The 42- year- old actor is no stranger to TV love triangles, from vying for the affections of Felicity on the 1998-2002 series of that name or wooing Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) away from the president on ABC’s Thursday- night smash, Scandal. You can also see him promoting Bausch + Lomb’s new line of BioTrue contact lens products.
Which character is closer to you in real life, sweet Noel from Felicity or tough-guy Jake on Scandal? “I am no longer ashamed to say that Noel is much closer to my heart and my real personality. I have three kids now, I have a minivan; I’ve become that guy.”
Do you have any daredevil hobbies? “I did triathlons for a long time. I am very athletic and outdoorsy. I sort of live on the outskirts of L.A. We have a bunch of hiking trails around us. I am a big tennis player.”
The whole Scandal cast interacts with fans on Twitter. What’s that like? “It’s really cool. I watched Little House on the Prairie when I was a kid. If I could have talked to Melissa Gilbert or Michael Landon while that show was airing, I would have flipped out!”
Can you give us any hints about what’s in store for Jake this season? “I’m just hoping to stay alive—it’s a different world now as a TV actor than it was 10 years ago. You can never be too sure!”