16 Facts About The Cast Of 'Scandal' That Might Have Them Scrambling For Damage Control
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16 Facts About The Cast Of 'Scandal' That Might Have Them Scrambling For Damage Control

By Joanna Robinson | Seriously Random Lists | October 28, 2013 | Comments ()

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1. The lovely Darby Stanchfield who plays Abby (and whose hair has gone to 11 this season) was possibly best known for playing Betty Draper’s mildly judgmental neighbor and mother of creepy Glen. She once dared to insinuate that Betty shouldn’t give locks of her hair to that creep little creep and for her trouble got slapped, for all the world to see, in the produce aisle.

2. Most folks already know this, but Tony Goldwyn is one of the Goldwyns. As in Metro Goldwyn Mayer. His grandfather was Samuel Goldwyn. If you look closely, you can see the family resemblance. It’s in the hair.


3. Colombus Short, a well-known choreographer, dropped out of high school to join the Broadway tour of Stomp. You know, the dance show with the cans and the brooms. (That’s not him in this picture.)


4. Guillermo Diaz aka Huck looks amazing in a crop top. Here he is in drag in the 1995 film Stonewall.


5. The First Lady herself, Bellamy Young, once played a lawyer on a Season 8 (aka Mulder-less Season) episode of The X-Files.

The episode, entitled “Redrum,” also featured Mr. Pope, Joe Morton.

6. Baby Kerry Washington was pretty much the cutest thing on the planet.

7. Most people know that Josh Malina owes much of his success to Aaron Sorkin, having gotten his biggest TV breakthroughs in Sports Night and The West Wing. But Malina’s very first role was also for Sorkin in the stage production of A Few Good Men. Sorkin went to school with Malina’s cousins and not only gave him a role in the play, but also a bit part in the film adaptation. That’s him looking quite sharp and “sir, yes, sir”-ing Jack Nicholson.
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8. Malina is related by marriage to another Sorkin Regular, Tim Busfield. Or, was, Busfield has since divorced his wife, Malina’s sister-in-law.

9. Speaking of strange bedfellows, the president’s chief of staff, Jeff Perry was married to actress Laurie Metcalf of Roseanne fame. Thye have a daughter together.
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10. Metcalf and Perry are both founding members of the famous Chicago Steppenworlf Theater. That’s Perry in front and co-founders John Malkovich, Gary Sinise and Laurie Metcalf in the back on the left. Jeff Perryis still quite active in the theater and originated the Ewan McGregor role in the stage production of August Osage County.

11. Though he did look amazing in that crop top, Guillermo Diaz is, of course, far more famous from his role in Half Baked.

He paid homage to that role many years later in the Britney Spears video “I Wanna Go.”

12. Speaking of Britney Spears, Colombus Short used his skills as a choreographer in her Onyx Hotel Tour, meaning he is responsible for this amazing boob grab/jazz hands hybrid gesture.

13. But best of all, Colombus Short did time on That’s So Raven as part of a fictional boy band called Boyz N Motion. His co-fictional-boy-bander? Ryan Hansen aka Dick Casablancas.

14. Tony Goldwyn has a number of well-known credits to his name (Ghost, the voice of Tarzan), but my favorite has to be his guest role on Designing Women as Kendall Dobbs, a young man with AIDS who asks for help designing his funeral. Kendall Dobbs is only the second major character with AIDS to have appeared on television (the first being Aidan Quinn’s character in An Early Frost)and his appearance was not only historically significant, but prompted on the best Julia Sugarbaker rants of all time.

15. The lovely Kerry Washington (along with TJ Miller) was a co-host of the 1996 PBS sketch comedy-style educational series Standard Deviants. Here she is teaching Spanish at the 50 second mark.

16. Finally, I’ve saved the best for last. That would be Scott Foley. No, not in Dawson’s Creek. Not in Felicity. Not married to Jennifer Garner. No this is Scott Foley on Sweet Valley High in the most amazing flowy hippie pants you ever did see.

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You have to see them in motion to get the full insufferable early 90s tree hugger effect. He starts flowin’ at around the 1:50 mark. Enjoy. Never forget what you’ve seen here today.

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  • e jerry powell

    Diaz was also an adorable stoner alongside pre-op Alexis Arquette, Tuc Watkins, Marni Nixon, and Lauren Velez in the gay indie I Think I Do a bajillion years ago.

  • e jerry powell

    I keep wanting Shonda to re-"pair" Perry and Metcalf again the way she did a couple of season back on "Grey's." I don't remember them having any scenes together, but that's the last time that the two of them were on the same episode of a show.

  • Cyrus is also married to the casting director of Scandal, in real life.

  • e jerry powell

    Casting director of a lot of things, actually, but she's spent the last several years working for Shonda on Scandal, Grey's, Off the Map and Private Practice, not to mention a bit of Friday Night Lights (which means not-so-little working with Texas-based casting agents in the Austin area).

