Scott Wolf

Herald Sun - Switched On - - ON THE COUCH - BY COLIN VICKERY NA­TIONAL TV WRITER

Scott Wolf will prob­a­bly al­ways be best known as Bai­ley Salinger in Party of Five, the iconic 1990s teen drama that also made stars of Neve Camp­bell, Matthew Fox and Jennifer Love He­witt.

Wolf’s ma­jor TV roles since then have been Ever­wood as Dr Jake Hart­man, along­side Treat Wil­liams, and sci-fi drama V, as Chad Decker.

But now Wolf is back in the spot­light as Dr Scott Clem­mens on The Night Shift. Wolf has been pro­moted to a se­ries reg­u­lar for the third sea­son of the med­i­cal drama set in the ER at a San An­to­nio Hos­pi­tal.

How good does it feel to be a se­ries reg­u­lar this sea­son? Usu­ally char­ac­ters like mine — a foil who was brought in to get in the way of Jor­dan and TC get­ting to­gether — don’t stick around very long. But the chem­istry has been re­ally great be­tween all of us (Wolf, Flint, Macken) so the writ­ers de­cided to tell a far more com­pli­cated story and Scott has turned out to be a re­ally in­ter­est­ing char­ac­ter.

You played a doc­tor on Ever­wood. What are the chal­lenges of play­ing a trauma sur­geon this time around? Part of the fun of be­ing an ac­tor is that you get a chance to ex­plore th­ese worlds that you’d never dig deep into other­wise. We’re all pre­pared when we do this stuff. We’ve got emer­gency room doc­tors with us on set. I’ll look up sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dures on­line.

What sort of re­search did you do to pre­pare for the role? I was able to shadow a pae­di­atric car­dio­tho­racic sur­geon — a guy who does open-heart surgery on kids. It was an in­valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence. I watched this guy do two open-heart surg­eries — on an eight-year-old girl and a two-and-a-half-week-old boy.

Can you stand the sight of blood? I learned that I’m not par­tic­u­larly squea­mish, which helps be­cause the spe­cial ef­fects on our show are very re­al­is­tic. Play­ing a sur­geon, my hands are in­side of a chest a lot of days. In the first sea­son he was a guy who seemed pretty closed off and hard to con­nect with. Over time we’ve seen him deal with ad­ver­sity and soften a bit. In the se­cond sea­son he was in­volved in this hor­ri­ble car ac­ci­dent. It was his fault. He paral­ysed a young man. It re­ally took his feet from un­der him. But in that mo­ment this (hos­pi­tal) fam­ily re­ally em­braced him.

THE NIGHT SHIFT, UNI­VER­SAL CHAN­NEL, WED­NES­DAY, 9.30PM

Scott Wolf is back as an ER doc­tor in

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