ABC’s Scandal peeled back the layers between vice presidential candidate Andrew (Jon Tenney) and first lady Mellie Grant on Thursday with an eventful hour that shed light not only on their past but one that put their futures in question.
During the episode, someone — presumably Rowan (Joe Morton) — leaks that Andrew may have had a drug problem. With OPA on the case, Olivia realizes that he was covering for Mellie (Bellamy Young). The political thriller again makes the most of its flashbacks and reveals that Mellie retreated physically and emotionally from Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) after his father, Jerry, raped her to the point where she attempted suicide, swallowing the drugs that put Andrew’s political future in question.
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Most fans of Shonda Rhimes’ Scandal will tell you that the illicit relationship between fixer Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and President of the United States Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn) is one of the sexiest, most thrilling, and captivating pairings on television.
But fans of Mellie Grant, the president’s better half on Scandal, might have a slightly different perspective: Olivia and Fitz, in their brazen displays of adultery, show a selfish disregard for everyone around them — particularly Mellie, who has, by necessity, tolerated her husband’s infidelity for years. As played by Bellamy Young, Mellie is a scene-stealing force of nature whose Stepford wife smiles mask political ambition that dwarfs everything else in her life, including her capacity for personal happiness.
“With the pilot, [Rhimes] started in a pinhole, super extreme close-up of just Kerry and Tony, and they were in love, and their love was so perfect, and they’re so clearly meant for each other, and my god, you’re pulling for them,” says Young, flashing a broad, sincere smile. “And then she slowly pulled back, and she gave you, Oh god, it’s adultery. Oh, god, it’s on the world stage. She just kept pulling back like it was a camera shot, and it’s genius, because it makes you question your emotional allegiance. Like, Oh, I’m pulling for what?”
Drama Series Episode – Substance Use
Bones – “The Friend in Need”
Graceland – “Hair of the Dog”
Longmire – “Party’s Over”
Scandal – “Snake in the Garden”
Southland – “Chaos”
Performance in a Drama Series Episode
Michael Cudlitz, Southland
John Francis Daley, Bones
Will Estes, Blue Bloods
Tony Goldwyn, Scandal
Eric McCormack, Perception
aste: The Scandal spring premiere was on the 27th. Were you guys as excited as all of the fans?
Stanchfield: We were! We all met at Jeff Perry’s house [Perry plays Cyrus Beene] to check out the first episode and to prepare for live tweeting. We always try to get together ahead of time. So yeah, we were so excited. We really look forward to live tweeting with everybody.
Paste: So, you were born and raised in Kodiak, Alaska, right?
Stanchfield: I was born in Kodiak, and I was raised in a place called Dutch Harbor out on the Aleutian Islands. There’s a show called the Deadliest Catch on the Discovery Channel. And they film it on Dutch Harbor where I grew up.
Paste: So you have lots of flashbacks when you’re watching the show.
Stanchfield: Oh yeah! My dad was a crab fisherman.
Paste: So how did you get drawn to theatre from that kind of environment?
Stanchfield: (laughs) As a kid, we had one television channel and a sad little roller rink. And there was not much else to do. So I used my imagination all of the time growing up. That’s the main way I played. When we moved and I went to high school, I did my first play and I was completely addicted to theatre. It felt like home; it felt natural. It was really what I’d been doing with my sister and my friends in Alaska.
And then it was just a really slow grind. I went to college and did theatre. After that, I spent about three years in Seattle doing French theater and community theater and sorting it all out. Then I applied to graduate school and got accepted, so I started pursuing my Masters in theatre at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. It’s a pretty prestigious program. They have a great program showcase set up in New York, but after that I decided that I was more of a West Coast girl. When I moved to Los Angeles, I was straight out of grad school, and I didn’t have a single credit to my name. I knew one person in town—another actor whose name is John Billingsley. I just had to audition, and audition and audition. I was plugging away for 15 years. So I earned my stripes!
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Katie was on KTLA this week – check it out HERE