  • Jifaner

    Hot damn I love Julia Sugarbaker. I need to see if Designing Women is on Netflix or something. It's been too long since I had a marathon.

  • The Mulder-less episodes of the X-Files were always the lamest ones. They stayed on the air about two seasons too long.

    Yes, out that whole post, that was my take-away.

  • Kathie Murphy

    Thanks Joanna! That was fabulous! My fav is the pic of the Chicago Steppenworlf Theater group. It took me a few minutes to find those four even though you stated where they were. They were so young!

  • Sally55

    That's Joan Allen next to Laurie Metcalf in the Steppenwolf photo.

  • Three_nineteen

    Dr. Bobby Caldwell, played by Mark Harmon, was part of the ensemble cast of St. Elsewhere. He contracted AIDS in the spring of 1986, well over a year before Kendall Dobbs. Bobby was straight, though. IIRC, he did contract the virus through heterosexual sex. He stayed on the show for the rest of the season, five months or so.

  • I hope you meant to say that Tony Goldwyn resembled the lion...too late, I can't unsee it now. And there is always time for a good ol' Sugarbaker rant. Also, I watched that show way too much for a grade school kid (even for a Georgia boy).

    Dammit, now I can't see Kerry Washington as anything but a carbon copy of my grandniece. There goes three years of lust right out the damn wind...oh, helloooo Bellamy Young and your Chin of Sexy, how YOU doin'?

    Colombus Short is magic. I am still amazed The Losers doesn't get much love around here, seeing how many Pajiba favorites it features (and it being all kinds of fun).

  • I believe Guillermo was also a (minor?) drug lord on Weeds. I think Nancy did a strip tease for him. This was around the start of the How Will Nancy Fuck Her Way Out of This One? mode of the show.

  • e jerry powell

    Mostly a henchman for Esteban and Pilar. Nancy kept thinking she had Guillermo under her thumb after he burned down all the fields of pot outside of Agrestic/Majestic (where Nancy had mostly been fucking that smarmy Matthew Modine character), but of course, Nancy always thought she was playing above her actual ability, and Guillermo played her like a violin, even while he was in prison.

  • Guest

    IIRC, Bellamy Young I recognized from that old 80's TV show Models Inc.

  • Jifaner

    I thought so too, but not according to IMDB. Weird. It's also where I first encountered Carrie-Ann Moss. Bellamy Young is also on Criminal Minds, though.

  • I keep scrolling back up to be impressed by Guillermo Diaz in drag. It's mesmerizing.

  • Legally Insignificant

    Malkovich with hair is terrifying.

  • linnyloo

    My dad hung out with the Steppenwolf crew in the 70's in Chicago and was in a few plays with Malkovich in college. Apparently, he used to be called "mumbles".

  • e jerry powell

    Which made him kind of right for his time in Burn This.

    Alas, another fucking awesome play I'll never get cast in.

  • Bedewcrock

    Also loved Guillermo Diaz in Party Girl!

  • Dude used to be pretty hot, I wonder what happened?

  • e jerry powell

    Looking at his career, it's mostly been a matter of method weight-shifting. He's about medium-weight most of the time. When he was playing Becki Newton's gay bestie on "Love Bites" a couple of years ago, he was quite full-figured. Right now, he's still what Jack McFarland would call "gay fat," but Diaz is with a serious boyfriend now, so it's like, whatever.

  • He's gay?

    I really do learn something new everyday.

  • e jerry powell

    And Jasika Nicole, who plays Huck's wife, is "a queer woman of color."

  • BizzyBzz

    Mr. Katimski was married to Aunt Jackie?!?! That is amazing. I'm sad they're no longer.

  • Genevieve Burgess

    I need a storyline where Harrison works a case by going undercover as a ballroom dance instructor/jazz dance instructor/ANY dance instructor IMMEDIATELY.

    Whatever, it doesn't even have to be plot related, just give me a five minute Columbus Short dance break per episode and I'll keep watching no matter what. Mellie runs for President? Olivia and Fitz get married in the Caribbean? The Gladiators in Space? Just give me the dancing and I'll be ok with all of it.

  • e jerry powell

    You just like looking at all the GIFS that have been circulating since last Thursday of Harrison doing his little booty dance at OPA.


  • Genevieve Burgess

    How can you not like looking at those gifs? It's just tragic that all we have are those few stolen seconds.

  • e jerry powell

    I don't know how appropriate a musical episode would be, but it is Shonda Rhimes we're talking about, so anything is possible.

  • pajiba

    This was awesome: "Jeff Perry was married to actress Laurie Metcalf," until the "was," and now I'm sad.

  • e jerry powell

    Yes, but now he's married to Shonda's primary casting director. It's all good.


  • Their daughter looks like a Photoshop combination of them, doesn't she?

  • LaineyBobainey

    Their daughter looks very familiar - is she also an actress?

    *Edited to add that yes, I could probably look that up myself, but I'm BUSY looking at that picture of Tony Goldwyn, so, yeah, can't.

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