1. Khandi Alexander
Treme‘s Khandi Alexander casted to play Olivia’s mother!
2. Jenifer Lewis
With over 60 film credits, Lewis is the consummate movie mom. Her wit and no-nonsense attitude is a perfect fit to play Mama Pope.
3. Phylicia Rashad
The Tony Award winning actress played America’s favorite TV mother Claire Huxtable on “The Cosby Show” and even Morton admitted that she would be his first choice if the brought Olivia Pope’s mother to the screen somehow.
4. Debbie Morgan
Morgan made television history as part the first Black super-couple on daytime soap “All My Children.” Morgan is a master when it comes to giving a a good on screen cry, which complement Olivia’s Pope’s weepy lip quiver.
5. CCH Pounder
Pounder is no stranger to playing powerful matriarchs. She voiced Moat, Neytiri’s (Zoe Saldana) mother and spiritual leader of the Omaticaya clan in the 2009 blockbuster “Avatar.” Audiences may also remember her guest stint as Maxine Shaw’s mother on “Living Single.”
6. Dana Delany
The Emmy winning actress spent four seasons on the critically acclaimed series “China Beach” (1988-1991) as tough as nails militry nurse Colleen Murphy. She could definitely go toe to toe with Rowan Pope.
7. Vanessa Williams
Fans of “Ugly Betty” had a love/hate relationship with high powered editrix Wilhemina Slater. Wilhemina was ruthless and manipulative, but was the epitome of fashion perfection – much like Olivia Pope.
8. Lynn Whitfield
The award winning actress gave a show-stopping performance in the 1991 HBO movie “The Josephine Baker” story. Whitfield can also play crazy like no one’s business, as Martin Lawrence’s spurned ex-lover in the 1996 thriller “Thin Line Between Love And Hate.”
9. Jasmine Guy
The running joke on Twitter is that Morton’s character Rowan is so angry because he is still mad that Jasmine Guy’s Whitley Gilbert left his character Byron at the altar on “A Different World” and that bringing on Guy as Olivia’s mother would close the loop and be a wink to the audience.
10. Valarie Pettiford
Petitford brought the laughs as bougie and materialistic matriarch Dee Dee Thorne on the UPN sitcom “Half and Half.” Petitford’s extensive theater background makes her perfectly suited to bring the drama in “Scandal.”