It’s time to bring back one of my favorite topics on this blog- fine (and fine looking, in many cases) actors who are not yet household names. You may have seen tall, striking (mother is Peruvian; father is Scottish), leading-man to-be, Henry Ian Cusick (b. 1967). His accent is British. He appeared in ABC’s Lost from 2005-2010 (after I stopped watching it- too bad), and was nominated for an Emmy. I first saw him in Fall 2010 on my favorite show, NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Ian (as he prefers to be called) was in a 2 episode arc (Bullseye and Locum), playing Eric Weber, an IT security expert/neighborhood vigilante/martial arts teacher. At first, I thought that Erik could be a potential love interest for Detective Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay), but he turned out to be two-faced… and a serial pedophile! The dark hair/eyes, features, and intensity bring to mind actor Clive Owen, who got his start on British TV playing antiheros.
In ABC’s Scandal, Ian played a supporting role as Stephen Finch, close friend/co-worker of DC lawyer/fixer Oliva Pope (Kerry Washington). However, Shonda Rimes (the show’s creator) decided not to bring his character back for the 2nd (current) season. Ladies’ man Stephen got married to a teacher and moved away to “have a normal life” (as Olivia wanted for him all along).