Popular ABC political thriller Scandal made its season three debut last night. Gladiators were hooked from the opening scene. We laughed. We shed a few tears. We gawked in amazement at the twisted relationship shared between Olivia Pope and her father, Rowan Pope. Of course watching the two interact only made us wonder what Mrs. Pope will be like (or would’ve been like) and most of all, who will be cast to play the role. During a recent interview with ESSENCE, the man who brought Mr. Pope to life, Joe Morton, admits that he wouldn’t mind having Phylicia Rashad cast as his TV wife.
“I’d love it to be Phylicia Rashad. That would be terrific. There’s something about Phylicia’s queen-like quality; she’d seem like the kind of person [who’d be Olivia’s mom]. But again, I have no idea who Shonda has in mind,” Joe said.
He also revealed that he has no idea whether not Olivia’s mom will even be revealed this season.
“I don’t know. You know how Shonda Rhimes works. I completely trust her and I think she’s terrific but nobody knows. There have been lots of Tweets and Facebook ideas of who should be mom, where is she, and what happened. But I have no idea.”
Joe adds that Rowan being Olivia Pope’s father was a secret that was pretty difficult to keep.
“When I was first offered the role of Rowan, I asked where is all this going and I was told, literally, the last two lines would be revealing I was Olivia’s father. At that point, I said I’ll take the job, and the next line was, “and of course, you cannot tell anyone. It’s a surprise.” Keeping the surprise was good for me, in terms of the character. Rowan is all about holding on to surprises and being in the dark, so it actually helped me move through and understand who this guy was.”
Do you think Phylicia Rashad would make a good Mrs. Pope?