Olivia Pope Almost Wasn’t Black & Other ‘Scandal’ Secrets You Never Knew Just In Time For The 100th Episode

Scandal is now six seasons in and 100 episodes deep.

Five years later, the hit ABC drama with Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope at the center is about to show us a side of the series that we have never seen before. For the 100th episode, we will look at an alternative universe where Olivia never helped rig Fitz’s Presidential election. We’re not sure what this means for Olitz’s relationship, but we imagine that Fitz would be pretty useless to Olivia without the Oval. But then again, perhaps we are just pessimistic. Still, these aren’t the only revelations we’re getting from Scandal this week.

In celebration of Scandal 100, creator Shonda Rhimes and the cast sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to reveal some behind the scenes secrets that we never knew. You won’t believe some of this.

1. Olivia Pope almost wasn’t played by a Black actress.

ABC desperately wanted the part to go to Connie Britton, but Shonda Rhimes was having none of it. Rhimes wanted to honor real-life fixer Judy Smith who was the inspiration behind the character; so she demanded a Black actress.

2. Kerry Washington was not the only actress up for the role.

Every Black actress in Hollywood turned up for the casting call, and before Washington was named Oliva Pope, Jill Scott and Anika Noni Rose were also seriously considered.

3. Olitz wasn’t even supposed to be a factor on the show.

Scandal was supposed to be all about Olivia Pope, but that didn’t exactly go as planned. By the way, no one wanted to play Fitzgerald Grant III because he wasn’t the lead. Tony Goldwin was offered the role after he wasn’t cast in another ABC series.

4. Mellie (Bellamy Young) was only supposed to be in three episodes of Scandal.

Fitz was supposed to divorce her right away, but Rhimes adored the character, so she stayed.

5. Scott Foley was originally offered the role of Stephen (the guy that Henry Ian Cusick played in season one).

Though Rhimes wrote the role with Foley in mind, ABC was not sold. Later, Rhimes was able to offer Foley the role of Jake.

6. Darby Stanchfield who plays Abby was the very last person to be cast in the series.

Her character was also supposed to be 10-15 years younger.

7. Shonda Rhimes entertained the idea of a B613 spin-off.

But obviously, it never happened.

The 100th episode of Scandal, “The Decision” airs Thursday, April 13th at 9 PM ET on ABC. Are you ready?