Scott Foley, co-star of the "Cursed" Movie!
Scott's most noteable performance has been in the role as "Noel Crane" on WB's drama series "Felicity". Additionally, Scott has conquered roles that are poles apart from his boy-next-door character on the now-defunct WB college drama. From his wicked turn as a murderous film director in Wes Craven's Scream 3 (2000) to his comedic stint as a neurotic (and extremely handsome) patient on the hit sitcom Scrubs, he has proven to be one of the most versatile and promising graduates of the youth-dominated network. Born on July 15, 1972, in Kansas City, KS, Scott Kellerman Foley is the oldest of three sons. Thanks to his father's job as an international banker, Foley grew up all over the world, spending the most time in Sydney, Australia and Tokyo, Japan. He caught the acting bug at age six after his mother took him to see the children's musical Annie. Foley made his theatrical debut only a few years later, singing "I'll Do Anything" in his school's production of Oliver. When he was a teenager, his family settled in St. Louis, MO, where he participated in community and regional theater. Shortly after graduating high school, he bought a one-way plane ticket to Hollywood.
Foley struggled for almost six years before earning his big break. He rented a "sleeping room" apartment and worked various jobs that allowed him to take acting classes and attend auditions. Foley waited tables, managed restaurants, sold insurance, worked at the Gap, manned the counter at Mrs. Fields' Cookies, and even stocked nursing supplies during the graveyard shift at U.C.L.A. Medical Center. His first paying gig came in 1995 when he appeared in an episode of Sweet Valley High titled "Blunder Alley." Two years later, he landed a theatrical agent, as well as guest spot on the sitcom Step by Step and a small role as a parking valet in the television movie Crowned and Dangerous (1997). Within a month he was on the set of the WB's teen drama Dawson's Creek, playing all-American high school quarterback Cliff Elliot, Dawson's (James Van Der Beek) romantic rival. Originally hired to guest star in the series' first three episodes, Foley hung around for five. Created by screenwriter Kevin Williamson, Dawson's Creek premiered in the winter of 1998 to rave reviews.
With his popularity steadily increasing, WB executives cast Foley in Felicity, a one-hour drama about a college freshman who follows her lifelong crush from their California high school to a university in New York City. Originally hired to portray the object of Felicity's (Keri Russell) affection, Foley stepped in to play her resident advisor and confidante, Noel Crane, when producers could not find an actor for the role. The show, which first aired in the fall of 1998, became a critical favorite and earned a Golden Globe nomination in its first year. Its success forced Foley to back out of his deal to appear as a regular cast member on the WB sitcom Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane. Instead, he guest starred in two episodes of the series as Montana Kennedy, an attractive (and unattainable) older man.
In 2000, Foley made his big-screen debut opposite Courteney Cox Arquette, Parker Posey, and Neve Campbell in Scream 3 (2000). Shortly afterward, he married actress Jennifer Garner, whom he met two years earlier when she played his ex-girlfriend on Felicity. The couple appeared together in the independent film Rennie's Landing (2001), before Foley went on to play a junior grade lieutenant in Below (2002), a submarine thriller co-written by Darren Aronofsky.
Unfortunately, as Foley's career grew, Felicity dipped in the ratings and suffered the constant threat of cancellation. A letter-writing campaign carried out by Felicity fans initially saved the show, but the WB still canceled the series in the spring of 2002 after four years on the air. However, the network did produce a season of "good-bye" episodes to give the show a proper ending. The bonus season also marked Foley's first time behind the camera, as he directed the episode titled "The Graduate."
With his own series' run coming to an end, Foley appeared in two episodes of the NBC comedy Scrubs. The job turned out to be the perfect trial run for his first post-Felicity gig, the lead role in the NBC pilot A.U.S.A. Described by the network's president as "Scrubs with lawyers," the sitcom features Foley as a neophyte lawyer in the United States Attorney's office and was picked up for the 2002-2003 television season. His height is 6' 1" (1.85 m). His former wife is Jennifer Garner (maried October 19, 2000 - March 2004 divorced).
More fun stuff about Scott Foley
Was cast as Ben on "Felicity" (1998) but the producers could not find anyone to play Noel, so they asked him to take that role while they found a different actor for Ben.
Was supposed to be a series regular on _"Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane" (1999)_ , but after the success of "Felicity" he was only available for guest appearances.
Graduated from high school in St. Louis, Missouri
Used to work at Mrs. Fields Cookies. Scott was so broke at the time, he pretty much lived on left over cookies.
