Khandi Alexander Cast in Major Scandal Season 3 Role

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The casting of Olivia Pope's mother? ABC has it handled.

Following the bombshell dropped on Scandal Season 3 Episode 5, The Hollywood Reporter confirms that veteran actress Khandi Alexander has been cast as the woman who brought Olivia into this Gladiator-filled world.

She will first appear via flashbacks on this Thursday's new installment of Scandal Season 3.

Khandi Alexander on Treme

Alexander has starred on Newsradio and CSI: Miami and currently plays a key role on HBO's Treme, which kicks off Season 4 on December 1.

Scandal Season 3 airs Thursdays at 10/9c on ABC.

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Scandal Quotes

Olivia: I have been riding and dying for you. I fixed an election for you. Sacrificed everything to keep you in office, we all did. Cyrus, James, Jerry, Harrison, Mellie. Every one of us. I was your mistress because you needed me.
Fitz: And I was willing to give it all up for you.
Olivia: Which is exactly the problem.
Fitz: I tried to give up my wife for you, my office! And you backed out every time.
Olivia: Of course I did. If you gave up the Presidency, what did I do all this for? Everything we did, I did, all of it, if you gave up the Presidency it would be a waste. Everything I've sacrificed to get you here, to keep you here, so you could be the best, so you could make history, so you could be the President you were meant to be. And you were. You were the President you were meant to be and then, when the true test came along, when I was taken because of you, you go to war? You sent thousands of innocent soldiers into harms way, some of them to their deaths, for one person.
Fitz: I had to save you.
Olivia: You didn't save me. I'm on my own.

I am not a toy that you can play with when you're bored or lonely or horny. I am not the girl the guy gets at the end of the movie. I am not a fantasy. If you want me, earn me! Until then, we are done.

Olivia