Who Should Play Olivia Pope’s Mom on Scandal?
Now that Scandal has made it clear that we will be seeing Olivia’s mom because of this whole Operation Remington thing (at least in flashbacks), I am anxious to find out who will play her. I am not accepting the fact that she’s dead. NOOOPPEEE! I think she’s somewhere laying low and preparing to pounce up.
I’ve been talmbout who I see as Liv’s mama since last season and the FIRST person that always comes to my mind is Lynn Whitfield. But there are others. So join me as I run down the list of possible people I’d like to play Maya Lewis-Pope.
Liv’s reminder in episode 305 that her mom taught her to be outspoken had Lynn on my mind. Lynn Whitfield is known to play characters that do not bite their tongue and she is about that “snatch your wig” life. I feel like Olivia’s mama would have to be the type of person that could cut you down to size with one very quick look. Plus, she has that edge of crazy that someone will have to have if their husband is the Command of a top-secret assassin group.
Plus, she looks perfectly the part of Mrs. Pope. Hair included.
I imagine Liv’s mom to be like Claire Huxtable. Because you know Liv came from a Goddess and Phylicia Rashad is just that. Plus, her side-eyes are epic and we learned that from how she used to look at Cliff when he’d do something out of pocket. I can see her shutting down Rowan Pope with the same stares.
CH is one of the most underrated actresses in Hollywood. You might not have known her name but when you saw her picture, I bet you were like “YES!” She’d play Mrs. Pope with that edge. Liv wasn’t raised by no punk, and CCH makes you just wanna act right from her picture. She’s the mama who took you to church and when you started kicking the back of the pew, you FELT her face on your neck and you knew to get yourself together INSTANTLY!
Jenifer Lewis majors in the art of shade and I can see her being the person who taught Olivia to READ folks like an encyclopedia. I’m always here for Aunty Jeni, her cackles and those side-eyes of hers. Her and Liv could totally wreck shop together. The speech that Rowan gave his baby girl in the first episode of season 3 would be nothing compared to the epic tongue-lashing Jenifer could hand out. Chile… I’m so ready!
Honorary Mentions (But I don’t think they’d work as well)
A lot of people have said they think Diahann Carroll should be Liv’s mom and I saw nah. Diahann is too old to be Mrs. Pope BUT she could be her Grandmother. All that regalness will be perfect as Liv’s granny. I’d love to see that.
Yall know I love me some Angela but I think she FEELS too young to be Liv’s mom. Angela is from the “Never Aging Council of Fierce Women” and I think she would come off more as Olivia’s aunty. OOOOO can she have an aunty, Shonda?!? Pleasseeee???
Folks want Jasmine to be Liv’s mama so Whitley and Byron can be together again and I tell all of you NAWL! I will not have that.
We’re learning how Olivia became who she is today and we see half of her is pure GOON blood in Rowan Pope. But methinks her mama is also mostly goon and the ladies up top could totally rock it out. I am THIRSTY to find out who the Matron of the Pope family is and no matter who is picked, I’m probably gon fall out my chair.
So whatcha’ll think about my list? Who would be best as Maya Lewis the Real Goontress? Who else would you add to this list as a great possibility?
EDIT: The person who will be playing Olivia Pope’s mom, Maya Lewis, has been revealed! According to the Hollywood Reporter, it’s Khandi Alexander! I LOVE THIS! She’s an unexpected choice but I think it REALLY works. She’d get Rowan TOGETHER and she’s an amazing actress. Y’all know Shonda doesn’t like being predictable. This works for me!