Felicity fans, prepare to fall in love with Noel Crane all over again.
Scott Foley is back to his adorable, romantic-dramedy self as he joins ABC's Grey's Anatomy tonight as a potential love interest for Kim Raver. He's charming. He's dimpled. He's wait a minute...suffering from a terminal illness? Gahhhh!!! Is this Denny Duquette all over again? Can our own hearts take it?
Scott just gave me the lowdown on how long he's sticking around Grey's , whether he's been doing any kissing and the prospects of becoming Denny 2.0...
Tonight, we meet Scott's character, and here's what he can tell us: "Henry is a terminally ill patient, he has tumors in his glands that are recurring. He has run out of insurance and Kim Raver's character Teddy takes up his cause trying to get the hospital to do some pro bono work for him. I think it shakes her up a little bit to see someone actually in need and not being able to get what they need."
Hmmm...and might her needs involve some lovin' from the artist formerly known as TV's cutest-ever R.A.? (I'm still a Felicity die-hard—don't judge me.) Scott reveals: "I can tell you that I've shot three episodes and nothing's happened yet in that department. No kissing. [But] this is Grey's Anatomy. So I would say there's definitely potential [for Teddy and Henry], and I love the fact that there could be drama in the love department."
And it seems the stage may have been set. "When I got this job," Scott reveals, "it was the first time I ever had, in all my years of acting, to meet with the actor or actress that I'm going to play opposite of. [Grey's boss] Shonda Rhimes was really smart about sitting [Kim and me] in a room and making sure we got along, and I wasn't six inches shorter than her. Between that and the good writing, it makes it a lot easier. It makes it enjoyable."
So how long will Scott/Henry be sticking around Seattle Grace? "I have done three [episodes]," Scott tells me. "I'm off for the next two. I go back the first of the year but they haven't said for how many. Shonda has said they want to develop this character. Obviously depending on how the audience reacts to what happens with Henry and Teddy, I think there's the possibility for some longevity for the character, which would be nice."
When asked if he'd like to become the front-and-center romantic storyline, à la terminal patient Denny Duquette (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Izzie (Katherine Heigl) back in the day, and stick around a good long while in order to do it, Scott says with a laugh: "I would be very happy! If you watch television as closely as I do, you know the state of it right now, and what's been happening with all these new shows. What the hell is happening? So I think if I'm something of a Denny, but they never want to let me go...Hey, Grey's is still the top-rated scripted show on ABC. I'd be thrilled to be there for a long time!"
Confession: I was always Team Noel, and now you can count me in on Team Henry. You?
Check out sneak peeks of tonight's Grey's Anatomy, with Scott Foley's Henry (wait a minute, he has a potential fiancée?) and the Cristina-Derek fishing trip you've probably heard about.