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Smash has cast another possible love interest for Debra Messing’s Julia in former Rent star Jesse L. Martin.

Martin, known for his co-starring role in Law and Order, will recur over a six-episode arc as Scott Welker – an artistic director at a theater company - Deadline reports.

In August, Grey’s Anatomy‘s Daniel Sunjata was cast as a potential love interest for Julia too. As you’ll recall, Messing’s character had an affair with Joe DiMaggio actor Michael Swift (Will Chase) while married to Frank (Brian d’Arcy James) in season 1, but neither Chase, d’Arcy James, Raza Jaffrey (Dev) or Jaimie Cepero (Ellis) will return as regulars in the upcoming season of the musical drama.

Martin is not new to musicals. He played Tom Collins as part of the original Broadway cast of Rent and returned to the role for the 2005 film directed by Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone‘s Chris Columbus. The movie starred most of the original Rent cast – including Glee‘s Idina Menzel and Private Practice‘s Taye Diggs – as well as Rosario Dawson. Listen to Martin’s vocals in “I’ll Cover You.”

Martin will join guest stars Jennifer Hudson and Sean Hayes as well as regulars Jeremy Jordan from Newsies, Krysta Rodriguez from The Addams Family and newcomer Andy Mientus as the new additions to the show’s second season.

Smash returns at midseason. How are you holding up without new episodes of Smash?

  • http://twitter.com/notenoughpuff Sarah

    I’ve only seen the first ten minutes of the first episode, but I’ll probably watch it again for Jesse.

  • Firebolt2398

    OH MY GOD. His voice is one if the best I’ve ever heard. “I’ll Cover You” makes me cry everytime. He is going to be the perfect addition to the show.

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