Scandal‘s President Fitzgerald Grant has a girrrrrlfriennnnnd.
But as ever on the ABC drama, lovin’ don’t come easy.
Introduced last week, journalist Lillian Forrester (played by The X-Files‘ Annabeth Gish) set out to do a profile on the exiting POTUS, but instead she got up close and personal with him in entirely different ways. This put Abby on red alert, and despite her best efforts to manage the “wild card” situation, Lillian was photographed leaving Fitz’s residence with “sex hair” — at the same time that a gunman (hired by Cyrus) stormed the Pennsylvania State Capitol to target the governor that Cy is deftly grooming to be a White House contender. Yeah, bad optics there.
TVLine spoke with Gish about Lillian’s (possible?) agenda and whether this is the real deal for… “LilliFitz”?
TVLINE | What do you anticipate viewers will be thinking after this week’s episode?
[Laughs] I think there will be a lot of “Olitz” fans — I’m still getting schooled on the terminology — who aren’t so happy! But I guess it’s always good to cause a ruckus, right?
TVLINE | It is, it is. A friend of mine recently was cast as an interloper and she was like, “I’m already getting hate tweets!” I assured her, “No, this is a good thing. It means you’re in a noisy storyline.”
Exactly, exactly. It’s always good to be in the midst of something — especially when it’s just pretend and not real.
TVLINE | Abby needs to work on her timing. She interrupted you and Fitz not once but twice.
Yep, we were in the bedroom when, as they’ve said, “POTUS interruptus.” There’s certainly…. [Distracted by buzzing phone] Somebody just tweeted, “Annabeth Gish, how does it feel to be the most hated woman in America?” Wow. That’s a little harsh! [Laughs]
TVLINE | In one of your first scenes last week, when Lillian got flustered during her interview and confessed her crush on Fitz, I figured, “She must be operating on an agenda. Something is up here.”
Did you think so…? I certainly can’t tell you, but it’s interesting to hear what people’s interpretations are….
TVLINE | How was the character described to you?
Smart. D.C.-savvy. Very put-together, like all of Shonda [Rhimes]’s females are. And spicy. Like, shes not one-note. That’s why you jump at the chance to be on a Shonda show, because you get to play a lot of colors, your character doesn’t have to be perfect, and you know there’s going to be drama, fire.
TVLINE | Is it in Lillian’s mind that she could simply be a “rebound”? She has no illusions that this is anything greater, or real, does she? Or is she all-in?
No, I think as evidenced by the scene in the limo, she gets it. She knows what’s going on. She’s a journalist, so she’s definitely keyed-up on exactly what’s gone on during his presidency. I think she knows what “this” is. But how could you not fall for him, right?
TVLINE | That’s what the ladies tell me, that’s what the ladies tell me. Going back to Abby’s interruptions, I reckon Lillian is not a fan of the press secretary.
I would think that Lillian’s interjection into the White House is not well received by many there.
TVLINE | At the end of the day, is Lillian still writing a story on Fitz, or is she excusing herself?
I don’t know…. I think that as evidenced by that scene, there’s obviously chemistry between them, and I think it’s genuine. She has to make a decision about whether or not she wants to do her piece… or date the president!
TVLINE | Before we go, one last tease for Scandal?
I think you should expect to be excited, and tantalized. [Laughs] How’s that for vague?
TVLINE | Hmm, how about something that could help me with a headline….
How about “hot and steamy LilliFitz”?
TVLINE | Oh god, is that what we’re going with — LilliFitz?? We’ll run that up the flagpole tonight and see if anybody salutes.
[Laughs] I don’t think they will!