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SCANDAL: Katie Lowes and Guillermo Diaz Talk the Huck/Quinn Relationship in the Torture Aftermath

In * By Tiffany Vogt, * Interviews, * TV Addict, Scandal on December 12, 2013 at 12:00 pm


Right smack in the middle of its third season, ABC’s political drama SCANDAL took a deeper look into the murky spy world that Olivia Pope’s father runs.  B13 is not just creating, trapping, blackmailing and coercing people into doing its dirty work, it also keeps them locked up for decades if it suits their purposes.  Watching Olivia’s mother Maya working with OPA to find the perfect escape out of the country was trepidatious and stomach-churching.  But for long-time fans, the real story was what was going on with Huck (Guillermo Diaz) and Quinn (Katie Lowes).

With Huck discovering that Quinn was working with B13, he was not about to go easy on her to find out what she knew and what she was doing that could hurt those he loves.  Not for one second did we ever believe that Huck could truly hurt Quinn, but within just a few minutes of the episode opening, we knew that presumption was wrong.  Two teeth later, blood on the floor and Quinn a sobbing, terrified mess, our worlds were shattered.  In the SCANDAL-world, this simply should not be happening.  Even Charlie (George Newbern) was flabbergasted to find Quinn tied up, naked, and bleeding all from Huck’s hands. That episode was a turning point.  We would never look at Huckleberry Quinn the same again.  They were no longer mentor-mentee, BFF’s or even co-workers.  A line had been crossed and trust and hearts everywhere was shattered.

In an exclusive interview, co-stars Katie Lowes and Guillermo Diaz recounted filming that arduous torture scene and what lies ahead for Huck and Quinn in the aftermath.

Revisiting last week’s really incredibly emotional episode “Yolo,” maybe you could talk about what it was like to actually film those intense scenes together.
GUILLERMO:  It was crazy.  It was incredibly exciting, but very strange at the same time.  We both feel very close to each other as people, so I think it made shooting those scenes a lot easier.  I was really up close and I was straddling Katie at one point during those scenes.
KATIE:  Oh my god, that’s right.  I forgot about that.
GUILLERMO:  And we both just really went for it and felt really comfortable with each other.  We just jumped in and did our best and I think it showed.
KATIE:  It was like one day where we shot all the scenes on Halloween.  I think Guillermo and I felt like a mix of being nervous and scared that we had to go to these really dark places, and at the same time, excited and honored and exhilarated that we had the opportunity because of Shonda [Rhimes] and the writers that we get to go to these dark places.  It’s always like a mixed bag.  But we trust each other so much and I knew that Guillermo doesn’t act without bringing his A-game.  That’s just who he is.  So I thought I’d better bring my sh*t.  I’d better bring my stuff.  I think we going at 150% from the first take on, and in between each take, Guillermo’s like, “Are you okay? Are you okay?” And I’m like, “I’m fine. I’m fine. Let’s go again.”  It was just so magical.  We had just the utmost respect from the director Oliver Bokelberg and the whole crew — the camera department especially.  These guys were so up close and personal with the cameras and I’m lying there naked and sweating, and Guillermo’s licking my face and there’s tears everywhere.  So we were just in a mixture of tears and blood and it’s all these guys going through this journey with us.  I think we ended that day closer than when we started.

It was powerful to watch, but we were perhaps more shocked that the show was willing to go there with two beloved characters.
KATIE:  And how great is that?!  When we first read the episode, I was like, “Oh my god. They are going there.  They are not afraid. They are going there.”  I think that in itself is such a testament to the success that is SCANDAL.  They are just not afraid.  They will go wherever they want to go.  It’s so remarkable to be a part of.
At this point are Quinn and Huck friends, frenemies, or are they at the all out war stage?
GUILLERMO:  They are definitely not friends right now.  I think it is going to be interesting to see how Shonda plays this relationship out.  We can tease that in the next episode, the winter finale, there’s a scene between Huck and Quinn and you’re kind of going to see where both their heads are at and get a feel for how they feel for each other.  But there’s certainly a disconnect between them now for sure.

