The secrets of ‘Scandal’ include greenscreen, speedtalking, and a psychic writers’ room

The greatest good friend vibes between Katie Lowes and Guillermo Diaz are going sturdy because the Scandal buddies delve into the second episode of the present and set up a rhythm for the podcast. For his or her premiere episode, they’d the unstoppable Shonda Rhimes as a visitor. This week, Lowes and Diaz are by themselves, giving a extra detailed breakdown of the episode they’re rewatching, in addition to extra day-to-day behind-the-scenes particulars.

Huck reveals the bit of Scandal he took residence. 

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The wall of cracked home windows within the convention room is a centerpiece of the OPA workplace and was regularly used to tack up photographs of shoppers or numerous suspects — a type of extremely symbolic (these cracks!) model of a yarn wall. Diaz bought permission to take residence a window panel as a memento, which he nonetheless has in his residence.

“It is proper on the entrance of the home, on the wall….It is one of my favourite issues that I’ve in my home,” he stated. 


“It makes me sleep higher at evening, figuring out that you’ve one of the window panes,” Lowes declared. “And our OPA convention desk desk is the primary convention room desk at Shondaland Places of work in Hollywood… I used to be there as soon as earlier than COVID, and I walked previous the large convention room, and it is the OPA convention desk that you just and I boned on!”

They cracked up. “We positive did,” Diaz teased. However that is for a much, much later episode(Opens in a new tab)!

The writers’ room was psychic, perhaps.

“You recognize what’s so pretty [about rewatching], I can see what the writers have been seeing about Huck taking Quinn beneath his wing,” Lowes stated, “You’ll be able to already see I all the time go to you. Abby’s simply so imply to Quinn, it is insane and nice and pretty and I like it, and Harrison simply does not have time as a result of he is Mr. Man About City, and you are actually the one individual — “

Diaz added, “Katie, do you bear in mind we used to speak whereas we have been filming the present, like, how do the writers know and how does Shonda know {our relationships}? Since you and I began to get actually shut, and then we might be like, are there microphones in our trailers? After which we might see it…mirrored within the scripts, proper? We have been like, how did they know?!”

“They have to have bugged the make-up trailer!” Lowes agreed. “On units, make-up trailers are the place a lot of shit-talking will get achieved, and that is principally since you’re there at 5 o’clock within the morning, your make-up and hair persons are those which are closest to your face always — like, while you’re in your interval, while you’ve had a tough evening… So, the make-up trailer simply type of turns into this place — and I used to be like, this shit has gotta be bugged! As a result of… we might have relationships forming and belief issues occurring, and then we might see them one hundred pc mirrored in scripts down the highway.”

How did Scandal discover its breakneck tempo?

Shonda Rhimes and the Scandal writers’ room had nothing on the Gilmore Ladies when it got here to packing a lot of data into not a lot of onscreen time. Lowes and Diaz mentioned how a lot time they spent operating strains behind the scenes and of their downtime.

“We have been actually studious, and we might drill strains [in the makeup trailers]!” laughed Lowes.

“We needed to! We needed to Scandal tempo our dialogue,” Diaz stated. “It first began as a result of the scripts have been so lengthy, proper? And there have been so many phrases that I believe it was Shonda that stated, ‘You guys have to speak quick to get all these items out,’ and that is, I believe, the place it began. However then all of us found little by little that the quicker you converse —  I imply, the intention [matters], and we’re nonetheless performing beneath the quick tempo, however each time it made the scene higher. Each single time! Even past Scandal. Typically I am on units, I am like, ‘Y’all gotta velocity that shit up!'”

Diaz admitted that though they’d a lot of enjoyable whereas filming, he spent a ton of time simply operating strains. “There was no room to mess up.”

The secret about Lindsay Dwyer was there was no secret (but).

Three women stand around a desk in an office.

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The ongoing subplot about Amanda Tanner requires Quinn to make a little confession to the younger girl about having her personal darkish previous, in an try and get Amanda to belief her — and return to OPA, natch. The title of the episode is, in spite of everything, “Soiled Little Secrets,” and Quinn definitely has a few herself. 


Lowes recalled, “Amanda Tanner and I meet, I believe, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, and we get a glimpse into Quinn’s previous, which is Lindsay Dwyer, and I say, Quinn says one thing like, ‘I used to be in bother as soon as. Rather a lot of folks needed to…I used to be in bother. I used to be alone, and it was terrible.’ Now, you assume we’re getting a glimpse into Quinn Perkins’ previous, however at that time, the writers’ room didn’t know what Quinn’s previous was!”

“No person knew the place that was gonna go!” Diaz exclaimed.

“They did not know!” Lowes declared. “They did not know! So what I believe is attention-grabbing is that issues have been already being constructed, however I additionally typically surprise if I had performed it otherwise. Like, I performed it as reality, like, Quinn does have this factor, this secret. However I may have performed it as like, I am tricking her. Like I am making it up —”

“Simply to get her to be a consumer, yeah,” Diaz agreed.

“As a result of Olivia instructed me to, and I all the time am like, wow, had I been taking part in [it like that], would issues have been totally different? Who is aware of.”

The secret behind capturing Scandal that fooled us all is true in plain sight. 

Most of Scandal was truly filmed in Los Angeles, on numerous soundstages, so scenes like those Lowes described above have been filmed in native parks, with monuments later added with digital results.

“While you see the Lincoln Memorial and different historic websites in DC, that’s all greenscreen! The crew that did that have been so freaking gifted, too, as a result of bear in mind folks would come as much as us on a regular basis like, ‘You guys shoot the present in DC?'” Diaz gushed. 

“Individuals nonetheless assume that now!” Lowes exclaimed. (Uh, I definitely did!)

“We might all the time be outdoors in parks, throughout L.A., and then they might have this huge greenscreen that they might then superimpose, such as you’re saying, the Jefferson Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, no matter, the Mall, and we might be wearing coats, sweating balls,” Lowes laughed.

“In California, the place it by no means will get chilly, excerpt for as we speak,” Diaz agreed.

“And Lyn Paolo — we’ll have her on too, she’s a tremendous costume designer — Lyn Paolo, she I believe simply set the world. I don’t know if that was her alternative or Shonda’s alternative, that it was simply a ‘endlessly fall’… which suggests we’re identical to all the time in peacoats, a scarf. Olivia’s clearly in essentially the most unbelievable gloves you’ve got ever seen in your complete life that go as much as her elbow, however a lot of occasions we might be in 110 levels, in a wool coat — the chafing that was occurring in my pencil skirts! I deserve all of the performing awards, folks!” Lowes joked.

Unpacking the Toolbox wraps up with another factoids concerning the present, a continuity error or two, and a look again at some tweets from when the present aired stay. (Bear in mind when live-tweeting was so enjoyable as a result of Twitter truly labored and wasn’t a damaged toy deserted in a tantrum by its proprietor? Sigh!) 

New episodes of Unpacking the Toolbox(Opens in a new tab) drop each Thursday. Scandal is at the moment streaming on Hulu.(Opens in a new tab)

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