His mother died when he was 15, which changed his relationship with his father. They were a lot closer before her death.
Has 2 younger brothers approximately 2 years apart in age.
Has lived all over the world, including Tokyo, Japan (4.5 years) and Sydney, Australia (3 years).
Met ex-wife Jennifer Garner on the set of "Felicity" (1998)
Speaks Japanese fluently.
'Angel,' 'Felicity' Stars Join CBS' 'Unit'
Scott Foley, Amy Acker and Regina Taylor are the latest additions to the ensemble of CBS' drama pilot "The Unit."
Based on Eric Haney's book "Inside Delta Force," "The Unit" looks at members of a Special Forces unit and their families. David Mamet ("Glengarry Glen Ross," "Heist") and Shawn Ryan ("The Shield") are executive producing the 20th Century Fox TV production. Dennis Haysbert ("24"), Michael Irby ("Line of Fire") and Regina King ("Ray") were previously announced for the cast.
Foley, last seen in a guest starring role on FOX's "House," is best known for his run as Noel Crane on The WB's "Felicity." The actor, who also starred in NBC's "A.U.S.A.," has also done recent spots on "Scrubs" and "Jack & Bobby."
This will be Acker's first regular television gig since she ended her run on The WB's "Angel" last spring. In addition to playing Winifred Burkle from 2001-2004, Acker has appeared on "Wishbone" and in the 2003 telefilm "Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt."
Taylor has been a regular on "I'll Fly Away" and "The Education of Max Bickford."
The Hollywood Reporter has no specifics on which parts the various actors will play.
Scott Foley and Fox Set Acting, Production Gigs
Scott Foley, who rose to prominence with his role on the WB Network's "Felicity," has signed a development deal with 20th Century Fox TV to star in a series project for the studio.
Under the one-year pact, estimated to be in the mid-six-figure range, the studio will try to develop a half-hour or one-hour project for Foley targeted for next season.
"I want to try to do something that is different and exciting," Foley said.
The deal marks Foley's return to 20th TV following his starring role on the studio's short-lived comedy "A.U.S.A." for NBC last year.
Coming off a recurring role on the NBC comedy "Scrubs'', Foley will next be seen in Wes Craven's horror picture "Cursed."
Scott Foley: Next Stage
Marriage to Jennifer Garner behind him, Scott Foley tries out single life—and Broadway.
Scott Foley knew he was kind of famous—the kind where your auto insurance rates go up because, as he quotes his agent, “People are going to look to hit you now.” And, he adds, “everyone is willing to get you a Diet Coke whenever you want it.” But when his four-year stint playing college dreamboat Noel Crane on the WB drama Felicity ended with the series finale in 2002, he figured he’d just be another TV guy quietly looking to land his next gig. Until this April, when his 2 ½-year marriage to Golden Globe-winning Alias star Jennifer Garner also came to an end—and the news hit the headlines. “I had no idea I was famous,” he says jokingly, “until I got divorced.”
Seven months later, the paparazzi are chasing after Garner, 31 and her new beau, Alias costar Michael Vartan. And Foley, 31, is free once again to enjoy what he calls “semi-fame”—free, in other words, to walk his Maltese Charlie Rose and beagle mix Maggie May (whom he got custody of in the not-yet-final divorce) in Central Park unmolested, free to casually date (he is coy when asked about rumors of romance with 24 star Sarah Wynter) and free to make some bold career moves. Fresh from a well-received guest turn on NBC’s Scrubs, Foley moved from L.A. to Manhattan to make his Broadway debut as tempestuous writer in The Violet Hour, a new comedy-drama written by Tony winner Richard Greenberg, although “we worked on bratting him up—he’s the least brattish guy I ever met.” While “doing a play terrified me,” Foley admits, he found common ground with his exuberant character: “Like him, I know the world is a fantastic place to be, even though it can suck sometimes.”
Like this spring, when his marriage fell apart. He and Garner, who met on the Felicity set in 1998, remain friends, he says: “Just because you decide it’s best not to be married doesn’t mean you hate each other.” Still, he doesn’t pretend the split was easy—or that her leap to superstardom in the past year (boosted by her part in Daredevil) didn’t factor in. “Forget me in the equation. What Jennifer went through was a one in a million thing. We were up against pretty insurmountable odds,” he says. “It was a tough year. You deal with it the best you can.”