It seems like they may be tentatively working together to bring down Papa Pope (Joe Morton).  Is that more than we should be reading into it, or is that possibly a big plan that they have in the works?
KATIE:  I think that’s intentional, that you can be thinking that is a possibility.  But, of course, in Shonda-land nothing is like what it seems.  But in the winter finale you will be seeing where Quinn’s loyalty lies, who she is working for, and also Huck too.  You’ll see who he is going after as well.  And that will all play out and be a big part of that episode.

Quinn and Huck seems so fragmented and damaged right now.  Is there hope for both their sanity, or will they spiral out more?
GUILLERMO:  (Laughs)  I have a feeling you’re going to see them spiral out more.
KATIE:  Me too! Especially now that we’re going to do eight episodes [for the rest of the season].  You just know that they are going to be jam-packed and like balls-to-the-wall.

Are we going to see either of them pursue therapy of any kind?
GUILLERMO:  We have no idea.  We don’t get any advance notice as to what’s happening in the upcoming episodes. We honestly don’t even know.  I would hope they would get some kind of therapy, but I doubt that’s going to happen.

Could you see either one of them in a therapist’s chair or would they find a more aggressive way to get through their problems?
GUILLERMO:  I don’t think I could see Huck in a therapist’s chair.
KATIE:  Not Quinn either.  The closest we’ve got to therapy is AA [Alcoholics Anonymous].
GUILLERMO:  Exactly!  And watching random families.
KATIE:  (Laughs) Stalking families.

So who is going to be their emotional touch-stones at this point.  They kind of had each other, but now they don’t seem to.  Who are they going to turn to for that kind of emotional support?
GUILLERMO:  For Huck, I think Huck always turns to Olivia (Kerry Washington).  So I think he’s going to return to Olivia with his head kind of bowed down.  Like when a dog does something really bad that he shouldn’t of done, he kind of gives you those puppy-dog eyes and keeps his head really low like, “I’m really sorry I did that.”   I think that’s how he’s going to be with Olivia.
KATIE:  And I think Quinn will look to Charlie (George Newbern).

Is Quinn actually going to trust Charlie?
KATIE:  Who knows.  I mean, “Who is trustworthy?”  Everyone in this world that Shonda created is both evil and good.  But I do definitely think there was a turning point in the episode last week when Quinn says, “Huck is the only person I had and he hurt me” and Charlie says, “No, you have me.”  I don’t know, but I don’t think Quinn has any other options at the moment.

So where does Jake (Scott Foley) fit in all this? He’s kind of tied to both Quinn and Huck because they are in the B13 world. Does he want to side with either one or is he going to look at the both of them and go, “What did you both do?!”
KATIE:  It’s a really good question!
GUILLERMO:  It is.  I think Jake wants Huck and Quinn to get along.  I don’t think at this point he knows to the extent that Huck went with Quinn.  So I don’t know.  I think that might change his mind a little bit.  He might frown on Huck torturing Quinn.  I would hope.  But who knows.  He’s got so much stuff going on himself.  He’s pretty into Olivia and he knows Olivia is in love with the President.  So he’s got his own things going on.
KATIE:  He’s got his own baggage.

So no one’s going to notice that there’s a big problem going on between Quinn and Huck?  They are just going to go about their work as usual?
KATIE:  No. Nothing like that.  But, again, you’ll see in the episode this week how the torture scene ripples through Olivia Pope & Associates.  Who feels the effects and how doesn’t and what they do with it.

With Mama Pope (Khandi Alexander) on the loose, it looks like we’re going to go on the hunt for Mama Pope.  Are Quinn and Huck going to be temporarily aligned to go in search of her?
GUILLERMO:  We have no idea.
KATIE:  We’ve only shot one episode ahead and we don’t find out anything.  So we don’t know yet.

What would you like to tease about this week’s episode?
KATIE: We can definitely tell you that Quinn and Huck have a scene together again post-torture and you will see how they interact with each other and it’s insanely intense.  We can tell you that the Mama Pope storyline will be further delved into.
GUILLERMO: And you’re going to find out what that little blue blinking light is on Huck’s computer means and all that is going to be revealed.  That’s quite a shocker.

