Scandal's Jeff Perry Gives Insight to Who is the Mole, Compares Shonda Rhimes to Shakespeare and dispells Filming Rumors in an Interview on AfterBuzz TV

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Scandal's Jeff Perry made an appearance on AfterBuzz TV's Scandal aftershow Thursday night. In his appearance, Perry compares Shonda Rhimes to Shakespeare, give insight into the rest of the season, dispels rumors about filming and discusses his relationship with the cast.

( Scandal's Jeff Perry made an appearance on AfterBuzz TV's Scandal aftershow Thursday night. In his appearance, Perry compares Shonda Rhimes to Shakespeare, give insight into the rest of the season, dispels rumors about filming and discusses his relationship with the cast.

Jeff Perry ON HIS FAVORITE “Cyrus Moment”
Perry says, “To pick one is impossible, so I’ll pick another one. Fitz has left and Mellie is talking to James and I’m very nervous about Mellie alone in the White House with the cat gone. And I said 'Mellie, all roads lead to Fitz. You do not talk to Fitz…I mean you do not talk to journalists when Fitz is gone.' And I’m lecturing her and she says “I don’t know what you’re saying”. And I say “well no, you do know what I’m saying because you’re a terrifying political animal who would chew her own foot off it meant she would get ahead”. A trait I respect. And I go on. And before Defiance has come out…before Liv feels that Fitz has guessed about it months and months before it in story time, you know she says and another thing that Hollis is a despicable human being and I’m not gonna deal with him and if Defiance ever comes up. And I kinda lay her out. Shonda gives me lines that just lay Mellie out. 'You may be a terrifying political animal, but I am a monster.' I love that one.”

Jeff Perry ON how little notice the Scandal cast getS regarding storylines
Perry says, “We call these writers professional surprisers. Because they will take you with confidence down one path, and then they’ll be pulling something else, you know. So people have been wondering is Cyrus the mole…is Mellie the mole. And honestly, we don’t know. Because sometimes you guys, we’re merely 3-5 days ahead of the world with story. For instance, I found out my character was gay about 3 days before I shot it. And so yea, we don’t know. Shonda knows probably, but she’s not telling”.

Jeff Perry ON rumors that the Scandal cast is currently taping the season finale.
“[The rumors are] not true. We’re shooting episode 20 out of 22 right now,” says Perry.

Jeff Perry ON CYRUS BEING misunderstood
Perry says, “I don’t think Cyrus spends too much time worrying about what people think or if he’s misunderstood. But I definitely think he is a soldier for a cause”.

Jeff Perry ON PLAYING a gay man AND raising an African American child
Perry says, “[The character] is great, it’s a blessing. I mean, Shonda writes such truthful dichotomy and complication in these people. A fair amount of popular TV writing kind of goes for the easy, one-dimensional, here this is this person in this box. And this is the person in this box so you can all feel comfortable about what they’re gonna do every time, that’s who they are. Shonda keeps letting these people breathe and to have complication, and to have contradiction. For actors, man it’s great.”

Jeff Perry ON Fitz’s encounter with Olivia in hospital.
Perry says, “I thought he was not being romantic sexual. I thought he was being this scared me. I’m scared that you’re hurt.”

Perry says, “I love it...I never thought I would feel again in my life, the level of trust, respect, challenge, gorgeous sort of artistic soil and camaraderie that I felt in my youth with John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, Laurie Metcalf, John Mahoney, Tom Irwin, Joan Allen, etc. All the people who helped start our theater, which went from 9 people back in 1976 to 42 members now. I’ve just always loved that about our art. So, I’m loving [Scandal].”

Perry says, “I never expected the breadth and one of the greatest writers of our generation, coming into a new chapter for her, Shonda Rhimes. We knew what she could do with Grey’s Anatomy. It was, it is, damn impressive. But then to take on a whole new genre of political thriller and cliffhanger, 10 years after Grey’s Anatomy started and then to have all of the rhetorical skill, gorgeous, practically biblical, Greek, Shakespearean kind of skill in the writing? It reminds me of what Mark Twain or Charles Dickens were capable of, and Shakespeare, because they were populists. And they could make you want to sit on the edge of your seat. Shonda is doing that on network TV. What she’s doing on network TV I think is remarkable.”

Perry says, “I can tell you that there’s some amazing, gorgeous delving into Huck and Huck’s past and of Huck’s need for family. A lot of stuff gets explored there in this next episode.”

Perry says, “We hang out at each other’s houses a bit and we’ll watch an episode together. Sometimes a couple of days before and we kind of figure out some of our tweeting, and mostly just because we love to hang out. I tell people this cast is like an 11-year-old girl’s sleepover. We gush so damn much, but I just adore this group.”

Links to Glen Mazzara's full appearance can be found on YouTube and iTunes.

AfterBuzz TV's Scandal aftershow, hosted by Emile Ennis Jr., Bamm Ericsen, Sofia Stanley and Kennelia Stradwick, airs live Thursday nights at 11pm Pacific and is available for download the next day on iTunes and YouTube. The Scandal aftershow is a weekly wrap up show that broadcasts worldwide from Los Angeles, CA as part of Extra's Maria Menounos and filmmaker Keven Undergaro's online broadcast network, AfterBuzz TV. AfterBuzz is dedicated to producing daily post-game wrap-up shows for fans' favorite TV shows, covering shows like Dancing With The Stars, American Idol, Once Upon A Time, House of Cards and countless others. Currently, AfterBuzz TV receives over 20 million weekly downloads on iTunes from over 75 countries. For further information about the network, visit

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