Shonda Rhimes on Casting Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope

>> Jimmy: YEAH, THEY LOVE TO COME OUT. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] >> SIT DOWN, SIT DOWN! >> Jimmy: ISN'T THAT NICE? >> SIT DOWN! >> Jimmy: I'LL SAY THE AUDIENCE ABSOLUTELY LOVED THE FINALE, AND THEY WERE SCREAMING AND CRYING AND YELLING AT PEOPLE IF THEY GOT UP, IT WAS QUITE A SCENE IN HERE. ARE YOU OKAY? ARE YOU ALL RIGHT THERE? >> I AM. I AM. I JUST -- I WENT ON A VACATION FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER. >> Jimmy: THAT'S A MISTAKE. >> I WENT TO BARBADOS ON A RIHANNA PILGRIMAGE, I WENT TO RIHANNA'S HOUSE. >> Jimmy: OH, WOW. >> YES. COMING HOME, I DROPPED A SUITCASE ON MY FOOT AND BROKE MY TOES. >> Jimmy: OH, REALLY? >> STILL, RIHANNA. >> SHE'S TELLING PEOPLE IT'S BECAUSE SHE'S BEEN KICKING ASS. >> Jimmy: I KNOW YOU WRITE A LOT OF SHOWS AT ONCE, DO YOU EVER WRITE THEM WITH YOUR FEET TO SAVE TIME? >> I DO NOT, I DO NOT, SO THEY'RE SAFE. >> Jimmy: THANK YOU FOR COMING, I APPRECIATE YOU BEING HERE. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] IT'S KIND OF SAD. YOU GUYS ALWAYS COME AND WE'RE ALWAYS -- WE'VE DONE SO MANY FUN THINGS TOGETHER. HOW DID YOU -- LIKE HOW DID YOU FIRST MEET AND DECIDE THAT YOU WERE GOING TO DO THIS SHOW TOGETHER? >> OH, WOW. >> TOGETHER? OH, I REMEMBER YOU FIRST COMING IN. >> OKAY, FIRST CAME IN. I HAD BEEN MEETING LIKE ALL OF THESE ACTRESSES. EVERYBODY WANTED THIS PART. >> YEAH, IT WAS A BIG, BIG MEETING THING. YOU CAME IN. >> OH-OH. >> NO, IT WAS AMAZING. YOU CAME IN, AND I THINK IT WAS LITERALLY LIKE TWO SECONDS IN. YOU STARTED TALKING ABOUT POLITICS. AND I KNEW THAT I WANTED KERRY FOR THE PART. BUT I HAVE ONE OF THOSE FACES. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] >> Jimmy: YOU DIDN'T KNOW THAT? >> NO! I HAD TO AUDITION, THERE'S A PROCESS, I UNDERSTAND. >> MY BROUG PARTNER BETSY BEERS SAYS I HAVE ONE OF THOSE FACES WHERE I GET EXCITED AND START WRITING INSIDE MY HEAD SO MY FACE GOES BLANK, SO PEOPLE THINK I DON'T LIKE THEM, AS OPPOSED TO, SHE'S REALLY EXCITED. >> Jimmy: DID YOU FEEL IT DIDN'T GO WELL, KERRY? >> I DID NOT AT ALL THINK THAT I WAS THE ONE. I MEAN, BECAUSE I ALSO HAD GIRLFRIENDS WHO READ THE SCRIPT AND FELT LIKE IT WAS WRITTEN FOR THEM. I FELT THAT WAY. BUT EVERYBODY FELT THAT WAY. IT WAS SO BEAUTIFULLY AND BRILLIANTLY WRITTEN. AND ALSO BLACK GIRLS, WE WEREN'T GETTING MATERIAL LIKE THAT IN THIS TOWN. NOW THERE ARE LOTS OF OPPORTUNITIES. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] AT THE TIME IT WAS LIKE THE DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH THAT IS HOLLYWOOD. SO I REALLY, REALLY WANTED THIS OPPORTUNITY. BUT I HAD NO IDEA THAT THE FIRST MEETING WENT SO WELL. >> O

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