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
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