Kerry Washington, Scandal Costars Talk Baby Names and “Steamy” Episodes Ahead


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The cast of ABC's Scandal showed up in round numbers for the network's Television Critics Association party at the 2014 Winter Press Tour.

Actress Kerry Washington, who portrays the famous problem solver Olivia Pope, along with Scandal cohorts Columbus Short, Katie Lowes, Darby Stanchfield, Guillermo Díaz, and Mellie Grant all made appearances at the big event.

However, most would expect such a network event to be shrouded around internal business aspects relative to the network's current projects and upcoming productions. But, the cast dished about a number of other things - baby names in particular.

Since Washington is expecting her first child with her husband NFL player Nnamdi Asomughas, E! News reports that the cast had a number of great things to say about the expectant mother.

But, Columbus Short, known as Harrison to Scandal fanatics, offered some insight on what the couple plans to name their little bundle of joy - sort of.

"She's naming her baby Columbus, whether it's a boy or a girl. She was just like, 'Columbus, that name is sweet,'" he quipped. He also insists that the little one will probably inherit the head gladiator's intellect, fashionable flair, and gift of gab.

"I think Kerry Washington's baby is going to come out fully able to speak at Scandal pace," he joked. "The baby's going to come out with just a white coat with the collar popped."


Stanchfield, who portrays Abby of 'Team Gladiator' on the show, also weighed in with her high regards of Washington, as she's "so, so excited" for her because she assured the actress is "going to be the most amazing mother." She even revealed that Washington is already quite maternal and rather similar to Olivia Pope even when the cameras aren't rolling.

"She's already a mom. She already mothers all of us. She's very Olivia Pope to us, making sure we're all taken care of and happy," Stanchfield went on. "She's really glowing. She's really happy. She's genuinely so looking forward to this moment, so it's fun to share in it with her."

It also wouldn't be an official Scandal Q&A brief if the cast didn't at least hint about what can be expected in the upcoming episodes of the show. So, they did! "The first four episodes are literally, you're going to need respirators. It's crazy," Short teased, while Stanchfield added, "The First Lady has some really good, steamy stuff coming up. And Harrison [Short], we finally get to see a lot more rollout for him, which is great."


Unfortunately, that's all the fans will get until Scandal takes over primetime television Feb. 27 at 10/9C only on ABC!

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