‘NCIS: New Orleans’: Scott Bakula’s Biggest Regret

NCIS: New Orleans” star Scott Bakula seems to have a great life, but there are some things he wishes he could have done differently. Here’s what Bakula says is his biggest regret.

Scott Bakula’s rise to fame

Scott Bakula on the set of NCIS: New Orleans. | Skip Bolen/CBS via Getty Images
Scott Bakula on the set of NCIS: New Orleans. | Skip Bolen/CBS via Getty Images

Scott Bakula started his career on Broadway. He moved from St. Louis, Missouri, to New York to pursue his career. Bakula’s efforts proved fruitful, and he snagged a lead role in the musical “Romance Romance,” earning a Tony nomination for his performance. In 1989, he got his big break when he landed the role of Dr. Sam Beckett in the hit show “Quantum Leap.”

Fame came at a cost for Scott Bakula

Krista Neumann and Scott Bakula. |  The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images
Krista Neumann and Scott Bakula. | The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images

Although Bakula enjoys a successful acting career, his personal life took a hit during his early years as an actor. As the star of “Quantum Leap,” Bakula had to put in long hours on the job. He told “People” magazine his work schedule required him to spend a lot of time away from his family. “[I was] hardly ever home for four and a half seasons,” he told the publication.

Unfortunately, Bakula’s marriage to his first wife, Krista Neumann, ended not long after “Quantum Leap” ended in 1993. They married in 1981 and divorced in 1995. Bakula later married his current wife, Chelsea Field, in 2009.

Scott Bakula’s biggest regret

Scott Bakula | George Pimentel/WireImage
Scott Bakula | George Pimentel/WireImage

When work gets busy, it can be easy to put important things on the backburner. Sometimes loved ones get lost in the shuffle. Bakula told “People” his biggest regret is missing his daughter’s formative years. Bakula and Neumann have two children together, Chelsy and Cody. (He has two other children, Wil and Owen, with his current wife.)

The actor made a decision to put his family first after he joined the cast of “Star Trek: Enterprise” in 2001. “I had it put in my contract that I would be done every Wednesday at 6 so I could be home for dinner,” he told “People.” He also carved out time so he could be a soccer and baseball coach on his sons’ teams.  

Scott Bakula likes to keep fame at a distance

Bakula is a very private person, and that’s understandable considering how much fame cost him. During an interview with “CBS Sunday Morning,” Bakula said “People” magazine wanted to interview him in his home, but he declined. “For a hundred million years ‘People’ magazine wanted to do interviews with me at my home,” he told “CBS Sunday Morning” correspondent Lee Cowan. “And I said, ‘I can’t.’ Where do you stop?”

Out of respect for Bakula’s privacy, Cowan interviewed the actor in a nearby Los Angeles restaurant instead of his home. “You’re somebody who is so well-known, and yet you’re not known for your personal life, you’re not known for being in the tabloids. You’re known purely for your work, and a lot of it. Which is kind of remarkable these days,” Cowan said. “That’s what’s wrong with my career. You summed it up in one sentence,” joked Bakula.

Scott Bakula |  John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images
Scott Bakula | John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images

Fans certainly don’t think anything is wrong with Bakula or his current show. “NCIS: New Orleans” continues to be a fan favorite. This can be seen by the messages disappointed fans posted on social media after it was announced new episodes won’t air until February 2020. We’re sure it will be worth the wait.

Read more: ‘NCIS: New Orleans’: Scott Bakula Says This Is Why Fans Love the Show

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