The actor who plays 'Cappie' on the ABC Family series tells us what's in store for next season
Scott Michael Foster is certainly a young actor on the rise. With just a handful of credits to his name, he landed the role of "Cappie" on the hit ABC Family series Greek. The second season of this program will premiere on Monday March 24 at 8 PM ET. I was in on a conference call with Foster and here's what he had to say about this show and the new season.
Why did you want to play Cappie and why do you like playing Cappie and what about this role is good for you to want to play it, to be it?
Scott Michael Foster: Cappie is a fun loving party animal. I would like to think of myself as a person who can get parties started, but I'm not. I will enjoy parties and attend them, but I'm never the guy who can get them going. So playing a character like that is a lot fun, to be the person in charge of a fun party atmosphere. It was kind of cool to live in those shoes for a moment, that's why it's a lot of fun for me to play him.
My question is about Cappie and Casey. I was wondering how their relationship is going to evolve now?
Scott Michael Foster: In season two, Cappie and Casey, they sort of have busy lives apart from each other. Cappie is involved with Rebecca, as you see at the end of season one, and their relationship blooms in season two. Casey is busy with becoming interim president at Theta Beta, so they don't ever get a chance to sort of talk or assess their situation. So you won't see much in season two with them, but their time will come.
Are you surprised with the success of Greek and how do you think a show like Greek fits into the overall theme of the Family Channel?
Scott Michael Foster: When I first read the pilot, I knew the show was going to great. You never know what's going to happen with a show these days because they're so hit or miss, but we really believed in the project, so I guess I'm just sort of grateful when the success happens because you know that the show deserves it. ABC Family is ready to get a new image for themselves and I think Greek really kind of started that change. I think you'll see more programming like Greek in the future on that channel. I kind of think of ourselves as sort of stepping stone for change in the network. It's kind of exciting to be on the first step, the first of a new network, sort of, you know what I mean?
Were you were in a fraternity?
Scott Michael Foster: No, I went to college for a matter of months when I got out of high school and it was a small community college in Texas. There wasn't even a fraternity/sorority system there. I didn't really have any interest at that time either. It was sort of all theatre and performance for me, so I did not attend. Although, looking back, it looks like it would be kind of a fun thing to be a part of after doing the show.
In season one, it looks like it covered about a semester. Is that going to follow the same kind of sequence for next season?
Scott Michael Foster: I'm not entirely sure how it's going to happen, but I know they're kind of doing it in chapters, at least, I think that's how they're doing it. I believe the first ten episodes are sort of the first semester and the second ten will be sort of like nine weeks, like up to spring break, I believe. And then it will go on like that, but they don't keep me in the loop on the sequencing of the episodes according to the school year.
You said that you did not go to a four year school, but I was wondering if you could tell your fans, if you could go back in time and if you weren't an actor, what would be your dream four year school to attend and what would be your major?
Scott Michael Foster: Wow! I didn't actually ever think about going to a university as much as I do now. When I got out of high school, it wasn't even a thing that I wanted to do. Seeing some of the beautiful campuses out here in southern California, I sort of changed my mind a little bit. If I did want to go back to school, I'd want to go to Loyola Marymount University over in, I believe, Morina, or Pepperdine. Those are just beautiful campuses. I know that's probably not the right reason to go school. The campuses are just stunning. I can't imagine myself not being an actor, so I would take theatre or film acting or something like that.
I was reading about your band, Siren's Eye. I just was wondering if you could tell us what kind of music you play and if any of the music is available on a MySpace page or iTunes or anything like that?
Scott Michael Foster: It's evolved over the years. We play pretty much the standard rock and roll. We do anything from AC/DC type music, to new rock, like Radiohead. All the members of the band like different types of music and that's what helps influence our sound. Yes, we cover a lot of genres. You can go to MySpace.com/Sirenseye and you see a few songs, a couple videos from our last show. In the next few months we're working on an EP.
As an actor, how you prepare for the parts you play?
Scott Michael Foster: It's so interesting. I think the writing and the casting and all of that has so much to do with actors becoming their characters. I think if an actor is right for a role, casting sees that and the words that are on the page, depending on how it's written, can really help your character develop. Once that's all in place, it's sort of a really natural process, where if the character is anything like me at all, it's sort of like I find situations in my own life to relate. If it's not, then I have to find situations in own life that can come close to that. Its sort of just looking at what this character is doing and then finding a situation in my life to remember or relate to somehow. So it's all about relation to yourself, I guess.
How the mood will evolve for season two versus season one?
Scott Michael Foster: In Season one, everyone is being established and you see the existing problems and things like that. The problems change in Season two, everyone is kind of being busted for parties and drinking and all that stuff. So all the characters are trying to keep on the down-low with the school, so that they don't get in trouble. Everyone is still trying to figure things out, compared to the end of the first season. There a lot of confusion and resentment towards certain people. It will still be as carefree on certain parts, but at the same time, they're all trying to still figure things out.
How does the cast of Greek get along with each other? Do you guys hang out together off the set? Who, if anyone, would you say that you're the closest to from the rest of the cast?
Scott Michael Foster: It's amazing because, from what we understand, it's very rare for a cast who have now nine regular characters to all hang out. We all get along very well, but the people that I hang out with most are the recurring characters, Zack Lively who plays Heath, and Daniel Weaver who play Ben Bennett. We're all very close. Jake McDorman, Paul James and Jacob Zachar, we all hang out on a regular basis. It's a lot of fun and I have to be grateful to say that because it doesn't happen all that often.
You have a lot of very funny lines on Greek. I was curious if you had any input into your lines or the script in general?
Scott Michael Foster: Everyone on the show gets to ad lib a bit and it's sort of up to the producers and editors if they get to keep it or not. The lines that you see for the most part are written as is, but every now and then, they let us ad lib and have fun. Some of those lines get to stay in. It's actually funny. I said earlier, Clark Duke, the guy who plays Dale almost all of his lines are him ad libbing and it's hysterical. If anybody has the chance to watch him do his job on set, I think you'd be cracking up because he's hysterical.
How would you like Cappie to evolve in the future in future seasons?
Scott Michael Foster: How would I like Cappie to evolve in the future seasons? I would love for eventually to see Cappie and Casey. I want to see their storyline get back together because I know that's what a lot of people want to see and it's what I want to see. Not that the Cappie and Rebecca relationship isn't fun to do, but when we came into this, it was Cappie and Casey and they're going to get back together at some point and when is that going to be. I want to see that happen and that's what I'm curious about.
Where do you think Cappie will end up after college?
Scott Michael Foster: He'll probably open up a surfboard shop on the West Coast somewhere, driving some sort of van and wearing flip flops and shorts all the time.
The second season of Greek will premiere on March 24 at 8 PM ET on the ABC Family Channel.