For Foley, that meant change. For starters, he learned to lean on friends. “That’s a hard thing to do for a man,” he says. “We always say we can handle it ourselves.” Moving cross-country was easier for the son of banker Hugh Foley, 68 (his mother, Connie, died of cancer in 1988), who grew up in Kansas City, Kans., Tokyo, Sydney and St. Louis. Now renting an apartment near Central Park, “I love the subway,” he says. “I can sit and read and play video poker on my phone and miss stops for hours.” When Violet Hour closes in December, Foley plans to return to L.A. for another stint on Scrubs. He might even hook up, as he has in Manhattan, for a late-night drink with Wynter, 32. “She’s such a sweetheart,” he says. Still, he’s not looking for commitment—in romance, work or even real estate. “I have no permanent residence anywhere,” he says. “It’s sort of freeing. If I end up in New York, great. L.A., great. North Dakota, let’s see,” he says. “Interesting.”
Scott Foley Is Our Fantasy Man
Scott Foley can break a girl of her bad-boy habit in two seconds flat. Part sweetie, part stud, he’s the kind of guy you want to bed and bring home to Mom. If you missed the 30-year-old’s guy-next-door good looks since The WB cancelled Felicity last spring, you’re in luck—he’s back on TV in the legal-eagle comedy A.U.S.A. Offscreen, he’s hitched to Alias star Jennifer Garner, whom he met when she guest-starred as his ex on Felicity. Read on to see why Jennifer (and all of us at Cosmo) fell for this humble hottie.
What’s the best thing about not playing a teenager on A.U.S.A.?
It’s a relief not to have to shave three times a day to play a part.
Did you have any wacky jobs before making it big?
It’s a relief not to have to shave three times a day to play a part.
Did you have any wacky jobs before making it big?
The most humbling job was being an extra on random TV shows. You’re basically a movable prop. And it’s frustrating because you watch the actors and think, I can do that.
You were originally cast as Ben on Felicity. In real life, are you more like Ben or your character, Noel?
I am much more like Noel, which is why I wanted to play Ben. It would have been more of a challenge. Noel is a nice guy with a huge heart that sometimes gets him into trouble, which is very much like me.
Was it love at first sight when you met Jennifer?
It was for me. We flirted a lot, and she told me at one point that she loved to cook and I was like “Well, I love to eat.” Her last day on the set, I sent her flowers, and she left a note in my trailer that read “When you’re ready for a meal, give me a call.” One thing led to another, and now we’re married.
What do you love most about Jennifer?
There are so many things. I love that she’s cold when she sleeps and that he has long fingers…it’s just everything about her.
Scott Foley: Made in 'A.U.S.A.'
Scott Foley on his new comedy series, ''A.U.S.A.'' -- Jennifer Garner's hubby talks about making the switch from angsty drama ''Felicity'' to NBC's legal-eagle laffer
Like his wife, ''Alias''' Jennifer Garner, ''Felicity'''s Scott Foley, 30, will battle for justice in his new NBC show, ''A.U.S.A.'' (premiering Feb. 4). But while Garner is all sleekness and cool, Foley, who plays a struggling newbie assistant U.S. attorney (hence the show's initials) is...let's put it this way: In the wacky sitcom's pilot he deals with the peril of dripping urine on his own pants, which would never fly in the CIA.
Have you suffered whiplash going from the hushed tones and pensive glances of ''Felicity'' to a comedy where you hump a bathroom air dryer?
''A.U.S.A.'' is the antithesis. But the great thing about ''Felicity'' was that they'd say ''Cut!'' and the cast would go nuts. We had a great group that was always screwing around.... When I even try to take a pregnant pause on ''A.U.S.A.,'' the audience thinks it's time to laugh.
Any trouble with all the legal terminology?
It's not too tough. Although reading ''tortious'' and then saying ''torturous'' at a read-through was embarrassing.
Putting ''U.S.A.'' in your title can't hurt these days.
You just cannot go wrong there. But some people say to me, ''How's 'Aa-oo-sa'?'' I say, ''No, it's 'A.U.S.A.' 'Aa-oo-sa' isn't a word.''
After all of Keri Russell's bad haircut publicity, are you determined to never cut yours?
I have to say, in defense of Keri, that I thought she looked better in short hair. Also, they moved ['Felicity''s time slot] the year she cut it, and SHE got the blame for the decline in ratings. Amazing.
In sitcom tradition, you realize you'll inevitably be anointed with guest-star parents from old '80s sitcoms. Who'd you like to be adopted by?
Do you think Scott Baio's old enough? That would be bizarre.
