Sandra Oh Wanted To Play Olivia Pope On “Scandal”
Actress Sandra Oh recently revealed to Kerry Washington that she wanted to play the role of Olivia Pope on “Scandal”. Recalling the story to Kerry Washington, who ultimately played the role, Sandra Oh shared that she loved the role after reading the pilot.
When news got out that Shonda Rimes had a new drama coming to ABC about a White House crisis manager every actress from Taraji P. Henson to Gabrielle Union were vying for the role.
Kerry Washington played Olivia Pope all 7 seasons of the hit series and earned Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for best actress.
Sandra Oh, who at the time was starring in Shonda Rhimes’ other show “Grey’s Anatomy”, didn’t recall who slid her the script, but remembers immediately wanting to play the lead role. She states:
“I’ve got to tell you, I remember exactly where I was when I read that damn pilot, 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 Oh describes approaching Shonda Rhimes about the role:
“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!'”
Kerry Washington comically responded:
“You have a job girl!”
Sandra Oh closed out the conversation saying how excited she was for Kerry Washington getting the role:
“But I also feel like it’s so wonderful and rare when you get in your hands something that you know is electric, that you can feel,” Oh said. “I’m so glad it was you.”
Sandra Oh currently stars in “Killing Eve” as the lead Eve Polastri and voices Castaspella in the animated series “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power”.
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