Magazine article Variety

Bellamy Young 'Our Jaws Hit the Floor'

Magazine article Variety

Bellamy Young 'Our Jaws Hit the Floor'

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Bellamy Young had just a couple of lines on the first episode of "Scandal? but over five seasons has emerged as a pivotal character. With her Mellie Grant having gone from first lady to the Republican candidate for president of the United States, this season of the show has seen many parallels to the real world: As well as being the first female presidential nominee, she's facing a battle with a Donald Trump-like opponent. "Life is crazier than art right now? she laughs.

Mellie has landed the nomination for president at the same time Hillary Clinton is nearly there. How does that feel?

It is the deepest thrill of my life. I can't believe the synergy. It's incredible enough to have a great job with wonderful people, but this is a once-in-a-lifetime dovetailing of reality with fiction. It's also fun to get to be the mouthpiece for our beautiful writers' hearts and minds as they respond to what's going on in the world.

Hava you mot Hillary Clinton? Has that changed your performance at all?

I have! In the beginning, I did a lot of research on current and former first ladies. And I guess everything we come across in this world informs us as actors. …

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