Scandal Spoilers

Scandal Star Explains Marcus' New Gig, Talks Chances of a Mellie Makeout

As you might have heard, some pretty unseemly characters are currently seizing control of our nation’s capital, so TVLine got the White House press secretary on the line to answer a few of our questions.

Sorry, I should have clarified — I’m talking about the fictionalized Washington we’re seeing on ABC’s Scandal (Thursdays, 9/8c), making Marcus Walker the press secretary in question. And speaking of Cornelius Smith Jr.‘s character, how the heck did he land that high-profile gig in the first place?

“We’ll get bits and pieces about how that came to be,” the actor tells us of the story gaps created by the season-opening time jump. “We’ll see how things transpired and how Marcus got to be there.”

Of course, Marcus’ new position was one of many surprises in last week’s premiere — let’s not forget that the president-elect was assassinated — resulting in what Smith calls a season of “excitement, but also uncertainty.”

“I was shocked,” he admits. “No one had told me anything beforehand, so I discovered it all at the table read. … All I know is that Marcus isn’t really taking part in [the efforts to prove that Cyrus killed Frankie]. I’m not in OPA anymore. My job now is to help run the White House.”

Though Smith admits that he misses being one of Olivia Pope’s gladiators, more time in the White House does mean more time with Mellie. And like many fans, Smith says he’s still “curious” about what the future has in store for those two.

“I was shocked when I first read about their initial spark, where they first kind of suggested it in the script,” he recalls. “I was like, ‘Wow! Oh. OK!’ The interesting thing about Shondaland is that a lot of relationships start quickly, but they also stop quickly. You never know if it’s going to last. There’s a natural curiosity about how far it’s going to go — if it goes anywhere at all.”

Scandal fans, were you surprised by Marcus’ sudden promotion? Are you hoping for more “sparks” between him and Mellie? Whatever’s on your mind, drop it in a comment below.

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3 Comments
  1. Margie says:

    I loved it when he mentioned Frankie in the show since that was his character’s name on All My Children 😁

  2. I just want to say a couple of things I think Cyrus killed Vargas I been waiting a long time for Marcus and me line to kiss she Desverd this she is better off with Marcus then with Fitz or Jake! I mean they are cute together but not now I want to see how this is gong between them I want to see them Cross over to How to get away with murder so I hope this is not the last season please make season 7

  3. Dennis Q. says:

    I have a question. Is Marcus played by two different actors in the S6-E2 “Hardball” episode? I noticed that at the beginning of the episode Marcus appears with a mustache and goatee. Then later on in the episode, when Nelly calls him for advice, he is clean shaven and appears to be much younger. Then at the end of the episode he has a goatee again! What’s going on???