Those of us who have been following Shonda Rhimes’ hit primetime soap “Scandal” for its four-seasons-and-counting run have, at this point, learned way more about Olivia Pope’s family life than we ever thought we would (or wanted to, depending on your opinions of the more recent plot and character arcs). At a recent panel discussion for the LA Times Envelope Screening Series, Kerry Washington discussed how Olivia’s family life has affected her ability to maintain healthy personal relationships in adulthood.
The canonical revelation that Olivia came from a childhood devoid of parental affection wasn’t actually surprising to Washington, who noted that she herself had come up with a similar backstory for her character in early episodes. “Her personal life is a tragedy, a travesty — why is that?” she said in response to a question from LA Times’ Yvonne Villareal. “You make up reasons and I thought “well, maybe there’s some parental stuff going on. I had no idea these two lunatics would appear as Mom and Dad.”
Joined by fellow cast members Scott Foley, Portia de Rossi, Jeff Perry, Bellamy Young, Katie Lowes and Guillermo Diaz, Washington went on to explain how Olivia chose her professional associates as an attempt to recreate the family she never had growing up. Watch the rest of her discussion here, and check out the other “Scandal” Envelope spotlight videos at the LA Times website.