This Actress Will Play Olivia Pope’s Mom On “Scandal”

November 6, 2013  |  

You may recognize this woman’s face but might not necessarily know her by name. But allow me to reintroduce you all. This is Khandi Alexander. No this is not  Phylicia Rashad or Angela Bassett but Alexander is an accomplished actress in her own right.

Alexander has been working in the business for consistently since the mid ’80’s. She’s been in quite a few popular movies and television series but I placed her as Simone in Poetic Justice. She was also in Menace II Society and What’s Love Got To Do With It? As far as television work, she was in popular series like “The Corner,” “ER,” “CSI,” and most recently “Treme.”

In addition to her acting resume, her IMDB page says she also choreographed Whitney Houston’s tours back in the day.

According to Shadow and Act, her role as Maya Lewis, Olivia Pope’s mom, on “Scandal” will be a recurring one.


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