You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Chasing Life’s’ Scott Michael Foster: The Man Who Never Dies?

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read ahead if you haven’t watched the Aug. 17 episode of “Chasing Life.”

If you watch ABC Family’s “Chasing Life,” you’ve wondered more than once if Leo Hendrie, played by Scott Michael Foster, will survive — on Aug. 17, that question was answered: no, he will not.

Monday night’s episode, titled “As Long As We Both Shall Live,” marked the end for Leo, who unexpectedly died in his sleep, only to be shockingly found by his new bride April (Italia Ricci).

Next week, “Chasing Life” will mourn Leo, and that Aug. 24 episode will serve as the actor’s final send-off.

Throughout “Chasing Life’s” freshman season and the current second round, Foster’s character has suffered multiple will-he-or-won’t-he fake out deaths, being at the center of many cliffhangers in the series, before ultimately reaching his final breathing moments.

Though fans are devastated at the loss of Leo, it’s practically a miracle he survived this long, when you look at Foster’s recent resume.

Gearing up for a series regular role this fall on ABC’s new drama “Blood and Oil” (which, it’s safe to assume, is to blame for him dying on “Chasing Life”), Foster has appeared in major arcs on “Once Upon A Time’s” last season, playing “Frozen” favorite Kristoff; AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire;” Showtime’s “Californication;” NBC’s “Parenthood;” ABC Family’s “Melissa & Joey;” plus a regular role on the short-lived ABC thriller “Zero Hero,” which was cancelled after one season.

Despite his “Chasing Life” death, his time on the show marked a full-circle moment, as Foster got his start on ABC Family’s cult college comedy “Greek,” which was created by Patrick Sean Smith who exec produces “Chasing Life.”

“I’ve had the distinct pleasure of working with Scott for almost ten years now and I’ll fight tooth and nail to have ten more,” Smith tells Variety. “He’s one of the most genuine and versatile actors of his generation.”

Unfortunately for Smith, insiders say Foster will only appear in one more episode — for now at least. (In a recent interview, Ricci did tease to Variety that Leo may be able to stick around, despite Foster’s in-demand schedule.)

Before “Blood and Oil” was ordered to series, Foster — one of Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch — sat down with Variety, explaining that if his time would permit, he’d like to stay on “Chasing Life.”

“I love the show. The character is awesome,” he said. “I think at some point, over time, there will be a moving on stage. If the pilot goes, it will enforce that. Italia is one of the most talented actresses right now and everyone that works on the show is great. I have a lot of friends over there, but at some point, it will come to an end.”

Joking about his cliffhanger death toll on the series, before he was actually killed off, Foster quipped, “We’ve done this three times now.”

As for managing his busy work schedule to bounce between various sets, “Chasing Life” served as a balancing act. “This is the one that’s been flying me back and forth for so many other things. I think they’re like, ‘God, when are we going to get rid of this guy? He is costing us so much money in transportation!'” With a laugh, he added, “I had a lot of frequent flyer miles.”

Foster is working so much that when he was simultaneously filming both the series and the “Blood and Oil” pilot, he would bump into the same people from set-to-set, though they were completely different productions.

While setting up for a “Chasing Life” scene, in which he needed a stunt coordinator for safety (his character Leo was up on a roof), in walked his stuntman — who was also his co-star Chase Crawford’s “Blood and Oil” body double. “I was like, ‘What are you doing here, man?!'” Foster recalls, explaining that he flew in from the Salt Lake City shoot for a “Chasing Life” fitting. “We had just been on the same set.”

However, no matter how busy he is — nor how many times he may have to be killed off from projects — Foster realizes he’s dealing with a good problem, and he’s grateful he picked the right pilot this season.

“It’s hard because when you make the choice, it’s all up to you. You have to be okay with the decision that maybe the show you picked doesn’t go and the one you didn’t does. It’s a hard decision,” he said.

And as for the good fate of his fall drama, in which he stars opposite Don Johnson, the up-and-comer chose the project because it was different. “The part itself, I don’t really ever get to play a really bad guy, and this guy’s a really bad guy, so that’s a fun change for me.”

Even with a TV death under his belt, Foster keeps it all in perspective: “What we do isn’t work. It’s play.”

More TV

  • Disney Channel Fires 'Andi Mack' Actor

    Disney Channel Fires 'Andi Mack' Actor Arrested for Plotting Sex With Minor

    Disney Channel has severed ties with “Andi Mack” actor Stoney Westmoreland following his arrest for allegedly trying to arrange a sexual encounter with a 13-year-old. “Stoney Westmoreland, an actor working on the series ‘Andi Mack,’ was arrested in Salt Lake City today,” a Disney Channel spokesperson said in a statement Friday. “Given the nature of [...]

  • Russian Doll

    TV News Roundup: Natasha Lyonne's 'Russian Doll' Sets Netflix Premiere Date

    On Friday’s roundup, Netflix announces the premiere date for “Russian Doll” and Benedict Cumberbatch’s “Brexit” film has a premiere date on HBO FIRST LOOKS Showtime has released a new teaser for the upcoming comedy series, “Black Monday,” which will premiere Sunday, Jan. 20 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The series stars and is executive produced by Don [...]

  • Vanity Fair Review

    TV Review: 'Vanity Fair'

    There’s something comforting about the predictability of a period piece novel adaptation in the Masterpiece Theater tradition. Knowing the story, or even just the rhythms of the genre, there are rarely many surprises. The women will toss off witticisms and cry careful, pretty tears; the men will steel their jaws and declare their love, ideally [...]

  • FILE - In this April 5,

    CBS Claims Commitment to Ending Harassment. Its Actions Say Otherwise (Column)

    At this point, a new breaking sexual harassment case at CBS isn’t exactly a surprise. Over and over again, powerful CBS company men from producers to executives to the ex-CEO himself have made headlines for propagating decades of harassment and abuse, with dozens of witnesses affirming that the pattern was business as usual. But as [...]

  • Willow ShieldsVariety Portrait Studio, Beautycon Festival

    'Hunger Games' Alum Willow Shields Joins Netflix Drama Series 'Spinning Out'

    Willow Shields has been cast in a series regular role in “Spinning Out,” the upcoming ice skating drama series at Netflix. She joins a cast that also includes Kaya Scodelario, who was announced as the series lead on Thursday, taking over the role originally held by Emma Roberts. Shields will star as Serena, Kat Baker’s (Scodelario) [...]

  • Adam Levine Cardi B

    Maroon 5 and How the Super Bowl Halftime Show Became Music's Least Wanted Gig

    Who would have thought that the Super Bowl Halftime show, an American institution watched by more than 100 million people, would become the least wanted gig in music? But thanks to the ongoing controversy concerning the NFL’s stance on a player’s right to protest, brought to the forefront by football’s top conscientious objector Colin Kaepernick, [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content