Khandi Alexander Dishes on Her ‘Scandal’ Character, Maya Pope
Posted by on Nov 22, 2013

After 20 years behind bars, how damaged is Maya?
In exploring all the aspects of this character, I did some research to find out what that would be like for the people who have actually done that. There are some people who are able to transcend the isolation and become stronger in who they are and their character. I believe Maya has done just that, if not strengthened her anger. The anger itself is a motive for her to hold on to her sanity.

What would a reunion with Olivia look like? Would she want a relationship with her mother?
I don’t even know if she could ever get through Rowan! I think Olivia has a lot on her plate! (Laughs.) But we will learn more about Maya’s past and her relationship with Olivia.

How much of Maya’s imprisonment is because of something she did vs. Rowan protecting Operation Remington?
That’s hard to say — you can’t second-guess Rowan. He’s always going to be three steps ahead of everyone else. I hope viewers will be as surprised as they were at the end of last week’s episode when they found out she was alive.
What has surprised you most about Maya?
The fact that she’s in control of her mind after being in prison and isolated for such a long time. I can’t say I’m surprised by her anger. I would think a person would be angry if her your husband threw her in prison. That scene reminds me of The Lion in Winter with Peter O’Toole and Katharine Hepburn when he banishes her. That surprised me. It surprised me she was even alive, to be honest!

Everyone right now is trying to take down B613 — Jake, Huck, Olivia and Fitz. How could Maya help bring down the organization?
I don’t know if Maya will ever be able to. I don’t know if that’s her function or if she’ll ever be able to do that in any way since she’s in a real maximum security prison. But we’ll get more pieces to the Remington puzzle.
Are you on Twitter? Have you participated in the live tweets?
I’m in Boston doing a play so I’m not in the bubble, but people tell me about it. I’m not on Twitter, but Joe keeps telling me how much he enjoys it. When I get back to L.A., I have to be a part of it. I’m glad the fans are excited.


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