Albuquerque Journal - Parade - - PERSONALITY -

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!”

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