Scott Wolf has been in the TV game for a while now. He played the beloved Bailey Salinger on the 90s classic Party of Five; he starred as Dr. Jake Hartman on Everwood in the mid-2000s; and he appeared in shows like The Nine, V and Perception.
But lately, Wolf has been making a splash as Dr. Scott Clemmens on NBCs The Night Shift, which just kicked off its fourth season. The series follows a group of doctors from the Army who work the night shift together at a hospital in San Antonio. Clemmens, who is not ex-military, tries to find his place among the family of medics,while trying to work alongside his ex-girlfriend, Dr. Jordan Alexander (Jill Flint).
Wolf says the best part of his job is getting to shine a light on real-life surgeons who save lives every day, as well as having the opportunity to cover topics that are affecting our world daily.
On the surface, because its a hospital show, there are all these crazy medical conditions or injuries or things that are just really interesting to learn about. But this show does take on bigger, emotional issues and really complicated ones, Wolf told HuffPost during a Build Series interview Wednesday. Last year, we did a story about a potentially racially biased police shooting. So theres kind of sometimes this torn-from-the-headlines stuff that is, you know, I suppose delicate and controversial. Theres this story [in Thursday nights episode] with this young girl who had an abortion and her mom doesnt know about it.
The actor says its meaningful to be on a show that doesnt shy away from discussing these issues on screen, especially in the current age were living in. From the beginning, Wolf knew The Night Shift would give a voice to veterans who are dealing with their personal experiences each and every day, and that made him proud to be involved.
… A lot of these doctors [on the show] are ex-military and they served as army medics in Iraq or Afghanistan. So the show has a huge undercurrent of that military theme and we tell a ton of stories, especially this season, Wolf explained.The hospital ends up partnering with the local VA, and theyre overtaxed and theres such a burden upon them and they need the help getting that work done. And Episode 7 is an episode thats entirely devoted to the military. All of the guest actors everyone other than the core cast are all military, are all veterans. Thats an incredibly important issue it feels silly to even call it an issue, its an important thing to be taking proper care of the people who have served. So to be on a show that takes that seriously and tells stories, not just the glorified versions but the ways in which its incredibly challenging and the work that has to get done, Im really proud of that, too.
The Night Shift airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on NBC. Watch Scott Wolfs full Build Series interview below.
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