Confirmed: Who Is Playing Olivia Pope’s Mother?

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Gladiators, the moment we have all been waiting for, the face of Olivia Pope’s long lost mother has finally been revealed. 

Actress Khandi Alexander, best known for her role on Treme, has been cast to play Kerry Washington’s (Olivia Pope) mother on the hit ABC drama, Scandal. Alexander will have a recurring role on the third season as Maya Lewis. According to reports, fans will first meet Maya in a flashback during this Thursday’s episode.


Until now, viewers have been in the dark about Olivia’s mother. All we know is that her mother taught her to be a strong, powerful woman and to “speak her mind.”

In last week’s episode … PLOT SPOILER … Fans learned that President Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn) may have shot down a civilian aircraft with more than 300 passengers on board, including Pope’s mother.

Last week’s episode left gladiators wondering if the President killed Olivia’s mom.

Scandal airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on ABC.

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