Khandi Alexander to play Olivia Pope’s mother on ‘Scandal’
Shondaland has cast Olivia Pope’s mama! S2S had our own ideas about who could handle the role, but Khadi Alexander snagged the part (and we’re not mad at the decision)! “Scandal” fans will supposedly get their first glimpse of Olivia’s mom, Maya Lewis, on tonight’s episode and she’ll be seen in flashbacks.
Tony Goldwyn, who plays President Fitzgerald Grant, told The Hollywood Reporter that Olivia will rightfully be devastated by the new discovery that her father had a major hand in plotting Maya’s death.
“You can only imagine what that would be like to find out that your mother did not die in the way that you thought she died, in terms of it being a willful act. It’s surreal for Olivia,” said Tony. “The audience can imagine what that must be like to find out that your mother was murdered along with hundreds of other people. So the fact that her father was behind it is incomprehensible.”
Check out Khandi’s first appearance tonight when “Scandal” airs on 10 p.m. on ABC!