To see if Huck and Finn are ready to forgive and forget or if their twisted dance of distrust continues, as well as what that blinking blue light really means, be sure to tune in for this week’s all new episode of SCANDAL on Thursday, December 12th at 10:00 p.m. on ABC.



SCANDAL Scoop: Jeff Perry Reflects on How Badly Cyrus’ Honey-Trap Backfired!

In * By Tiffany Vogt, * Interviews, * TV Addict, Scandal on December 5, 2013 at 12:00 pm


It is said that politics makes strange bed-fellows, but truly Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry) never expected that it would be a literal prophecy. In the drama series SCANDAL, the third season has taken an unexpected detour as we have seen how horrifically political maneuvering can destroy marriages, friendships and personal relationships. As the White House Chief of Staff, it is Cyrus’ job to always be in control of all the behind-the-scenes schemes and do everything to protect the President and keep him in office. Yet in Cyrus’ haste to quash Vice President Sally Langston’s (Kate Burton) independent bid for the presidency, he out-maneuvered himself — Cyrus put his own husband unwittingly in a “honey trap” and once James (Dan Bucatinsky) realized it, he turned the tables on Cyrus and took the honey-trap too far.

As of this last episode, Cyrus had quite a big storyline blowup in his face. What fall-out can we expect from Cyrus pushing James into a situation where James may have cheated on Cyrus?
JEFF: I’ve always imagined that the minute we cut away from Cyrus’ anguish over those photos that there is a railroad train of dread washing over him of, “Oh wow, these are photos of consensual adultery. It can’t really be spun any other way. They may be useless in having any leverage over keeping Sally in the fold. If I can’t keep Sally in the fold, I can’t get Fitz reelected.” And simultaneously, he’s thinking, “I may have screwed my marriage, and who is the architect of this who plan? This grave miscalculation? This backfiring? It was me.” Cyrus is horrified and disoriented. All I can tease about what happens is that he is in a kind of twisting hell, which you would imagine.

Is Cyrus going to want to keep it to himself that he knows about it, or is he going to confront James about it?
JEFF: (Laughs) That’s why it is going to be incredibly fun to watch the next two episodes.



Can you possibly say what is Cyrus’ priority: his marriage or getting Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) reelected?
JEFF: They are simultaneous and fundamental priorities. That’s why he’s so screwed.

Are you going to be satisfied the choice Cyrus makes, if he chooses one or the other? Or will you be just as frustrated with him as we are?
JEFF: (Laughs) As an actor, I’m just in heaven with any exquisite, horrible problem that Shonda [Rhimes] and the writers create because that is kind of what actors live for. But in Cyrus-empathy, I’m just trying to honor the horror and disorientation and dread and not knowing how to rebound and fix this. Cyrus is a man built for fixing things, like Olivia’s (Kerry Washington) built for it and Mellie’s (Bellamy Young) built for it. I’m thinking this is a gigantic mistake with such reverberations that he doesn’t know quite what to do — and that’s rare for Cyrus.

Cyrus is normally in complete control and can see all the angles, but this situation seems to have blind-sided him a bit. And he also seems to have taken his eye off the situation with what is going on with the Popes: Olivia, her dad, and now her mom’s back in the picture. Is that situation even on Cyrus’ radar?
JEFF: Outside of knowing the Rowan (Joe Morton) is the scariest animal on the planet in Cyrus’ universe, I think Cyrus’ eye is kind of off-the-ball. But the audience knows more about that than Cyrus does.

But surely Cyrus is aware that the Remington problem could be brewing just as Fitz’s reelection is heating up and he should be paying attention.
JEFF: Yeah, he should be, but he is kind of not able to contain that as a priority right now.

So will we see Cyrus spiraling out a little bit? It seems again like he has lost such control.
JEFF: Hmmm, what can I say? He’s pretty much in exquisite hell.

