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Shonda Rhimes Talks Casting Kerry Washington as 'Scandal's Olivia Pope: 'I Knew I Wanted Kerry'

Shonda Rhimes and the cast of Scandal celebrated the series finale of their hit ABC show on Thursday night (April 19) with a special appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Stars Kerry Washington, Guillermo Diaz, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Tony Goldwyn, Jeff Perry, Joshua Malina, Bellamy Young, Scott Foley, Joe Morton, Cornelius Smith Jr. and George Newbern were all in attendance.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Scandal

Kerry and Shonda came out first, and recalled how casting her as Olivia Pope went down: “I remember you first coming in,” Shonda said on the show, turning to Kerry. “Kerry first came in, and I had been meeting like all of these actresses.”

“Everybody wanted this part,’ Kerry added. “But you came in and it was amazing!” said Shonda. ‘It was literally like two seconds in, you started talking about politics and I knew I wanted Kerry for the part.”

Shonda also reveals that, yes, she knows what that ending means, and no, she’s never telling. “I get one last thing to say is a spoiler that I get to hold onto ’til the end of my life,” Shonda said – Watch all the videos below!


Shonda Rhimes on Casting Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope

FYI: Kerry is wearing a Johanna Ortiz dress.

Click inside to watch the rest of the Scandal’s cast appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live…More Here! »

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Kerry Washington & 'Scandal' Cast Read the Series Finale for a Live Audience!

Kerry Washington walks the carpet while attending the live stage reading of the Scandal series finale on Thursday (April 19) at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.

The Emmy-nominated actress was joined at the event by co-stars Tony Goldwyn, Bellamy Young, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Guillermo Diaz, Joe Morton, Joshua Malina, Jeff Perry, George Newbern, Cornelius Smith Jr., and executive producers Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, and Tom Verica.

Make sure to read our full recap of the series finale and also find out Kerry‘s reaction to the final moment of the episode.

FYI: Kerry is wearing Giuseppe Zanotti shoes and Established earrings. Bellamy is wearing a Winonah jumpsuit. Darby is wearing a Maria Lucia Hohan dress.

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Bradley Cooper & Robert De Niro Buddy Up for Legacy of Changing Lives Dinner

Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro pose for photos as they hang out at the A Legacy of Changing Lives Dinner on Tuesday night (March 13) at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.

The actors – who starred in Silver Linings Playbook and Joy together – were the two special guests at the event honoring individuals’ contributions in empowering students’ educations.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Bradley Cooper

The hosts for the night were The Fosters stars Teri Polo and Sherri Saum while guests included Darby Stanchfield, Rita Wilson, and Raven Symone.

20+ pictures inside of the stars at the event…More Here! »

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Kerry Washington Goes Sexy in Leather for Vanity Fair's Oscars Party!

Kerry Washington strikes a fierce pose as she arrives at the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday night (March 4) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The 41-year-old Scandal star rocked a sexy mini-leather dress with thigh-high leather boots as she was joined at the party by fellow Shondaland star Ellen Pompeo – who showed off some skin in a bold jumpsuit – and husband Chris Ivery.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Kerry Washington

Joining the ladies at the Vanity Fair party included Kerry‘s on-screen love interest Tony Goldwyn and former co-star Dan Bucatisnky.

Across town, fellow Scandal stars Bellamy Young and Darby Stanchfield buddied up at the 2018 Elton John AIDS Foundation’s Academy Awards Viewing Party!

FYI: Kerry is wearing an Alexandre Vauthier dress, Casadei boots, and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry. Ellen is wearing an Azzaro jumpsuit, Christian Louboutin shoes, Fallon jewelry, and a Jimmy Choo clutch. Bellamy is wearing a Stephane Rolland Haute Couture dress, Meria T jewelry, and Rene Caovilla shoes. Darby is wearing a Teresa Helbig dress. Tony is wearing Brooks Brothers.

15+ pictures inside of the stars arriving at the parties…More Here! »

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Mindy Kaling, Tessa Thompson, Danai Gurira & More Kick Off Oscars Week at Vanity Fair's Women in Hollywood Soiree!

Mindy Kaling, Tessa Thompson and Danai Gurira strike a pose while celebrating with Belvedere Vodka at Vanity Fair & Lancome Paris’s Toast Women in Hollywood as part of 2018 Oscars Week held on Thursday (March 1) in West Hollywood, Calif.

The three ladies were joined at the event by January Jones, Connie Britton, Zoe Kravitz, hostesses Rashida Jones and Ava DuVernay, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kelly Marie Tran, Angela Sarafyan, Aubrey Plaza, Bellamy Young, Darby Stanchfield, Chelsea Handler, Katie Aselton, The Big Sick‘s Emily V. Gordon and her husband Kumail Nanjiani.

Also in attendance were Pom Klementieff, Jackie Tohn, Heather Graham, Madeline Brewer, Betty Gabriel, Caitlyn Jenner, Andrea Riseborough, Kelly Rohrbach, Gaby Hoffman, Garcelle Beauvais, Alessandra Ambrosio, Rita Wilson, Judith Light, Portia Doubleday, Alia Shawkat, Selma Blair, Betty Gabriel, Padma Lakshmi and Catt Sadler.

FYI: Tessa is wearing an Alberta Ferretti ensemble and an Adeam bag. Mindy is wearing a Sachin & Babi dress with Monica Vinader and Jennifer Meyer jewelry. Ava is wearing an Etro dress and Jimmy Choo clutch. Tracee is wearing a Christian Dior ensemble and Malone Souliers shoes. Danai is wearing a Cushnie et Ochs dress and Giuseppe Zanotti shoes. Aubrey is wearing Michael Kors Collection. Angela is wearing Harry Kotlar diamond studs and ring. Madeline is wearing a Cushnie et Ochs dress and Stella Luna shoes. Portia is wearing Osman.

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