Scott Foley and Jennifer Garner separated
Alias star Jennifer Garner and husband Scott Foley are separating after only 2 ½ years of marriage, according to their publicist. Garner and Foley’s publicist, Nicole King, announced Tuesday that Garner and Foley "mutually decided to separate." The couple met in 1998 on the set of Felicity, when Garner played Foley’s love interest. Their relationship did not last on screen, but the magic worked off screen…well for a little while anyway. Sources say that Garner’s career is heating up, as Foley’s is cooling down and that is the root of their problems.
Garner set paparazzo’s tongues a waggin’ when she showed up at the Oscars sans hubby Foley, saying she was having a "girl’s weekend" with her friend, Katie. She said her husband was home watching the awards show on television with their dog. Soon after that there was buzz that the two were actually on the outs.
Garner is garnering rave reviews for her role on Alias. Meanwhile Foley, who used to be the big name in the family, is suffering mediocre reviews to his new show A.U.S.A. Sources say the role reversal is weighing heavily on the couple and they decided to separate to try to save their fledgling marriage. It seems that lately, everywhere you turn, Garner is there. Besides starring in one of the hottest television shows of late, she has also shared the big screen with big names. She played opposite Ben Affleck in Daredevil and is in talks to star as character "Elektra" in a spin-off. She also appeared in the hit Catch Me if you Can, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. Despite the break-up of their marriage, they had a pretty good run. If you think about it, relationships in Hollywood should be measured in dog years. Every month celebrities remain married should be considered equal to, let’s say 1-year for regular folk. So if you do the math, they were married for about 30 "dog" years. And with her star on the rise, Garner will have no trouble finding a new love interest. Scott who?
Scott admires Jennifer Garner’s superpowers
When actor Scott Foley starred on the hit WB drama Felicity, one guest appearance literally changed his life: the one by his future wife, Alias star Jennifer Garner. “It was immediate for me, but not for her,” says Foley, 30, who stars in the new NBC sitcom A.U.S.A., “I remember going home and saying to my roommate, ‘That’s the girl I’m going to marry.’”
Now, after two years of marriage, the couple has a house in L.A., not that Foley sees his wife much. “It’s hard right now spending time with each other,” he says. “It’s stolen moments on the weekends and at 3 a.m. when she comes in.” Foley also says he sees her in their home gym where Garner, 30, keeps herself limber for her butt-kicking role on TV’s Alias.
“I’m always amazed by what she does,” he says. He was also wowed watching her in Daredevil, the upcoming film based on the action comic. Does he have any skills that compare? “I can spin things,” he says, jokingly. “Give me a book or a pillow and I’ll spin it.” He adds, “My talent is talking up my wife’s talents.”
Scott’s over Jennifer at last!
Six months after the breakup of his two-year marriage to Alias star Jennifer Garner, Scott Foley has reemerged with a comeback on the NBC comedy Scrubs, a Broadway role, and a new love, actress Sarah Wynter. “I’m at a great point in my life,” the 31-year-old actor, best known for playing Noel on Felicity, told In Touch.
Scott and Sarah, who played Kate Warner on 24 last season, have been spotted dancing in a conga line at a Fashion Week party for designer Nicole Miller, dining tete-a-tete at New York’s romantic Town restaurant and shopping at a Manhattan Banana Republic. “They looked happy together,” a witness to their shopping spree told In Touch. “Scott held the door open for her as they entered the store, and he was quite happy to stand and wait for Sarah while she browsed.”
Though the relationship may have the look of love, Scott isn’t ready to label it yet. But he admits he’s ready for romance. “I always hope to be in love,” said the actor, who split with wife Jennifer amid rumors of a romantic relationship between her and Alias co-star Michael Vartan. “There’s nothing like love, if you’re lucky enough to find it,” Scott told In Touch.
On top of his happy personal life, Scott’s career is also on the upswing: He’ll make his Broadway bow in the play The Violet Hour this season. Clearly, New York agrees with him. “I love it,” enthused the actor, who plans to stay in the Big Apple until at least January. When Scott does return to LA, he’ll be reprising his role Elliot’s crazy ex-boyfriend on Scrubs.
