"To get Josh Malina back, [showrunner] Shonda Rhimes and the Scandal writers put together a different season finale episode where they rewrote the last page so that David Rosen dies at the end. At the beginning of the table read of the season finale, all the writers were totally in on it and they passed out the script and Josh panicked a little then grabbed Bellamy's to look at her final page and saw that it was different. Even just for that split-second of panic, it was pretty scandalous to have the boss be in charge of getting the prankster back. It was amazing. I videoed it, everybody was trying not to watch him look at his script and panic." STORY: 'Scandal's' Kerry Washington on Olivia's Shocking Family Affairs
Tony Goldwyn (Fitz)
"Because we read these scripts cold at the table read, the scene when Olivia says she's leaving Edison and will wait for him and Fitz tells her not to, I almost couldn’t get the words out I was so shocked. I literally couldn't even speak the words I was so shocked at the writing. The other moment was when we all sat down to read episode 219 cold, which was 'Seven Fifty Two.' Everyone was in tears; we almost couldn't get through it because we couldn't believe what happened."
"My most scandalous moment this season was getting in the shower with Tony Goldwyn. That was a first for me and was pretty unnerving. But we have the best cast and crew in the world, so now my only complaint is that Tony Goldwyn sets a pretty high bar for any accompanied-showering that may be in my future."
"In the midst of shooting the five-and-a-half-page naked fight scene with Jeff Perry -- for which the cast as a joke made wrestling-type posters and fight tickets -- Jeff and I had to strip down to nothing but our crotch socks, which in one screaming moment flew off along with the other clothes and we just had to chalk it up to trying to create a greater sense of 'reality'!"
"My most scandalous moment was when Josh Malina and I were shooting a David/Abby scene in which Abby breaks into David's place and when he arrives home, without a word, she slaps him twice, shoves three fingers into his mouth and then has her way with him before leaving abruptly. If that scene wasn't scandalous enough to shoot, during one take, I didn't feel like the second slap was nearly hard enough, so I spontaneously whacked him across the jaw a third time for good measure. Josh Malina's look to me redefined the word scandalous!"
"Doing Jake and Olivia love scenes with Tony Goldwyn directing. Tony's been directing for years and knows what he's doing. It's hard for me as an actor playing a character who's in direct opposition to his character to trust that his direction is not going to be biased by his feeling as the character as he plays!"
"I always assume the worst when a call comes in late at night, let alone from one of the producers of the show, so this was hands down the most scandalous moment for me last season. I get a call at like midnight from someone claiming to be an assistant telling me it was urgent that I get in touch with EP Betsy Beers and she's been trying to track me down for hours. I email her immediately and stay up all night pacing, wondering what I could have possibly done wrong. Betsy didn't even see my emails until the next day since it was so late and was wondering what I was talking about. After some OPA-type investigation, we find out that Josh Malina was the one who called me! He used some voice-changing software on his phone to disguise his voice as a woman. Oh man, I didn’t sleep a wink that night! He got me so good."
"Drilled it -- in the season finale. I had to torture Billy Chambers with a drill. Matt Lescher was in a little nude banana hammock and I'm drilling right by his, you know. It was scandalous all around. The owner of the house we shot the scene in kept running in and saying, 'Everyone on the block can hear you screaming.' "
"The most scandalous moment for me was when Huck was being water boarded and I had to be naked the whole day! (Laughs) The whole crew -- 30-plus people -- was watching. I felt really vulnerable. I had a sock and a robe, but there were certain shots when I couldn't wear the sock and most of the time I had to be completely naked. Between takes, everyone was really respectful. Once you're in it and after a few takes, you don't care anymore. Huck is in such a vulnerable and delicate state in those scenes that it's OK -- everything I was feeling worked for the scene and the character. It was all good."
"It's very unsophisticated but my parting shot came on the last day of production, knowing that Guillermo and Katie were going to leave for Israel. I was wrapped right before them and put toothpaste on the inside of the handles of their trailers and shaving cream on handles of Katie's car. I got an email from Israel: 'F--- you!' "
Therapy? Yep, the 'Still Alice' star has had plenty. And now, today, the onetime outsider is a five-time Oscar nominee who also believes in family and the ability to control her own fate: "I've completely created my own life. Structure, it's all imposed." Watch video