Scott Foley makes ‘The Big Leap’ into Fox’s dance drama

'Scandal' and 'Felicity' alum is doing series work again

Scott Foley

Though “The Big Leap” largely is about dancing, Scott Foley readily admits he’s not a dancer.

Thus, the veteran of such other series as “Scandal” and “Felicity” is content to play the producer of a competition show aimed at casting an updated staging of “Swan Lake” in Fox’s new Monday drama series. Foley maintains that he doesn’t mind leaving the more literal moves to such fellow stars as Teri Polo, Piper Perabo and Jon Rudnitsky, and relative newcomers including Simone Recasner and Raymond Cham Jr.

“Not only am I mediocre at best at dancing, but that’s sort of the motto of my whole life … mediocrity,” Foley says with tongue in cheek. “It rules everything I do.” The actor-producer also notes, “No one’s reached out to me (to compete on) any of the reality shows. And I’m a little upset by it. I’ll get over it, though.”

If indeed he is upset, Foley can channel that into his “Big Leap” character Nick Blackburn, who’s not above manipulating others to attain his goals. “I had a reckoning where I sort of realized, at least in my own mind, that Nick is sort of like Darth Vader in the making of the show,” reflects Foley. “He’s not always the evil guy, but his intentions are not necessarily the best.

“I have felt, if I’m being honest, a little left-out that I don’t do the dancing, but I think it’s actually benefited the character because it creates a bit of separation between myself and the rest of the cast. Which, I hope, is apparent on screen. I think it actually adds to the drama of the show.”

Scott Foley

Birthdate: July 15, 1972

Birthplace: Kansas City, Mo.

Current residence: Los Angeles

Marital status: Married to actress Marika Dominczyk; they have three children. (Foley previously was married to Jennifer Garner.)

Other television credits include: “Whiskey Cavalier,” “Scandal,” “Final Vision,” “Insecure,” “Goldie & Bear,” “Undateable,” “Scandal,” “The Goodwin Games,” “True Blood,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Cougar Town,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “The Last Templar,” “The Unit,” “House,” “Jack & Bobby,” “A.U.S.A.,” “Scrubs,” “Felicity,” “Dawson’s Creek,” “Step by Step,” “Sweet Valley High”

Movie credits include: “Naked,” “Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife” (also written, produced and directed by Foley), “Below,” “Stealing Time,” “Scream 3”

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Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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