'Scandal' Deep Thoughts: Bellamy Young on Mellie's Crazy Year and Whether or Not Little Jerry's Big Sneeze Was Contagious
We still have a bit of a "Scandal" hangover, and we're not alone.
"I'm in withdrawal," Bellamy Young told Yahoo TV, which makes sense considering Mellie's season of insanity. "It's been a crazy year. And she's been through so much this season — last year was the pregnancy and the birth and everything, but this year was the rape and the affair and my son dying, and oh! It's been a lot."
Now in post-"Scandal" decompression mode, Young is recording a new album of covers — "I want people to remember that I sing!" — including Ray LaMontagne's "Shelter." Yep, we've seen the old clips of her on Broadway, but now we just really want Shonda Rhimes to find a reason to let Mellie sing.
In the meantime, there were a lot of threads left dangling in that Season 3 finale, including one Young says she didn't dare even think of: Little Jerry (Dylan Minette) sneezed all over Mellie before he collapsed from (and later died of) meningitis. Is Mellie the next one infected? "Scandal Season 4: The Outbreak"? Keep reading…
Drunk Mellie: Happy face!
I know! It's such a joy to play. I know it sounds so wrong, but I just love it anytime we sit down at the table read and it says, "Mellie. Obviously angry. Drinking something that isn't coffee." They write it so well — they always say why you're doing what you're doing, because we're always acting some crazy way. I mean, it is high drama! But they always give you all the reasons you would act like that, so if you just follow their words, it makes you look like a good actor. But I do work on that drunk stuff hard because that can go so sideways…
Practice makes perfect...
[Laughs.] Exactly. It's all been for the purpose of science! And art!
But drunk Fitz: Sad face.
I know. Such extraordinary circumstances, and these are only people… he couldn't even get the drink to his mouth, the grief was so all-consuming. Of all the stuff we've pulled this year, that hurt me hardest. Especially at the table read… I was steeled for a few things that might go down, but I never, never, never thought they'd kill little Jerry. It rocked me. It really rocked me. It was hard to shoot… and Tony [Goldwyn], who's such an incredible father in real life, it really laid him flat, too.
So no one knew it was coming when they brought the kids in? I thought maybe this "Scandal" death would be different for some reason…
No, not at all. As in Dan [Bucatinsky]'s case, Dylan got a heads-up a couple hours before the table read, so he didn't have to get hit with it in front of all of us. But we were just… as a family, he brought such a beautiful truth to little Jerry, and we were so excited to finally meet the kids. To have one snatched away in such Greek drama fashion… oh, it was awful.
As I was watching and freaking out with the rest of Twitter, I was also GIFing Jerry's sneeze before he died. And then I was Googling meningitis. Turns out meningitis is highly contagious, and most commonly passed through sneezing on someone. Now I'm worried about Mellie's health.
Oh no, I didn't... I don't Google things about medicine on the Internet because I get myself all worked up. But now I'll be all worked up! I don't know! He did, he sneezed all over me, there was blood all over my blazer… oh thanks Maggie, now I'm terrified.