'Scandal' Recruiting 'Lost' Alums: Is Shonda Rhimes a Lostie?
Is Shonda Rhimes a big "Lost" fan? Recent "Scandal" casting certainly makes it seem that way… and we kind of love it.
On the heels of the announcement that Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) and Mellie's (Bellamy Young) two oldest children will finally appear onscreen when "Scandal" returns to wrap up Season 3, a connection between the two young stars cast to play the kids could not be denied: They both guest starred on "Lost" in pretty memorable roles.
Dylan Minnette, who will play Jerry Grant, played Jack's son David Shephard in several episodes of the ABC drama's final season; Madeline Carroll, who's been tapped to play Karen Grant, had a very special "Lost" episode as Annie, the girl who welcomed a young Ben Linus to the island and the Dharma Initiative in Season 3's "The Man Behind the Curtain." Here they both are from their "Lost" days:
"Scandal" has mastered the art of re-using so many Shondaland favorites, actors who've also appeared on Rhimes's other ABC series "Grey's Anatomy" and/or "Private Practice" (Minnette appeared on "Grey's" and Carroll appeared on both), all thanks to Rhimes's casting guru Linda Lowy. And in the past, "Scandal" superfans have noticed a lot of other "Scandal" casting connections — with the show borrowing several actors from the likes of "The Good Wife," "Gilmore Girls," "Everwood," and Aaron Sorkin's shows.
It seems like "Lost" alums are the latest bunch being poached.
Lowy didn't work on "Lost" — but her husband, "Scandal" star and "Grey's Anatomy" alum Jeff Perry, sure did! Here he is as Frank "Sawyer" Duckett, the man Sawyer (Josh Holloway) believed killed his mother, in Season 1's "Outlaws," side-by-side with Perry as "Scandal's" Cyrus Beene.
Other "Lost"-"Scandal" connections include Patrick Fischler, who played Dharma Initiative henchman Phil before being cast in an episode of "Grey's Anatomy" and then playing low-level NSA employee and privacy conspiracy theorist Artie Hornbacher on "Scandal" Season 2's "Hunting Season." Remember Thorngate? That guy.
Sam Anderson — known for playing Bernard of Rose and Bernard, one of "Lost's" sweetest couples — also came to play in "Scandal" Season 2 for "Spies Like Us," where he was one of Huck's (Guillermo Diaz) old spy cohorts, and not at all sweet. (And, yes, before you say it, he did an episode of "Grey's Anatomy" as well.)