In a world of crazy celebs, there isn’t anything too scandalous about Scandal actor Scott Foley. The 45-year old, whose resume boasts hits like Felicity, Scream 3 and Scrubs – is a happily marred husband and dad of three.
He and his wife, Marika Domińczyk, constantly have their hands full with the little ones – Keller, Malina and Konrad. They do, however, find space in their schedules for some alone time – when they aren’t working or working out (which is definitely a priority for both or them).
On August 12 and 13, Foley and Personal Trainer Gunnar Peterson are teaming with Propel Electrolyte Water to host a live workout at the first-ever Propel Co:Labs Fitness Festival in Los Angeles. There, Scott and Gunnar will be exercising together, among other fitness sessions held throughout the days.
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In between watching his young ones on the trampoline, and sweating it out at SoulCycle, we caught up with the The Unit star to chat about his family unit.
Personal Space: What's a typical date night like with your wife?
SF: With three young kids, there is no typical date night for us! When we do manage to sneak away, we have a movie theater near us that serves food and drinks. We love a one-stop shop. There's no set night or time, but we manage to do this, or a quick dinner out with a few friends, probably every other week.
PS: Kids are so great, but is there anything you miss about life before children
SF: Of course, there are those times when it’s easy to think about all of the supposed-freedom that I had before children – before the drop-offs and pick-ups, the constant wiping down of counters, chairs and little faces and hands, the ability to sit on the couch and watch a show with my wife without being summoned from some bathroom to wipe a bottom or grab an ice pack. But, what's fun about life without all of that? That's the good stuff, the stuff that I know I'll miss in the not-so-distant future, when they can do it all by themselves. Or think that they can.
PS: How has fatherhood changed you?
SF: I always wanted to be a dad. It's amazing all of the ways that having kids has changed me. I'm a much less selfish person because of them, and compared to who I was before, my patience level seems infinite.
PS: What milestones have your kids reached recently?
SF: My kids are 7, 5 and 2, and I feel like there are milestones reached every day. My 2-year-old is learning to swim and just learned how to hold his breath under water. The swimming without floaties thing is taking a bit longer. My 5-year-old loves Legos, and just last night, for the first time, built a Lego Batman by following the directions by himself. And my 7, almost 8-year-old, just learned to do a flip on the trampoline. When they're not your children, these sorts of things can pass with a mild acknowledgment, but when you're in it with them all of the time – watching, teaching – the little things are so much bigger than you'd expect them to be.
PS: What's the best question one of your children has asked you?
SF: My wife and I are constantly bombarded with questions from our children, from the mundane and repetitive to the surprisingly insightful. It's amazing how many times three children can say "daddy" in just one hour, much less one day. It's amazing how much information they soak up and how one question can lead to a hundred others. Recently, my 7-year-old asked why people have hair. In this day and age, I'm just not sure of that answer!
PS: Do you and your wife workout together?
SF: Marika and I do, on occasion, work out together. We're into different things – she love Pilates and Barre Method, and I really enjoy weights and Jiu Jitsu. For cardio, we'll both jump into a SoulCycle class, or go for a quick hike in the mountains near our home. It's funny, because more often than not, we work out at the same time, and in the same place, but we work out separately. We have a few machines at home that allow us to do this. For example, I'll spend 45 minutes on our elliptical machine while she takes a Peloton class in the next room. She actually introduced me to the Peloton, and I love it, but it just happens that whenever I want to spin, more likely than not, she's already riding!
PS: How about with the kids? Do you exercise with them?
SF: Our biggest goal, with our kids, is just to keep them active. With iPads and TV, is a lot harder than you'd think. We love to swim with our kids, and during the summer we're in the pool almost every day. My kids think that I'm something of a trampoline wizard and, because of that, my presence is demanded daily. I love it. It’s such good exercise and a really great, fun way of spending time with them.
PS: Do you have a mantra when it comes to relationships?
SF: I don't really have a mantra when it comes to relationships. For me, listening is key, clarity is so important. It's so easy, especially with kids and jobs and life, to get mired in petty details. The most important thing, even when you're tired, even when you're fighting and you're kids are crying, is to be nice. Maybe that’s my mantra: Be nice!
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