OnlyOnAOL: 'Scandal' star Scott Foley is all bite and lots of bark

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BY DONNA FREYDKIN

Pet hair is almost as inevitable as death and taxes.

As any cat or dog owner (save those who have hairless breeds) knows, an animal means a fair amount of shedding. And to that end, "Scandal" star Scott Foley, a longtime supporter of four-legged causes, is promoting Swiffer's Welcome Home campaign, providing kits that help keep things on the up and up at home.

"I'm an animal lover. I'm in a position where I can bring some attention to these different animal causes. There are tons of pets that need to be adopted. One of the main concerns that prevents pets from being adopted is the mess (factor). Give me a free Swiffer!" says Foley. "I have three kids, a dog, a cat, chickens. It's one more thing to clean, pet hair on kids' clothes, but if we can solve the problem and get a few animals adopted, it's a great thing."

When told that this writer had just found her dream dog, a rescue named Tia, Foley was exuberant.

"Will you adopt one today? Yes!" says Foley. "I have one dog at the moment. We're looking for a second."

As for his day job, that too involves plenty of growling and barking, albeit of a less obvious variety. Foley's show, which airs Thursdays, has found its titillating sweet spot once again in season five and goes on a winter break after next week's episode.

Last week, Jake (Foley) confronted power broker Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), telling her she's become her corrupt father's daughter, a madly ambitious, Machiavellian control freak. She orders him to leave. He does -- but not before kissing her. Not a smart move, given that she's now the president's girlfriend.

"I think this is one of our best seasons. I love seeing them together. There's some great stuff coming up. Her father is out of prison. She hasn't told him she let him out," says Foley.

Does he hook back up with Olivia? Foley won't say anything about the plots, kept top secret by creator Shonda Rhimes.

"Not yet. But I don't know. Trust me, remember those three kids I mentioned? I'm not jeopardizing my job at all."

Well handled, Mr. Foley.

Here's a look at Foley's on-screen amour, Washington.

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OnlyOnAOL: 'Scandal' star Scott Foley is all bite and lots of bark
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 21: Actress Kerry Washington arrives at the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 21, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Actress Kerry Washington arrives at the #TGIT Premiere Event hosted by Twitter at Palihouse Holloway on September 20, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 21: Actress Kerry Washington attends the 26th annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 21, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 22: Actress Kerry Washington is seen outside 'Good Morning America' on on September 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 21: (L-R) Producer Shonda Rhimes and actress Kerry Washington arrive at the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 21: Actress Kerry Washington accepts the Vanguard Award onstage during the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 21, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for GLAAD)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 21: Actress Kerry Washington speaks onstage during the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 21, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for GLAAD)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 21: (L-R) Actress Portia de Rossi, tv personality Ellen DeGeneres, actress Kerry Washington and writer-producer Shonda Rhimes attend the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 21, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for GLAAD)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 21: Actress Kerry Washington attends the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 21, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for GLAAD)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 21: Actress Kerry Washington attends the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 21, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for GLAAD)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Actress Kerry Washington is seen during 'Good Morning America' taping at the ABC Times Square Studios on September 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Kerry Washington is seen in Midtown on September 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Actress Kerry Washington seen on the streets of Manhattan on September 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/GC Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0130 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Kerry Washington during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on September 23, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Actress Kerry Washington is seen arriving at 'Good Morning America''on September 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 22: Actress Kerry Washington is seen outside 'Good Morning America' on on September 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 22: Lyn Paolo and Kerry Washington at The Limited Collection Inspired by Scandal Launch Event at IAC Building on September 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Nomi Ellenson/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 22: Actress Kerry Washington (L) and CEO at The Limited Diane Ellis attend The Limited Scandal Collection Launch Event at IAC Building on September 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The Limited Scandal Collection)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Actress Kerry Washington attends the #TGIT premiere event hosted by Twitter at Palihouse Holloway on September 20, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Ellen DeGeneres and Kerry Washington attend the #TGIT premiere event hosted by Twitter at Palihouse Holloway on September 20, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
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