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A Quick Chat with Omar Epps

I already told you about all the season four scoop the "House" crew spilled at the TCA press tour. But Omar Epps, who plays Dr. Eric Foreman, had some goodies of his own in store for me when I chatted with him after the show's panel discussion. Here's what he had to say:

How has Foreman changed from who he was in the first season to someone who could say no to House?
He's sort of evolved. I think, season one, he kind of always had that in the background, but it was his first year on the job and you kind of don't want to ruffle any feathers. But I think working so closely and sort of having some of the same personality quirks that House has, he's become confident enough to stand up to what he disagrees with in House. In this coming season, it will be interesting to see how that all sort of comes full circle, because he's had a chance to be out on his own in the real world and actually has a lot more of the House qualities than he thought he had — and suffers for that.

More from Epps — including what Foreman will be up to in the fall — so

How did the case where he actually lost someone change him?
It was because he just made a mistake, and I think in the medical community, you know, there's no perfection. You're constantly striving for perfection. I just think Foreman, being the hard-ass that he is, very much about order and really stiff about having order — how could he miss something so obvious, is what it came down to. So I think that affected his personality, just wondering, is he fit for this field. Foreman has a militant sort of view toward medicine, and that was a case that was definitely going to make or break him.

Do you think it did break him?
Ultimately it will make him, but I think for the time being he is broken, because I think he had to sort of get knocked off his high horse and realize he has a lot more to learn — small things. You can always learn the big things, but the small things make up the world.

What is — or was — Foreman's role in the group?
In the old group Foreman was the rookie. Obviously immensely talented, and House saw something in him, but Foreman was sort of — no pun intended — sort of the dark horse in the sense of, he was the one that had the cavalier attitude of he doesn't have a point to prove because he was the new one and wasn't comfortable with this life yet. He was still sort of cavalier about it all. And the new team, I don't know how they're going to work it, but I can make assumptions that he would sort of be heading the new team but also being a bridge between whoever the new cast members end up being and House. Because you need that, dealing with an insane character like House.

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chibarosa chibarosa 8 years
Thanks for this! Foreman is my favorite too.
Mainly-Obsessed Mainly-Obsessed 8 years
Love it!
Pinkgirl88 Pinkgirl88 8 years
love him and love the show!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Great chat, Buzz! Foreman has grown into being one of my favorite characters; he and House do share many personality traits and it's interesting to watch the interplay between them. Looking forward to the upcoming season to see how the characters grow and change (or not). Thanks, Buzz!
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 8 years
I love Foreman -- and House is one of my favorite shows. I also like the inside joke on the network of naming him after Eric Foreman on That 70's Show.
ALSW ALSW 8 years
Great chat! I never really thought about the fact that Foreman is "militant" towards medicine, but looking back, he's right!
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