Scott Foley on being inspired by ‘Ted Lasso’ producer Bill Lawrence

In order to participate in a fictional Television producer on his new Fox drama “The Big Leap,” Scott Foley thought about some of the actual-life figures that he’s worked with. 

“I’ve been genuinely lucky to get the job done with great producers, whether or not it is J.J. Abrams — ‘Felicity’ was his very first detail — or Bill Lawrence with ‘Scrubs,’ or Shonda Rhimes with ‘Scandal,’” Foley, 49, explained to The Article on the cellphone from Chicago, where by he’s at this time filming the present. 

“But the freshest in my mind was the time I invested in Prague capturing ‘Whiskey Cavalier’ with Bill Lawrence,” he reported of the brief-lived ABC collection. “I watched the way he dealt with talent and writers. [I noticed] his empathy, but also his drive of having the demonstrate be the aim without the need of form of hurting any person, if that makes feeling. Monthly bill is nowhere in the vicinity of as callous as my character can be. But he was a major inspiration to me when I was building the Nick character off the website page and in my head.” 

Scott Foley as Nick in “The Massive Leap.”

Premiering Monday (9 p.m.) “The Huge Leap” follows a various forged of down-on-their-luck people as they try out to adjust their lives by appearing on a actuality Tv set clearly show that will culminate in a modern day reimagining of “Swan Lake.” 

Amid others, there’s single mother Gabby (Simone Recasner) who gave up on dance dreams to increase her son, cancer survivor Paula (Piper Perabo), professional-athlete Reggie (Ser’Darius Blain) who’s gotten terrible press, and laid-off autoworker Mike (Jon Rudnitsky) who’s now juggling quite a few careers to get by. It’s all overseen by rapidly-speaking producer Nick Blackburn (Foley), who’s reeling from his very own failures in his expert and private life. 

Foley is the greatest identify in the solid, very best identified for “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” and “Scream 3,” amid other individuals. He’s stunned by which of his roles resonate, he explained. 

“I did ‘Felicity’ when I was 26. I’m 49 now, you in no way consider persons would still be telling me ‘Oh my god, Noel was my favourite!’ [But] I have listened to far more situations than not that the reason they went to university in New York was because of ‘Felicity,’ or the reason they reduce their hair.”

Scott Foley as Nick looks at video monitors in "The Big Leap."
Scott Foley as producer Nick takes a glimpse at the exhibit he’s creating in “The Significant Leap.”

As substantially as he’s an industry veteran having said that, “The Large Leap” gave Foley a little something new. 

“I’ve been accomplishing this very long more than enough that I can appear at [a script] and know how it is going to audio coming out of my mouth,” he stated. “Certain writers do not produce in the way I communicate. So, I seem at the relieve with which the phrases stream. And then I search for stories that fascination me and stories I haven’t observed prior to. I do not intellect participating in a similar character to a little something I have played ahead of, as prolonged as there is a new obstacle. But Nick is fully unique than nearly anything I have performed right before.”

“I’m not utilised to remaining these a directly dastardly character. Jake on ‘Scandal’ was a undesirable man because that was component of his career, but Nick is actively on the lookout to exploit persons. And that is something that is tricky for me to do. I form of bristle each individual time I get a new script for the reason that I’m like, ‘I like this person, and I have to use them in this way!’ It can be hard, but I’ve definitely embraced it. I experienced a dialogue with the author the other day the place I say, ‘The meaner you can make Nick, the much better he is.’ That is the initial obstacle — obtaining around my awesome-male issue.”

Scott Foley as Nick and Mallory Jansen (left) as Monica look at video monitors in "The Big Leap
Scott Foley as Nick and Mallory Jansen (left) as Monica in “The Huge Leap.”

Making the present was difficult, due to the fact like most other productions, “The Significant Leap” was shut down on three separate events through the pandemic. It was well worth it in the stop, Foley mentioned. 

“I really like making tv, I adore the process of currently being on set, and not often do I get  as much pleasure out of viewing the demonstrates as I do generating them. But this was distinctive. You under no circumstances know how it’s likely to transform out. I was so happy when I noticed the pilot. I felt like, ‘Oh, male, I chose Alright!’ Everybody is going to see by themselves represented one way or an additional in the figures. I’m sick of looking at people today die on Tv — and in authentic life. [This show] is complete of heart.” 

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