Great Scott Foley
IN REAL LIFE, SCOTT FOLEY IS JUST AS SWEET—AND TWICE AS COOL—AS THE R.A. HE PLAYS ON FELICITY. HERE, HE SPILLS ABOUT WHAT MAKES A GIRL SEXY, WHAT MAKES A GUY FALL IN LOVE, AND HOW HE FOUND ROMANCE ON THE SET
Last summer, Scott Foley’s fans wondered and worried about the romantic fate of Noel Crane, the supersensitive, hyperverbal R.A. on the WB series Felicity who started out counseling Felicity (Keri Russell) and then ended up pining for her. When YM sat down with Scott one summer morning after the first season’s finale, the 27-year-old actor was still in the dark himself as to whether he’d lock lips with leading lady Keri Russell in the near future. Not even the actors had the one piece of information that has intrigued Felicity fans everywhere: Did Felicity choose to spend her summer with sweet, dependable Noel or brooding, mysterious Ben? Scott’s fans weren’t shy about their feelings. At a YM party, more than one flirty female approached him to cast this vote of confidence: “I know for sure that Felicity chose you and not Ben. I know I would.”
The reasons so many girls pull for Noel are clear. Onscreen, Scott lends the character a caring, thoughtful sensibility that keeps us from writing the guy off as a lovesick sap. Noel’s in touch with his feelings, yet the threat of emotional pain isn’t enough to keep him from following his heart. Offscreen, the actor also leads with his heart, and he’s not afraid to talk about it.
Scott was born in Kansas City, KS, but his dad’s job as an international banker meant the family moved around the world—from Australia to Japan to San Francisco to New York, and finally, to St. Louis. Scott attended three different high schools. When he was 15, his mother—who shared a love of the theater with her eldest son—passed away, leaving Scott, his father, and his two younger brothers (then 13 and 11) to cope with the loss. “My mother was the center of our family,” Scott reflects. We were all very close—and not such much now. Her death completely changed the relationship between me and my father.”
Once he graduated from high school, Scott headed for Los Angeles in an all-or-nothing quest for success as an actor. After years of odd jobs and small gigs, he’s entering a second season as a star of a hit TV show, and he’s got some big-screen credits to boot. Scott just finished work on a short film called Self Storage, and he will play a hip young video director who may or may not survive to the end of Scream 3, due out in December. Regardless of his fate in the film, it’s obvious that Scott Foley is one of those guys who deserves to finish first.
YM: There never seem to be enough Noels in thhe world to go around. Why?
SF: Girls who are Felicity’s age don’t want Noels most of the time. They truly don’t. Older women look at Noel and see that he’s emotionally available. He’s got qualities that appeal to women who are sick of dating guys who treat them like crap. You know, brooding, studly guys who stay out late and don’t tell you where they are.
You mean the Ben Covingtons of the world.
[Nods.] Lots of women know that kind of guy isn’t going to make them happy in the end, and Noel could. But Noel doesn’t have that brooding thing going on that Ben Covington does, and at 18, that’s what women want, y’ know?
What about when you were a teenager? Were you more of a Noel or a Ben—that is, friend or boyfriend?
I was both types at once. I did have girl friends where I’d go over to her house and we’d sit with her mother and watch Knot’s Landing while I petted their little shih tzu dog. But I also had the girlfriend—although never for more than a few months. On the other hand, three months was a huge span of my life when I was 16.
What aspect of your personality has come out since you’ve been playing Noel?
Noel has made me a little more parental, which is a good thing. Last season, at least, Noel tried to take care of everyone in his little world. There’s a difference between being bossy and being parental, and Noel is definitely parental. He wants to help people and I think I’ve done that.
On the show, Noel chose Felicity over Hanna. But in real life, you’re dating
Hanna—or rather the actress who played her, Jennifer Garner. Tell me about the day you meet Jennifer.
Is that enough?
Let the record show: Smile spread across face and blushing occurred.
Um, the day I met Jennifer I was walking down the hall toward the studio, and I saw this girl in the wardrobe room. I knew there was a new girl on set, so I stopped and asked her, “Are you Hanna?” and she said, “Are you Noel?” and I hugged her. I don’t know why. Are you a hugger?
No. I mean, I am, but not if I don’t know you. But there was a connection. And—without jinxing myself here—I knew. I did. I got lucky.
So why is Noel’s type Felicity but Scott’s type is Hanna?
It’s not that I dislike blonds, but brunettes just blow my mind. They really do. One the show, Hanna was an artist—she played the piano and was a composer—and I find that so sexy. And as an actress, Jennifer is a great artist in her own right. I love watching her think about a character or talk about the craft.
Who made the first move?
I think we did. There was just a click between us. We were flirty on the set and she said she’d never been like that before. Like, she’d been talking about how she loved to cook, and I said, “Well hey, maybe you’ll cook for me one time.” And she said, “Okay, sure,” and we both knew the implication.
