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Patrick Dempsey talks vulnerability in Disenchanted

Patrick Dempsey reprised his role as Robert in the Enchanted sequel, Disenchanted: he opens up on the importance of showing vulnerability.

In Disenchanted, after a new baby arrives, the couple and a now-teenage Morgan (Gabriella Baldacchino) decide to move their growing family to Monroeville, a cookie-cutter suburb that looks like it’s out of a storybook. But as each of the family members have their own struggles in the new town, Giselle makes a wish, turning Monroeville into Monrolasia while also giving everyone a fairy tale of their own. Robert becomes a sword-wielding knight in waiting searching for his meaning in life. 

“At the beginning [of Disenchanted], they make this big shift to improve the quality of their life and the environment that their children are in,” says Dempsey. “And with all of that, it brings up a lot of conflict and turmoil — individually, and then collectively as a family. He’s not happy with that choice and he’s questioning is it the right thing to do and what he should be doing with the rest of his life.”

Patrick Dempsey talks vulnerability in Disenchanted

Dempsey reveals that in creating Robert’s story, he and director Adam Shankman really wanted to explore frustration

“It’s the question: Is anybody happy right now in the family?” the actor says. “And for him to have that moment of vulnerability, I think, is important for all of us.”

He adds, “The real strength in a man is to be able to show your vulnerability. That doesn’t mean you’re weak, it means you’re connected and you’re strong enough to go, Here’s what I’m feeling, this is what I need. That’s part of being heroic, by saying you don’t know. That I hurt, that I am sad. There’s a strength in that. There’s not a weakness in that. And I think it’s been misinterpreted. I think it’s changing, but it’s something that we need to do a better job of role-modeling.”

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Source: EW

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Aurora Odolini
Aurora Odolini
Currently studying Communication sciences, when I’m not crying for university, I’m crying for TV series. I like running off into imaginary worlds because they’re way better than reality. Oscar nominated for mental movies. A perfect mix of Jane Sloan, Jessica Day and Clary Morgenstern (The book version, though). In my free time, I write articles and TV series reviews, so to combine two biggest passions of mine.


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