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Kerry Washington talks Olivia Pope, slavery and politics
Kerry Washington plays Olivia Pope and Tony Goldwyn plays President Fitzgerald Grant on "Scandal."
September 27th, 2012
09:00 AM ET

Kerry Washington talks Olivia Pope, slavery and politics

By Lisa Respers France, CNN

(CNN) – Kerry Washington knows you have been waiting.

The star of the hit ABC series "Scandal" is fully aware that there is a legion of "gladiators in suits" (as fans call themselves) eagerly awaiting the return of the series. She, too, is pretty excited to be back playing Washington, D.C. insider and crisis management expert Olivia Pope. Pope is a "fixer" who formerly worked for her lover, Republican President Fitzgerald Grant.

When told that there are many women who try to emulate both Pope's sense of fashion and take-charge personality, Washington laughs.

"I do, too," she said.

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The series ended its first season with the revelation that the character Quinn Perkins, an employee of Pope's (and played by Katie Lowes), was not actually Quinn Perkins.

Perkins calls Pope after she is jailed for the murder of her boyfriend, a reporter who was digging into the secrets of President Grant's administration.

Did we mention that said president also happens to be in love with Pope?

Season 2 answers the "Who is Quinn" question in the first episode, but Washington said there will be plenty of other surprises and mystery this season that even she isn't sure about.

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  1. Emrah

    The question of your reigoiln is OPTIONAL, the rest of the answers are compulsory.Far better to protest to your MP about the Government paying Lockheed a3150m to carry out some of the Census work. Far better to protest about it being the last Census carried out in this manner. Far better to protest that an incomplete and badly completed Census would directly affect local services.

    October 13, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Krandal

    Dude, I LOVED her in "Scrubs".

    October 1, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. Pat

    Kerry can open up for me any time!

    October 1, 2012 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. Negress

    So, you didn't know Ms. Washington publicly supported the President during his 1st election bid? What rock where you hiding under?

    October 1, 2012 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. Deena

    That is one gorgeous dress.

    September 29, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tim

    Just another hate mongering liberal.

    September 29, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kathy

    Grow up Rebekah...actors like everyone else have opions also, just like the guy with the "chair" during the RNC.

    September 28, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joe User

    OMG! Republicans want to take away women's right to vote and access to Health Care and equal pay. She is an awesome actress because no one could easily say all that garbage with a straight face if they weren't.

    September 27, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rebekah

      I was soooo into this show. It was my favorite. The plot is so unique, the characters are developed and interesting....then came the DNC. I was so disappointed to see Kerry Washington spewing her hate. I finally find a show I like, and the actors have to ruin it. Why can't Hollywood just shut up and act? We really don't want to hear what they think about politics. Maybe I'll check out Revenge....

      September 28, 2012 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
      • Sadie

        Well, first of all, stop spreading lies on the internet that she spewed hate. She did not, and I was watching to know she did not. African Americans do not have to speak, live and walk in your light to be accepted by you. If you desire to only shop or go to school, etc., where folks like you think and live, then you will end up staying in the house. Your dismissal of a great show based on one American actor's support of the president of the US is quite telling of you.

        September 28, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
      • Michelle

        Maybe...because they are real people FIRST with opinions and politics affects them as well. Do we live in a democracy or what? But I forgot it's okay for "some" people to have an opinion and vocalize while others should "know their place" since they have a "good job" and remain quiet.

        September 28, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
      • Regina

        What hate would you be referring to???? Kerry was doing what others were doing at the DNC and the RNC......and that would be voicing her political opinion, which has nothing to do with her television show. If you in fact DO like the show, continue to watch it for the fine acting, story line, etc, not based on the political party of the actors, keep the two separate and you will do just fine!!!

        September 28, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bob Lewis

        I'm a Democrat. Clint Eastwood's an old fool babbling to empty chairs and I still like his stuff. Kelsey Grammer's a hard core Republican and I love "Boss." Grow up.

        September 28, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • hannah01

        So her occupation happens to be 'actor,' therefore she shouldn't be allowed to voice her opinions regarding her political views?? This isn't North Korea, little girl.

        September 30, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Donald in CA

    Smart, talented, political savvy and A-1 beautiful. Enough said.

    September 27, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Nathan

    Lisa Respers France is the best thing to ever happen to CNN. She is awesome and should be on tv. And deserves a raise.

    September 27, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob Lewis

      OK, Lisa, we get the point. Now go back to work.

      September 27, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |