I participated in this Q&A as part of the Disney Studios-hosted A Wrinkle In Time Event.
Bellamy Young isn’t much like her character on Scandal. “I want everybody to be happy all of the time. I would make you all coffee if I could. I would do some back rubbing. Mellie could care less. Spending 16 hours a day as [someone who is] my way or the highway has been very informative.” You might think that after six years of playing the same character, one so different from her real life persona, she’d be ready for a change. Instead, she’s already hoping for a reboot. “We talk about it constantly. We are really pushing a Scandal movie hard.”
The reason she’s not ready to goodbye? The relationships. “We always try to make time [to get together]. It moves fast, and everybody is busy, but those times are the times that come to mind, that fill my heart,” says Bellamy. “I can’t believe if I thought they weren’t going to keep happening.”
Bellamy’s appearance in A Wrinkle In Time is even connected to her work on Scandal. “Ava had directed a second season [episode]. And she called and she just said, ‘Would you like to do two days on this movie?’ And first of all, if she called and said, ‘You want to do two days in my garden?’ I’d be like, ‘Yes, I do, please, I’m bad at planting but I really want to be there.'”
Tonight you can see Bellamy act opposite of Viola Davis in the How To Get Away With Murder/Scandal crossover episode. “The story is so immaculate, it just had to happen,” says Bellamy. If you need to catch up before tonight’s episode, you can stream them online or watch via the ABC app!
“Allow Me to Reintroduce Myself” – In the midst of moving on from the White House, Olivia gets an unexpected visitor in criminal defense attorney Annalise Keating, who seeks her help in fast-tracking a judicial reform class action to the United States Supreme Court. However, after Olivia’s recent fall from political grace, it’s going to be more challenging than ever to get the support they need, on a special, TGIT Crossover Event episode of “Scandal,” airing THURSDAY, MARCH 1 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network.
“SCANDAL” (Thursdays from 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET)
As a staple in the Shonda Rhimes programming block known as “TGIT,” the Washington, D.C. drama follows a political fixer named Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and her team of associates who sacrifice their time, and often their morals, to “handle” unimaginable crises affecting the nation’s elite. Throughout the last six seasons, “Scandal” has used OMG storytelling to explore political culture, gender disparities, sexual politics and race in America.
The seventh and monumental final season of “Scandal” will return with a brand new White House administration that includes Mellie Grant (Bellamy Young) as the first female president of the United States, Cyrus Beane (Jeff Perry) as the vice president, and Olivia Pope as Mellie’s chief of staff. Olivia also doubles as the head of the newly reinstated top secret government agency B6-13, with Jake Ballard (Scott Foley) working by her side. Expectant mother Quinn Perkins (Katie Lowes) is now head of the newly inherited crisis management firm QPA (Quinn Perkins and Associates), with Abby Whelan (Darby Stanchfield) as her right-hand woman, and Huck (Guillermo Diaz) and Charlie (George Newbern) as her dedicated gladiators. Meanwhile, former POTUS Fitzgerald Grant III (Tony Goldwyn) is focused on maintaining his legacy by building his library and foundation with the help of Marcus Walker (Cornelius Smith Jr.). And although Rowan Pope’s (Joe Morton) role reversal with Olivia initially proves to be a struggle, he always has something up his sleeve. David Rosen (Josh Malina) remains the attorney general of the United States.
“Scandal” stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, Guillermo Diaz as Huck, Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan, Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins, Tony Goldwyn as President Fitzgerald Grant, Jeff Perry as Cyrus Beene, Joshua Malina as David Rosen, Bellamy Young as President Mellie Grant, Scott Foley as Jake Ballard, Joe Morton as Rowan Pope, Cornelius Smith Jr. as Marcus Walker and George Newbern as Charlie.
The series is created by Shonda Rhimes (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away with Murder”). Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away with Murder”) and Mark Fish are executive producers. “Scandal” is produced by ABC Studios.