10 Things You Never Knew About 'Scandal'

When it premiered in 2012, Scandal broke barriers — for many reasons. Creator Shonda Rhimes dared to cast Kerry Washington as the lead character, Olivia Pope, and Cubano Guillermo Diaz as one of her trusted friends and employees, Huck.

Do you consider yourself a loyal Gladiator? We bet you still didn't know these 10 things about Scandal

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1. Scandal Facts: Judy Smith

Olivia Pope was based upon Judy A. Smith, the Deputy Press Secretary for the George H. W. Bush administration, and a crisis management expert who founded her own firm, Smith & Company. 

2. Scandal: Guillermo Class Clown

Guillermo Diaz may play the hyper-serious Huck, but in real life, the actor has a reputation as a comedian. "I was named Class Clown in the high school yearbook," he revealed to Paste Magazine"I was always turning to comedy and laughter to heal and to get me through things."

3. Scandal: Tony Goldwyn

Tony Goldwyn hails from an impressive Hollywood lineage. His grandfather, the founder of Goldwyn Pictures, eventually sold his company (and the impressive lion mascot) to Marcus Loew, who named the merger Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, aka MGM.

4. Scandal: The Album Leaf

Olivia Pope and President Fitzgerald Grant have their own soundtrack; "The Light" by the Album Leaf has become their unofficial theme song, because it plays whenever they appear alone together on-screen. 

5. Scandal: Henry Ian Cusick

Dedicated fans will recognize Henry Ian Cusick as Stephen Finch from the first season of the show. They may not know that Cusick boasts Latino heritage. The actor was raised in Scotland, but born in Trujillo, Peru to a Peruvian mother and Scottish father. He left the show, because his character received insufficient screen time

6. Scandal: Shonda Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes, the genius behind Scandal, Grey's Anatomy and How To Get Away With Murder, also penned two of the best guilty pleasures of the early 2000s: Crossroads, which starred Britney Spears and Zoe Saldaña, and The Princess Diaries 2

7. Scandal: Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union auditioned for the role of Olivia Pope, as did Taraji B. Henson. Union went on to star on Being Mary Jane and Henson landed the acclaimed role of Cookie Lyon on Empire. 

8. Scandal: Address

Next time you're in trouble, just head to 1970 K Street, Washington DC 20006. In the episode "Spies Like Us," that address is revealed as the location of Pope & Associates. 

9. Scandal: Kerry Washington

Scandal was the first network TV drama with female, black lead character since 1974, The New Yorker reports.

10. Scandal: Ending

Sorry, Gladiators. Shonda Rhimes revealed that she already knows precisely how and when Scandal will end. "I feel like there is a finite amount of Scandal to be told," she told NPR"And I can see where the end point is. And I don't think I'm going to change that... I know how long I think it will be. But we'll see."