He may currently be most known as Porgy in the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of Porgy & Bess (starring opposite Audra McDonald), but Norm Lewis is no stranger to the screen; from roles in daytie soap All My Children in the 1990s on TV, to Sex & The City 2, in 2010, on the big screen.
And now with Porgy & Bess scheduled to end its run on September 23, Norm Lewis will be returning to TV, signing up for a recurring role on ABC's hit freshman series Scandal, when it returns for a second season next month.
In an on-set cast/crew interview with Huffington Post, there was this revelation by co-star Bellamy Young:
"We're having a great guy named Norm Lewis who's on Broadway right now in Porgy and Bess… I've known Norm forever because I was a singer on Broadway in my last life, and he's coming to do an incredible arc, like Kerry's character's ex-boyfriend kind of thing … juicy wonderment. I can't wait for that."
Well then! That's a big reveal isn't it? Olivia Pope's "ex-boyfriend kind of thing…" she says.
Ok folks, go ahead and run with it!
There's been lots of talk about whether Olivia will have a new love interest for season 2, with Joshua Malina, who has been promoted to series regular, recently saying that his character David (the U.S. attorney) just might get involved with Olivia; specifically that…
"… the friction that exists between David and Olivia leaves the door open for romantic potential."
Shonda Rhimes' contribution to that discussion:
There is [the possibility of a new romance]… There's a prospect of one. I don't know that we're going to get to it early in the second season, but there's definitely a prospect of one. I think that we call her a political nun and she has no personal life and we all know why she has no personal life. But I think that she reached a crossroads at the end of the finale.
So, who knows, maybe Norm Lewis returns as the ex-boyfriend trying to work his way back into a romance with Ms Pope. Or not… maybe he becomes a client, and their past adds some friction to his case. But it is a recurring role, and Young does call it "an incredible arc."
We'll find out when Lewis begins his duties on the series, reportedly scheduled to first appear in the third episode of the upcoming second season, which is currently in production, with a September 27 premiere scheduled.