When did you know she really liked you?
On her last day, I sent her flowers with a note that read, “It was very nice to work with you.” As she was leaving, she shook my hand, and I gave her another hug. When I went back to my trailer I found a note she’d written on a gum wrapper:“Scott, I’ve had such a wonderful time working you. Give me a call when you’re ready for dinner,” and she her number.
Still have the gum wrapper?
So where does a person keep significant gum wrappers?
It’s in my Filofax, and since I never actually use the thing, I know the wrapper is not going anywhere.
How did things proceed from there?
A month after I’d known her I took her to Paris for New Year’s.
What a good boyfriend! So you’d say you’re a romantic?
Well, I’m outwardly romantic. I catch myself saying cheeseball stuff all the time. I embarrass myself, listening to the stuff I say. Sometimes I even have to leave the room. I’ll be like, “Oh wow, I’m having such a great time with you, you’re like the…oh my God…I’ll be right back!”
So this is serious?
[Smiles.] She just blows my mind.
Can you say why? Besides the brunette thing?
She’s me in female form. The other day I was reading about how in Chinese mythology, there’s a belief that the perfect marriage is between two people who, in a previous life, were one. The yang and the yin represent an interdependent relationship, the circle that is one. And not to sound cheesy, but Jennifer and I make “one” really well.
What do you guys consider a great date?
This is going to sound stereotypical, and not very glamorous, but a really great date for us is sitting at home by ourselves with our dogs. I have a beagle-boxer mix, Maggie, and she has a little Maltese, Charlie. They’re best friends. And the perfect date is: We’ll hang out and cook together.
Well, so much for your image as a swashbuckling ladykiller. So, on the cooking date, who cooks and who eats?
She’s the better cook, but I’m pretty good with pastas, and I barbecue really well. Plus, I make the best mashed potatoes in the world.
You seem to be into food. So, do you like it when a date really digs chowing, too?
Yes, I’d rather the girl I’m with eat and enjoy, y’ know? A lot of women don’t eat, and I think that’s a serious problem. It’s a huge thing—they think that they have to be perfect-model skinny, they have to look a certain way . That’s just wrong. I really believe that everyone’s body type is her own.
So, back to your relationship. You’re sounding an awful lot like a one-woman guy.Some people say to friends of mine, “Why does Scott have a girlfriend now” Is he nuts? This is the time of his life!” And you know what? The truth is, the women who look at me now were not looking at me three years ago. And yet, I didn’t look or act any different then. But because of the public persona that I have now, things have changed. I can understand how some people in Hollywood do leave their relationships, but I know that I wouldn’t be any happier doing that. All I’d have is more stories to tell my guys at the end of the night. And you know what? At the end of the night, I don’t want to be with my guys! I want to be with Jennifer.
Scott's Secrets From The Set
The residents of Kelvin Hall (and their friends) are so involved in each other’s lives—and the love vibes between Noel and Felicity are so strong—that it’s hard to believe that the groovy group you see on-screen isn’t superclose offscreen, too. But that’s the surprising truth. “Kerri and I have been told we have great chemistry on-screen,” Scott admits. “But that’s it. We have a very professional relationship. We work together very well.” Since the plot is often driven by Felicity’s point of view, there isn’t a lot of group bonding. “Keri’s kind of the hub of the cast,” explains Scott. “I have scenes with her, Scott Speedman does, Tangi [Miller] does, Amy Jo [Johnson] does. But we don’t interact a whole lot. I think the great thing about the show is that we all live and work in Los Angeles. We go to work, we get along, we go home and have other lives. It’s not like Dawson’s Creek where they’re with each other all the time.”
But Scott says there’s an upside to having a little space. “Jealousy can get in the way of set friendships,” he says. “Here, it doesn’t. It’s very professional.”
Which means, like any other workplace crowd, they spend a few off-hours together. “We definitely have separate lives, but we do see each other on the weekends when Amy Jo is performing her songs, or when Tony [Lucca, Keri’s real-life musician boyfriend] is playing someplace,” Scott says. “We’re separate but equal.”
Scott Foley: The WB Product?
