Patrick Dempsey Opens Up About Life with His Teenage Daughter and Twin Sons: ‘I’m Constantly Amazed By Them’

09/08/2016 at 03:30 PM ET

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He’s starring in the hotly anticipated sequel Bridget Jones’s Baby, but for Patrick Dempsey, fatherhood is role number one.

“I’m constantly amazed by their insight and their observations,” Dempsey tells PEOPLE exclusively of his three children with wife Jillian: twin boys Darby and Sullivan, 9½, and daughter Talula, 14.

“It’s fascinating and fun to come up with answers to their questions,” adds the actor, 50. “And the questions are getting harder!”

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Since Dempsey left Grey’s Anatomy and the grueling filming schedule he experienced last year, he’s had more time to devote to his family — including coaching soccer.

“Darby is passionate about it,” he says, adding of his other two, “Sullivan wants to be an actor. And Talula loves cooking. She’s incredibly creative.”

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And a teenager all of a sudden!

“You go from a baby girl walking around in dresses to junior high and then high school,” Dempsey laments. “It’s a big transition. You have to weather the storm!”

Most importantly, when it comes to his children, “It’s about taking the time to take the time,” says Dempsey. “It’s nice being around family. I really appreciate the time when we’re all together.”

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Just My Opinion on

Great looking family. Glad they were able to save their marriage.

Steph on

Great looking family! His daughter is beautiful, real model material…and the boys are so handsome

Donna on

How nice to see fresh faced, well dressed kids of a superstar, not wearing rags, hair multicolored or cut so strange you cannot tell whether they are boys or girls. And age appropriate also. It shows when a parent is actually being a parent and not a kid’s best friend. I am happy for this family that the marriage could continue, and obviously with lots of love and time spent together.

blessedwithboys on

Ditto Donna

Red on

Nice looking family

Roxanna on

Is really nice to finally see a headline of a Hollywood star that worked to save his marriage, instead of filing for divorce. Great news.

Cheryl on

Beautiful family..The kids dressed appropriately ..I wish them all the BEST..