'Scandal' Star: Brace Yourself For Big Changes!
Although Scandal revealed the "Who" behind this summer's biggest question -- "Who Is Quinn Perkins?" Answer: Lindsay Dwyer -- after the episode's closing moment that revealed Olivia and Huck were behind Lindsay's forced new identity, fans were now left wondering "Whaaaaaaaaaat?"
As is the cast, which I learned by hitting the Scandal set earlier this week, where I chatted with Katie Lowes, the woman at the center of this brand new mystery! So what did Katie think of last night's big reveal, and how would she have reacted if put in a similar position? Read on to find out!
TheInsider.com: I'm speechless. What did you think of finding out Quinn Perkins was actually Lindsay Dwyer, potential murderer?
Katie Lowes: When I read the first episode back, I re-read it all day. I thought a few things – first, I was psyched that it made perfect sense with everything we'd done last season. But my bigger thing was, What the hell is going on?!?! Can someone tell me something? It's unbelievable. You got a little bit of backstory in the first episode, but it's part of this much bigger conspiracy that is huge and involves a million of the other characters and Washington politics and I still don't have all the answers by episode 6.
Insider.com: What was the biggest shock for you: Quinn's backstory, or finding out that Olivia and Huck were involved?
Katie: Definitely the latter! The beginning was so cool for me as an actress because I've never worn an orange jumpsuit and handcuffs! Cut to me in that costume, looking at Guillermo Diaz and he's like, "Yea, I've done that a million times in my career." [laughs] But the last two minutes of the episode were just ... I mean, are you kidding me? Who can you trust in this office? Who's behind what? Last season, Olivia was the end all, be all role model for Quinn, but now, there's no one she can trust or look up to. Quinn is on very uneven ground.
Insider.com: If you were in Lindsay's position, would you have accepted the new identity?
Katie: No way! What the hell? I would never do that. I mean, first of all, one of my big questions to Shonda [Rhimes, creator] was about her family and friends. She was just going to leave and take on this whole new identity? But, that's a good little teaser because we'll see more about that, and more of what happened after the hotel comes out in episode 2. I would never be able to do that, I talk to my mom like 5 times a day.
Insider.com: It also makes me question whether or not it was even Quinn's choice to join Pope & Associates, or if Olivia manipulated her into that decision as well!
Katie: Right? It definitely don't think it was her choice. Olivia Pope is so powerful and really able to manipulate Quinn into doing exactly what she wants. And you'll see this season that Olivia is also manipulating a lot of other people in the office into doing exactly what she wants. She's very powerful and at the end of the day, these characters are such flawed heroes, that some days you’re not sure if you're on her side.
Insider.com: Quinn is now a pseudo-celebrity as a result of the case. Where's her head at in episode two?
Katie: She's totally spun around. We're going to dig deeper into Quinn in the coming episodes and this season really is all about who can she trust, how can she function in this world now, where is her family and who is really on her side in this office?
Insider.com: Last season, one big fan complaint was that it seemed like Quinn was so dumb eating the Chinese food in Rosen's office, since it led to her identification. But now I'm kind of thinking she did that on purpose.
Katie: Oh, I think she 100 percent did that on purpose. Hiding who you are, 24/7, is exhausting. Of course she doesn't want to be on death row, but I think in that scene where Harrison says "We're going to lose the case," it was, in some ways, a relief for Quinn. She's been living this lie for so long, she's exhausted. Plus, her life is in shambles, so what's the point of living it anyway?
Insider.com: Which season two episode is your favorite so far and why?
Katie: We're in the middle of [episode] 6 and it's my favorite so far. I don't know why that is, because episode 6 was my favorite last year as well. This one features a world we haven't dove into yet as the client and it's super badass. Quinn gets to do some really fun things this season, particularly in episode 3. You'll see lots of new layers with Quinn that you haven't seen before. The newbie is changing!
Scandal airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on ABC.