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EXCLUSIVE: 'Scandal' Star Tony Goldwyn Calls Hillary Clinton 'Ultimate Gladiator' After Directing Her Star-Studded PSA

by Jackie Willis 4:48 AM PST, March 11, 2016
Playing EXCLUSIVE: 'Scandal' Star Tony Goldwyn Calls Hillary Clinton 'Ultimate Gladiator' After Directing Her Star-Studded PSA

Hillary Clinton has Olivia Pope, Meredith Grey and Annalise Keating in her corner.

In a new video released on Thursday (a.k.a. TGIT) titled Real Life, the leading ladies of Shonda Rhimes' hit primetime series -- Kerry Washington (Scandal), Ellen Pompeo (Grey's Anatomy) and Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder) -- used their star power to endorse the presidential hopeful. The spot has started running in Florida, Ohio and Illinois, where voters will cast their ballots on March 15.

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"Every day I wake up and play a brilliant, complex, overqualified, get-it-done woman, who obsessively fights for justice, who cares, who gives a voice to the voiceless, who gets knocked down and always gets back up," the actresses explain. "A bonafide, rolls up her sleeves, fights for what's right, in it for you, won't back down, champion for all of us. That's why I'm with Hillary. Join us."

Rhimes adds, "I make television filled with the kinds of characters I imagine we all can be. Strong but flawed, human but extraordinary. Our characters are on television but the real world, the real world has Hillary Clinton."

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Tony Goldwyn, who plays President Fitzgerald Grant on Scandal, directed the paid political spot, and tells ET that Clinton is the "ultimate gladiator," making reference to a term used quite often on his ABC show. Because he and the women believe in Clinton so much, Goldwyn explains that it was really easy to pull the PSA together, which was shot in just one day.

"It's fun to direct commercials, and people are being paid to endorse something when it's people speaking from their heart because they believe passionately about something. That's always the most exciting thing to do," he said. "A lot of really busy people just showed up and took their Saturday to speak out about the way, the direction that they think this country needs to go."

Getting ready to talk business about our next President in Nashville. #ImWithHer @hillaryclinton

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The TV stars' endorsements come just a few weeks after Clinton visited the set of Scandal. "A good friend came by set today," Washington captioned a pic with the former Secretary of State. "Proud to say... #imwithher."

"It was just an impromptu thing that probably would never never come together if it was planned well in advance," Goldwyn said of Clinton's set visit. "The [former] secretary is a fan [of the show] and her staff certainly is and we are huge fans of hers. She just came by and we showed her around the sets and she met everybody. The crew was thrilled and it was a real treat. We kind of took her into our phony oval office and got her feedback on that."

Goldwyn recalled attempting to introduce the politician to one of the on-screen Secret Service agents, but soon realized the man was actually part of Clinton's security detail when he couldn't remember the performer's name. The 55-year-old actor joked of Clinton's visit, "Oh, we definitely fanned out more then she did!"

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