Another thing that has cropped up is Charlie (George Newbern). That’s Cyrus’ go-to-guy. He uses Charlie for all his dirty work. But Charlie has been working with Papa Pope. He’s recruited Quinn and that’s making a mess in Olivia’s world — who Fitz and Cyrus wanted on their side for the reelection campaign. So Cyrus seems to have lost control of his people and everything that is going on right now. Is he going to lash out at Charlie as we’ll?
JEFF: Rowan in the rose garden made it very clear to Cyrus that Charlie was off limits and Cyrus remembers that. Warnings and threats from Rowan are deeply considered by Cyrus. (Laughs)

With Mellie and Cyrus working on the same side right now and they have been kind of getting along, does that bode for bad things ahead or are they going to keep playing nice for the sake of the reelection?
JEFF: As far as I know, Cyrus and Mellie are joined at the hip right now. They are going to get Fitz reelected — somehow, someway. So for the moment, they are BFF’s.

To see if Cyrus completely loses his mind and control over the reelection because he failed to see how far people would go to evade his schemes and retaliate against him, be sure to tune in for an all new episode of SCANDAL on Thursday, December 5th at 10:00 pm on ABC. Cyrus’ personal hell has only just begun. More information about SCANDAL can be found at

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Fun candid photos and video interviews with the cast of SCANDAL re Season 2 finale (2013)

In * By Tiffany Vogt, * Events, * Interviews, * Video interviews, Scandal on May 22, 2013 at 12:00 pm

A few of my candid photos and video interviews from the red carpet at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with the cast of SCANDAL. (Please do not repost these photos at other sites. Links only. Thank you!)

Katie Lowes and Guillermo Diaz (photo credit: Tiffany Vogt)

Katie Lowes and Guillermo Diaz (photo credit: Tiffany Vogt)

Darby Stanfield and Guillermo Diaz  (photo credit: Tiffany Vogt)

Darby Stanchfield and Guillermo Diaz (photo credit: Tiffany Vogt)

Matt Letscher  (photo credit: Tiffany Vogt)

Matt Letscher (photo credit: Tiffany Vogt)

Kate Burton  (photo credit: Tiffany Vogt)

Kate Burton (photo credit: Tiffany Vogt)

Josh Malina, Guillermo Diaz and Matt Letscher  (photo credit: Tiffany Vogt)

Josh Malina, Guillermo Diaz and Matt Letscher (photo credit: Tiffany Vogt)

Darby Stanchfield, Guillermo Diaz and Joe Morton  (photo credit: Tiffany Vogt)

Darby Stanchfield, Guillermo Diaz and Joe Morton (photo credit: Tiffany Vogt)

Joe Morton and George Newbern  (photo credit: Tiffany Vogt)

Joe Morton and George Newbern (photo credit: Tiffany Vogt)

Josh Malina and Darby Stanchfield  (photo credit: Tiffany Vogt)

Josh Malina and Darby Stanchfield (photo credit: Tiffany Vogt)

Scott Foley  (photo credit: Tiffany Vogt)

Scott Foley (photo credit: Tiffany Vogt)

Bellamy Young and Jeff Perry  (photo credit: Tiffany Vogt)

Bellamy Young and Jeff Perry (photo credit: Tiffany Vogt)

Katie Lowes, Guillermo Diaz, Tony Goldwyn  (photo credit: Tiffany Vogt)

Katie Lowes, Guillermo Diaz, Tony Goldwyn (photo credit: Tiffany Vogt)

Gregg Henry and Dan Bucantinsky  (photo credit: Tiffany Vogt)

Gregg Henry and Dan Bucantinsky (photo credit: Tiffany Vogt)

Katie Lowes and Guillermo Diaz  (photo credit: Tiffany Vogt)

Katie Lowes and Guillermo Diaz (photo credit: Tiffany Vogt)

Katie Lowes, Guillermo Diaz, Tony Goldwyn  (photo credit: Tiffany Vogt)

Katie Lowes, Guillermo Diaz, Tony Goldwyn (photo credit: Tiffany Vogt)

Gregg Henry  (photo credit: Tiffany Vogt)

Gregg Henry (photo credit: Tiffany Vogt)

Tom Amandes  (photo credit: Tiffany Vogt)

Tom Amandes (photo credit: Tiffany Vogt)

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