12:06 PM EDT 05/20/2013
Originally posted 05/17/2013 07:35AM
Known for its bombshells and cliffhangers, Scandal's season 2 finale was far from an exception.
The edge-of-your-seat political drama had even its cast in shock – especially at the very end.
"The last word [dropped my] jaw," Scott Foley, who plays Jake Ballard, told PEOPLE at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood shortly before the big episode aired.
"What? No. Oh, my god! There are so many questions that are answered and then these new questions pop up and we were all so taken aback. It was right there in front of us and we didn't know! It was right there."
Originally posted 04/11/2013 08:15PM
Who knew that D.C.'s tough (and chic!) fixer lived in a space fit not for the capital, but for Hollywood royalty? Scandal's production designer, Corey Kaplan, gives PEOPLE a behind-the-scenes look at how they created Kerry Washington's character Olivia Pope's fabulous apartment.
The space is based off of apartments in the El Royale in Los Angeles, designed by William Douglas Lee of the Chateau Marmont in 1927. The illustrious building was once home to Clark Gable and Loretta Young.
"We took the basic elements of the El Royale apartments to stage," Kaplan says. "We loved the moldings and the embellishments, but we made it a little bit larger scale with larger arches."
Originally posted 02/26/2013 11:00AM
Amid Oscar preparations, Kerry Washington made a little time for her mom over the weekend.
Fresh from the Independent Spirit Awards, the Django Unchained actress brought her loved one along to the Mattel Games gift lounge on Saturday in Santa Monica, Calif., where they bonded and talked about fashion.
"They told guests that they are extremely close and borrow each other's clothes constantly," an onlooker tells PEOPLE.
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