ABC/Kelsey McNeal(NEW YORK) — Fictional President Fitzgerald Grant, portrayed by actor Tony Goldwyn, will return to the Oval Office when Scandal returns Thursday.
During last year’s winter finale, viewers saw Olivia Pope, played by Kerry Washington, get kidnapped from her Washington, D.C. apartment. Goldwyn hinted at what fans can expect next.
“As you know, I can’t reveal anything except you will find out more,” he teased on Wednesday’s Good Morning America. “I can’t tell you if you’ll find out where she is or what happened but I can tell you that the show takes an entirely new direction tomorrow night and it’s crazy. It’s really great.”
Goldwyn credits creator Shonda Rhimes’ — who also created Grey’s Anatomy and executive produces How to Get Away with Murder — for the show’s forthcoming shocking plot lines.
“Shonda, as she has done over and over, just kind of reinvents the show and we go, you know, takes on a different tone. It’s pretty outrageous,” says Goldwyn.
“I mean, all of her work and Shonda herself…she just never ceases to amaze me. She’s always challenging herself. She’s always challenging us and, you know, I’m so happy,” Goldwyn continued. “She owns Thursday nights on [ABC] and I’m just so happy to see her being celebrated in the way she is particularly this year.”
Goldwyn directed the last episode of Scandal. He said the role switch was easy, particularly because he’s so close with his co-stars.
“When you have another person who is an actor you just speak the same language and particularly in Scandal because we’re all such close friends, aside from Kerry’s merciless teasing of me,” he quipped. “We’re just really close and intimate so it’s a really unique experience for me as a director, you know, to get the chance to kind of have a look at the show from a different lens and connect with, you know, these people I love so much, in a different way.”
Goldwyn is the grandson of film mogul Samuel Goldwyn — the “G” in MGM Studios — and son of film producer Samuel Goldwyn, Jr., who passed away earlier this month at the age of 88. He explained what it’s like to carry on his family’s legacy in the entertainment business.
“They were both independent guys who kind of carved their own path and, you know, we were sort of taught never to rest on the laurels of what they’d accomplished and you got to kind of figure it out for yourself and that’s the best way to carry on the legacy,” Goldwyn said.
Scandal returns Thursday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
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