Tuesday, November 5, 2013
'Scandal' Casts 'Treme' Star to Play Kerry Washington's Mother
Alexander will play Maya Lewis, the mother to Kerry Washington‘s Olivia Pope and wife of Rowan Pope (played by Joe Morton). She’ll first appear during Thursday’s episode and be seen in flashbacks. During last week’s Scandal, Huck (Guillermo Diaz) and Jake (Scott Foley) discovered that President Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn) shot down a civilian airliner with more than 300 passengers on board, including Olivia’s mother, under orders from Olivia’s dastardly father, Rowan (Joe Morton). Besides playing LaDonna Batiste-Williams on HBO’s Treme, Alexander was known for her role as Dr. Alexx Woods on CSI: Miami, and as Fran on HBO’s The Corner. She also had a major recurring role on ER as Jackie Robbins, sister to Dr. Peter Benton. In 2005, the New York City native won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work CSI: Miami.
Sidebar: Yas! Olivia has a mother! This is gonna be good. Congrats Khandi!