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Sandra Oh Reveals Why Shonda Rhimes Turned Her Down for the Role of Olivia Pope on 'Scandal'

Sandra Oh Reveals Why Shonda Rhimes Turned Her Down for the Role of Olivia Pope on 'Scandal'

Kerry Washington and Sandra Oh are talking Scandal!

The 43-year-old Scandal actress and the 48-year-old Killing Eve actress sat down for Variety‘s Actors on Actors series.

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During their conversation, Sandra revealed why Shonda Rhimes turned her down for the role of Olivia Pope on the hit series, which went to Kerry.

“I’ve got to tell you, I remember exactly where I was when I read that damn pilot,” Sandra revealed.

“Really?” Kerry asked.

“Oh yeah. I was on Grey’s. We were on stage five. Someone snuck it to me, I don’t know who it was, but I got my hands on that pilot and I read it and I was just like, ‘How could I play Olivia Pope?’” Sandra continued.

“Oh, for sure!” Kerry added.

“I remember going to Shonda, and it’s like, ‘How could I do this? What is this script? Could I do this too?’ She goes, ‘No, you’ve got to play Cristina Yang!’” Sandra explained.

Sandra also revealed her own theory about this Killing Eve finale…

Watch Sandra Oh and Kerry Washington have a discussion inside…

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