By Lynette Rice
April 23, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT
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[Warning: This post contains a major spoiler from Thursday night’s Grey’s Anatomy

Nothing will make the pain of Derek’s death go away, but fans of Patrick Dempsey should at least find comfort in knowing the 49-year-old actor won’t be out of “work” for long.

In an exclusive interview with EW, Dempsey said he already has two small-screen projects in the works: a drama called The Limit for SundanceTV (which he describes as “Mad Men in the racing world in the 1960s”) and a travelogue spy thriller called Fodors

“I would love to do something else,” Dempsey says. “I’m going to take the rest of the year off to develop. I would like to be a producer. I would commit to a show that is 10 to 12 episodes. But 24 again, I don’t know if i would do that. It’s a very hard life. It’s financially rewarding but there comes a point where how much is enough, really?”

At least he’ll have a lot more time to race. A bona fide pro with a sizable roster of sponsors like Porsche and Tag Heuer, Dempsey was headed to Dubai to train after talking to EW — which meant he was out of the country when Thursday’s episode aired. 

“I’m focusing now on developing and racing and being a father to my children,” declares Dempsey. “Those are my priorities.”

One burning question lingers, though: Will Hollywood be ready to cast Dempsey in another role? The actor is not embarrassed to admit that he has some trepidation about being forever typecast as the lovable — and very sexy — doctor. 

“I want to try something different. But will I be allowed to do something different?” he says. “Is Derek so identifiable that I can’t go on and be someone else? That will be the challenge. To see if people embrace me as someone else.” 

For more of our interview with Patrick Dempsey, see our Q&A with the actor about Thursday’s shocking episode

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