The real-life inspiration for 'Scandal' Published: February 27, 2014

Before she teamed up with Shonda Rhimes to produce the hit ABC television show “Scandal,” Judy Smith kept such a low profile that she didn’t even have business cards or a website for her crisis management consulting firm, according to Yahoo News.

But today, Smith is firmly in the limelight as the inspiration for the show’s main character, Olivia Pope, played by actress Kerry Washington, and told “Politics Confidential” that despite the show’s often far-fetched and very fictionalized plots, Washington has accurately captured the essence of the real-life Olivia Pope.

“She does an incredible job,” said Smith, the co-executive producer of “Scandal.” “You want the character, for me, to be someone strong, someone who is very strategic and smart, at the top of her game, and someone who is very passionate about their work and very compassionate toward their clients.”

H/T: Yahoo
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