in The Hunger Games universe, the Barbie movie, or House of the Dragon, but McDreamy won’t tame any McDragons as Targaryen.

Patrick Dempsey plays a professional racing driver

In an interview with Variety, Patrick Dempsey revealed that his much lighter hair color is a reflection of his role in the Ferrari movie. He plays Italian professional racer Piero Taruffi, who was known as the “Silver Fox” according to MotorSport. According to the Redbook, Dempsey races as a hobby, so he was a natural fit for the role.

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Dempsey said he quite likes his pearly locks, but fan reaction was mixed. “I’m known for my hair, so that really turned a lot of people on. They don’t know how to take it,” he told Variety. “Either they love it or they hate it.” The actor also spoke to Entertainment Tonight about how his family members feel about the dramatic change. “My kids freaked out and my son really likes it,” he said. “And a son didn’t, and my wife liked it too, so it’s fine.”

Dempsey’s wife, Jillian, is actually a makeup artist and hairstylist, so her opinion was of the expert sort. The couple met while she was cutting Dempsey’s hair on Redbook, and Jillian has created her own pomade stick for men with thick and wavy locks like her husband’s. According to Allure, he’s become one of the staunchest fans of her Roadie brand, and we suspect Jillian’s expertise will come in handy when it comes to navigating his new ‘do.