Though Scott Foley is a product of the WB – he got his break with a bit part on “Dawson’s Creek” and shot to fame playing crisis-prone collegian Noel opposite Keri Russell on “Felicity” – he doesn’t conduct himself like most of the stars who work for the youth-dominated network. First off, instead of dating every girl in town, he up and married his girlfriend of three years, “Alias” star Jennifer Garner, in October 2000. And though he jumped on the teen-scare bandwagon by appearing in Scream 3 as a sleazy director alongside Courteney Cox Arquette and Neve Campbell, Foley hasn’t cashed in on his celebrity by making stock teen flicks. Instead, he’s made two indies – the yet-to-be-released ensemble drama Rennie’s Landing and the upcoming Below, a psychological thriller cowritten by Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream) in which he plays a junior grade lieutenant aboard a World War II submarine. Now that his TV series has been cancelled, he must have plenty more time to focus on his future in films. What’s his strategy? “To find good material, whether it be for television or the movies or the stage,” says Foley. “And, you know, I’m in a good position where, with my wife working, I can sit back and see what’s out there,” he adds with a laugh. – Jillian O’Connor
Scott Foley, The Sizzlin' Sixteen '99
It may be Ben who makes Felicity weak in the knees, but it's R.A. Noel who's stealing hearts and scenes. This comes as no surprise to the producers of the WB hit Felicity. In fact, they originally cast Scott Foley as the hunk, Ben, before shifting him over to play nice guy Noel.
"Scott Foley is a genius. He's like a young Tom Hanks, funny and endearing and emotionally honest. He's handsome without being intimidating," Felicity cocreator J.J. Abrams says.
Foley, 26, is getting around on the small screen. Last season, he played Cliff, the quintessential high-school jock, on Dawson's Creek--earning his face a place inside high-school lockers across America. He also appears as the unattainable older guy in the new WB sitcom Zoe, Duncan,Jack & Jane.
But it's his Felicity role that hits closest to home for this native of Kansas City, Kansas. "I really relate to Noel," Foley says. "He's honest and true, and I think if I had to choose someone to be in my corner, I'd choose Noel. He knows how to deal with problems and he'd be the one I'd want to take my back." Several thousand adolescent girls--and a plenty of older ones--couldn't agree more.
Scott Foley: Secrets and Lies and Scream 3
Everybody wants to know what happens in Scream 3, including Scott Foley. Which is sorta weird, since he's in the film.
The reason for this strange paradox: Foley never received a full script, only his scenes. "I don't know how the story comes together, I don't know what the ending is," he laments over the phone during a break in his New York press tour. "I'd get pages the day of shooting, or the day or the night before, and they'd have a maroon stripe down the center so that I couldn't photocopy it. And at the bottom would be my name, so that even if I tried to photocopy it, they'd know it was me."
The "they" to whom he's referring is director Wes Craven and his fellow big guns at Miramax, the studio behind the Scream saga. As with 1997's Scream 2, Craven and Co. have taken extreme measures in order to keep the movie's numerous twists and turns very hush-hush — even if it means dispensing plot information to the very people that star in the production on a strictly need-to-know basis. And the cast, in turn, can't reveal much to inquisitive interviewers.
So asking Foley a simple question — like whether or not he's in many of the film's scenes — yields a not-too-simple answer. "I don't know," he muses. "I had a good number of scenes, but I don't know how long the movie is, or how much I've been cut out or put in … I have no idea. But, God, I hope I'm in a lot of the movie."
Great, Scott. Well, can you at least reveal if you get to fight for your life in Scream 3? "I'm not allowed to tell you," he laughs. "Complete secrecy." No kidding.
But pose a query it's a-OK to reply to, and Foley happily obliges. In fact, he seems positively relieved to be able to say something about his film debut.
For example, doesn't this confidentiality make him nuts? "It's frustrating," he sighs. "I hope what they're trying to do is drum up interest and suspicion, and I hope that people will go see it just to find out the secret, which I think is a smart move."
Hey, every cloud has a silver lining.
The 27-year-old actor is best known for his role as neurotic RA Noel Crane on the WB's college drama Felicity (he's also guested on the same network's Dawson's Creek, a breakthrough that lead to Felicity, and Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane), so the move to Scream 3 represents both a bigger audience and format for him. But comparing the two mediums, Foley can't quite pick his favorite. "It's nice to have the extra time that features afford you," he says, referring to television's set schedule, "but if it wasn't for TV, I wouldn't be able to do features. So I'm kinda stuck in the middle."
The road to getting "stuck in the middle" took Foley over half-a-decade to traverse. His previous and not-as-desirable occupations during those starving-artist years: "I waited tables, I managed restaurants, I sold insurance, I worked at the Gap, I worked at Mrs. Fields' cookies, I worked at UCLA Medical Center stocking nursing supplies during the graveyard shift. I did everything I could to make a living."
