The cast of "Scandal" celebrated the show's first anniversary earlier this month with star Tony Goldwyn directing an episode of the series titled "A Woman Scorned."
It was the first episode of the series that Goldwyn had a chance to direct and it is set to air on May 2. OTRC.com correspondent Tony Cabrera talked to Goldwyn and his fellow cast members about his time in the director's chair and what it is like for them to learn the show's latest plot twists.
Kerry Washington stars in "Scandal" as Olivia Pope, the head of a crisis management firm in Washington, D.C., who is a professional "fixer" for high-profile clients like politicians. Pope is a former White House Communications Director who left her post because of her on-and-off-again affair with President Fitzgerald Grant (Goldwyn).
Goldwyn has directed several episodes of "Dexter," "Justified" and "Grey's Anatomy" as well as feature films like "Someone Like You" and "Conviction."
"I've never directed something that I've been an intimate part of the company already," Goldwyn told OTRC.com earlier this month on a visit to the set of the series. "I mean, it's one thing to direct a movie where you're kind of generating it from the beginning or to come in and guest direct on a television show, and I've done both of those things, but this is a totally unique experience to have acted for at least two years with this group of amazing people and then to come in and just switch hats and approach it from a different angle has been really, really fun."
The upcoming episode has a lot at stake for President Grant. (SPOILER ALERT) His wife Mellie (Bellamy Young) has given his character an ultimatum to choose between her or Olivia.
"It's fun to direct myself. I just tell myself I'm fantastic," Goldwyn joked. "No, no, It's really fun because it's a very intimate experience with the other actors. You can just kind of talk quietly amongst yourselves and when you're directing the entire thing, you have overview of the whole story, so it's actually quite easy to know what the right direction to go is as an actor."
Goldwyn also said he had a lot of support from the cast and crew as well. Katie Lowes, who plays Quinn Perkins on the series, admitted she felt a little nervous acting in front of her co-star as a director.
"I was nervous. I was like, 'Oh god, I hope he doesn't think I suck. I hope he thinks I'm good.' So I was really, really extra careful memorizing my lines because I didn't want to flub in front of Tony Goldwyn," she said.
When asked how Goldwyn was as a director, Kerry Washington joked, "Don't tell him I said this but Tony's a really tough director, it's really hard on us. We haven't eaten in three days. Someone save us. We're not allowed to drink water, he yells, he's awful ... just kidding!"
"Tony's a dream, on camera and off," she added. "It's not fair, I wish he had flaws."
Goldwyn also talked about being excited about reading the show's scripts and learning the latest plot twists.
"We [the actors] never know anything that's going to happen next," he said. He later added, "We like it that way. We all have been reading the episodes with each other together and every time our jaws just drop."
"All I can say is, the past few episodes have been absolutely shocking in the plot moves and I'm told that the ones coming up are, you know, even more," he said. "So I'm a little scared. Hopefully Fitz won't get assassinated for real this time."
"Scandal" airs on Thursdays at 10 p.m. on ABC.
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Reporting by Tony Cabrera, correspondent for KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).