Jeff Perry Talks Scandal, Being a Strategist, Cyrus Beene's Achilles Heel

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He's a man Scandal fans both love and love to hate. The one and only Cyrus Beene!

TV Fanatic recently had the chance to chat with Jeff Perry to ask him about the political monster he portrays on ABC's hit series

What's it like to play Cyrus Beene? And what's in store for Cyrus and James? Keep reading to find out what Perry had to say...

Cyrus Beene

We started the interview with a simple question: "What's it like to play Cyrus Beene?"

Perry's response? "Heaven. Ice cream. Christmas. Hanukkah. Thanksgiving. I love it. I adore it."

We love that he loves and adores it. Perry gives the credit for his character to show creator Shonda Rhimes who is, he says, "a genius at creating dichotomous, complicated, passionate, surprising humans" whom she puts into "pressurized predicaments that are somehow simultaneously suprising yet feel organic and authentic."

One such situation is Cyrus' recent partnership with Mellie Grant as the two work to get Fitz reelected. 

"They really test each other sometimes," Perry said. "They're two people on an all-star basketball team who are demanding the ball but they're joined at the hip and really kind of, in these recent episodes, they're kind of getting a great kick out of working together. There's a level of camaraderie we would never have expected."

Despite his nature and reputation for being a strategist, Cyrus, Perry told us, is a man with "a deep strain of idealist thinking."

Part of that idealism is related to his marriage to James Novak, which, after Scandal Season 3 Episode 8, is on rocky terrain.

A Scandal Smooch

James, Perry says, is Cyrus' "Achilles heel." His character was blindsided by James' apparent infidelity and that shock will force Cyrus to confront a major error in his judgment. 

He may have sacrificed both Fitz' chance to be reelected and his marriage.

"I may have screwed everything up fatally," Perry said. "Everything Cyrus values, despite his rampant whirling dervish attempts to keep everything in line, this little plan may have backfired gigantically."

We won't have to wait long to find out. The first of Scandal's two-part winter finale airs tonight at 10/9C on ABC. Check out the promos for Scandal Season 3 Episode 9 now and then head back here after the episode airs for the full review.

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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.