And now? "I'm a very lucky kid," he humbly admits.
Lucky enough to land a flashy role in an eagerly-anticipated flick. In Scream 3, Foley plays a director named Roman Bridger. Roman's deep in production on an opus called Stab 3, which Scream fans will identify as the self-mocking film-within-the-film. But there are a few, um, final-cut issues. "Roman is having a hard time breaking around on his movie because all of his cast are being killed," Foley says. And that's just about all he can say.
But if Scream 3 was slathered in such secrecy, how did he audition? "Usually, you get a script prior and you read it and they tell you what pages and scenes they want you to do," he explains. "In this, it was a cold reading. I actually got scenes from Scream 2. I read Jamie Kennedy's part, when he was talking to the killer on the phone and got sucked into the van."
"It was not easy," Foley confesses of the experience. "Cold reading is never fun."
Also difficult, he adds, was playing a character without knowing the character's arc — where he begins and ends — up front. But perhaps compensating for this is how Roman Bridger imbued in him a bit of directing ambition. "I've had the opportunity to watch a bunch of directors do their thing," he reflects, as a different person helms each episode of Felicity. "It's really interesting and intriguing to me, and I think I'd like the opportunity to try that out myself sometime."
Foley's current concentration is on acting, though, looking at projects to keep him busy when Felicity goes on hiatus in May. (For those worried about him departing the show for films, don't. His contract there lasts until 2004.)
Horror, however, is a genre he can take or leave. Pose the obligatory Scream inquiry — "Do you like scary movies?" — and he replies, "Not necessarily. I like being scared every now and then. I like the suspense and the thrills. I don't like being terrified." But he's quick to cite Craven's own The Serpent and the Rainbow as a film that "scared the hell out of me."
So if Scott Foley were in a scary movie as Scott Foley, would he survive? Would he know the rules? "Probably not," he says with a chuckle. "I'm kind of a moron when it comes to that kind of stuff, so I'd probably die pretty quickly."
But does art imitate life? That's what we're dying to find out.
Q&A With Actor Scott Foley
Talk about determination: in 1990, while his high school classmates were studying for their SATs, Scott Foley was taking acting lessons and preparing for his big arrival in Hollywood. Unfortunately, no one told Hollywood he was coming, so after buying a one-way ticket to Los Angeles, Foleywho had no contacts and even less moneyspent his next seven years waiting tables, selling insurance, and hawking Mrs. Fields Cookies in between auditions. His luck changed in the summer of '97 after landing an agent and a guest-starring role on Dawson's Creek. That eventually led to him being cast as Ben on Felicity, but the show's producers quickly switched gears and asked him to play Noel instead. In addition to tackling the role of Felicity's former beau, Foley recently appeared in Scream 3 and can be seen in the upcoming short film, Self Storage. drDrew.com spoke with the Los Angeles resident about following his dream, and the importance of being "an apple pie guy."
drDrew.com: You moved to Los Angeles after high school to pursue acting. What made you so sure that was the right path for you?
Scott Foley: I was lucky enough to know exactly what I wanted to do when I was growing up. I think one of the hardest things to figure out in life is what your calling is, and what truly makes you happy--not what you want to work at, but what you want to do. And I knew it. I never took my SAT's. I never applied to college. I moved right out here and jumped into the thick of things. Whether that was the smart move or not, I'm sitting here talking to you now, so it paid off.
drDrew.com: What's your take on Noel?
SF: Noel is very apple pie. He's the kind of guy you'd like to take home to mom before you go to the prom. You know he'd bring some sparkling apple cider and you would have a great time.
drDrew.com: Are you an apple pie, sparkling cider kind of guy in real life?
SF: The older I get, the more I become an apple pie, sparkling cider kind of guy. When I was younger, I think I had the appearance of being the best prom date in the world. However, much to the dismay of some young ladies' parents, I was not that guy. But I'm working toward that right now.
drDrew.com: Hollywood puts tremendous pressure on young women to be thin no matter what they have to do to stay that way. Does that translate to the men as well?
SF: Sure it does. I have to take my shirt off in scenes. It's been said [that I] should probably drop a pound or two. What I do is not real life. People want to see the ideal when they see films and TV shows. All of us have created this idea of what's beautiful and we need to change it, but right now we're not.
drDrew.com: What is it about acting that you love so much?
SF: I get to kiss women. I think personality-wise, I like the attention. It's the opportunity to play all day and entertain people.