Why Is Scott Foley Hiding Under the Covers Every Morning?

01/22/2015 at 05:00 PM ET

Scott Foley Live Happy magazine
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Scott Foley has found his two greatest loves in life — and they both require early wakeup calls.

“At this stage of my life, what makes me happy is my passion,” the Scandal star says in the February issue of Live Happy. “That sounds so generic and broad, but I love to act, I love to tell stories and that is my passion.”

Foley’s other focus: his family of five. The actor and his wife Marika Dominczyk are parents to daughter Malina, 5, and sons Keller, 2½, and Konrad, 10 weeks.

“I love my family — my family makes me happier than anything else. I’m passionate about spending time with them, watching them grow and making them laugh,” he explains. “Those are the two passions in my life: family and work.”

For Foley, 42, the pieces all began to fall into place a decade ago.

“In the last 10 years, I have been able to really establish a home base here in Los Angeles,” he explains. “Once I came to realize that I liked where I was, I wasn’t really interested in going anywhere else.”

He adds, “I was able to put down some roots with a family — and now three kids. There’s something really important to me about that root system, about that family. That’s where it all comes from.”

While each day begins bright and early, Foley embraces all the chaos — despite admittedly attempting to delay the morning madness. “Malina and Keller share a room and we have a monitor in there,” he explains. “Usually, about 6 a.m., I am awakened by my son screaming — telling his sister to wake up. Then they run into our room.”

Although the dad-of-three tries to “hide under the covers for at least five minutes,” he jokes his plans are typically met with resistance.

“It usually doesn’t work,” he shares. “Keller’s a regular young man, so I have to change poop. That’s usually the first thing I do when I get out of bed. And then, if it’s a weekday, I make a bowl of cereal and eggs. If it’s a weekend, it’s either pancakes or waffles.”

And, at the end of the day, Foley says he couldn’t be happier with where life has taken him.

“I come from a fairly large family with three boys; my wife has three girls in hers,” he says. “I like the American dream. I like the idea of an RV and a road trip or a European vacation with my family.”

Scandal returns to ABC on Thursday, Jan. 29.

— Anya Leon

FILED UNDER: News , Parenting , Scott Foley

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DaisyMoon on

Loved him on “Felicity” years ago!

I missed the “Scandal” boat, then binge-watched the first 3 seasons recently thanks to Netflix…Love him there too…
(although Cyrus Beene has been my favorite since episode 1)

Get a room on

Why does his daughter and his older son share a room?

He can afford a house with enough rooms for each kid to have their own bedroom. A girl should not share a room with a boy.

Guest on

He is so very attractive, in my opinion. It’s great that he is a family man. Love that about him. To the person that commented about his son and daughter sharing a room, they are what 5 and 2 1/2. I can see this at their ages versus when they get older. I have a twin niece and nephew. They shared a room but separate beds from the time they were born up until maybe 8 or 9 years old. They are teens now and dating. They turned out okay. Also, when they are that little, sometimes they can be afraid to sleep in a room by themselves or they are afraid of the dark. I am sure there is a logical reason for them sharing a room. Who know’s it may keep them out of mom and dad’s bed at night.

jm on

@Get a room… what is wrong with sharing a room? I’m a girl and shared a room with my brother. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. It’s not until kids hit puberty that they really need/want their private space.

Oh an my brother an I also took our bath together for years. And nothing bad happened to either of us. Crazy eh?!

Alright, go get a life now.

Heather on

Siblings usually like sharing a room. I have 3 girls and 2 boys and they wanted to camp out on the floor in each others’ rooms often. It isn’t inappropriate until they are older but even still, separate rooms for every child is a first world luxury. Many cultures do family beds or all live in a one or two room shack!!!

Blair on

Uh, I think most young brothers and sisters share a room. I shared one with my brother (we had bunk beds) when I was little until the end of elementary school. Being a teenager and sharing a room with your brother would be creepy not to mention inappropriate. With kids, it’s different. Most are afraid of the dark and don’t want to sleep alone. No big deal.

P.S. I like Scott on Scandal but his acting is a little robotic and stiff. He should loosen up. I’m rooting for Jake and Olivia. They challenge and bring out the best in each other. I also like idea of Jake (like Pacey & Joey from Dawson’s Creek) eventually winning Olivia over. Having love find you when you least expect it is so romantic!

jenni on

I love how people want babies and tiny children to sleep all alone, but would never do so themselves. Humans, even young ones, like being with other humans.

jenni on

Love Scott, and his values, have not seen his work in years though. He’s a darker haired version of my husband, who I don’t like very much right now, but I still love Scott. So handsome.

Palmlady on

Scott Foley has beautiful Eyes. I Garner should have kept him. Way more handsome than Ben

Get a room on

If the little brat is waking his sister up by yelling than I agree she should have her own room.

Foley is hot. He should share my room with me. Lol

Get a room on

I’m a girl and I shared a room with my brother until I was 10. It sucked. There was never a sense of privacy and people always thought it was weird when they came over. I begged for my own room for years before my parents finally let me have one.

I like Scott Foley but I don’t like him with Olivia. He always seems like he’s hiding something. His eyes are dreamy though.

Mercy McCulloch Hasselblad on

Awwww, thats cute…