Meet Olivia Pope's Secret New Hire on 'Scandal': Cornelius Smith Jr.

by Raphael Chestang 4:21 PM PDT, October 22, 2015
Playing Meet Olivia Pope's Secret New Hire on 'Scandal': Cornelius Smith Jr.

Cornelius Smith Jr. is the newest addition to the Scandal cast, and the 33-year-old actor dished to ET about his character before his big debut.

"Olivia [played by Kerry Washington] is in crisis mode," Cornelius explained. "She has a lot going on, and she's kind of seeking some help from the Gladiators. They came to my character to seek assistance."

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Cornelius has now become a series regular after appearing in two episodes last season. This season, Olivia must face Congress about her affair with the president. Fortunately for her, she has Marcus Walker (Cornelius) by her side.

"When you're not suggesting Olivia Pope is an angry black woman, you're implying she's a homewrecker who slept her way to the top," Marcus says in a clip, chastising reporters.

Unfortunately for us, Cornelius has been kept in the dark as to where his character is headed.

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"I have no idea what's going to be in store for Marcus -- if there's a love story, who that might be, where he ends up. I'm kind of finding that out. Not at the same time as you guys, but right now, I know nothing."

Scandal airs Thursday nights at 9 ET/PT on ABC.