The ‘Scandal’ Stars Before They Were Gladiators

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Bellamy Young in 'CSI: Miami'
Bellamy Young in 'CSI: Miami'
CBS
Before she was the sly, conniving, politically brilliant Mellie Grant, Bellamy Young played Monica West on 'CSI: Miami.' She was pretty sly in this role too: a great preparation for 'Scandal.'
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Columbus Short in 'Stomp the Yard'
Columbus Short in 'Stomp the Yard'
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We'll miss Harrison now that he's been written off of 'Scandal.' But who can forget that one time when Columbus Short played alongside Chris Brown as DJ in 'Stomp the Yard'? Good times, good times.
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Guillermo Diaz in 'Half Baked'
Guillermo Diaz in 'Half Baked'
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Huck may be a dedicated Gladiator, but when Guillermo Diaz played Scarface in 'Half Baked' he had no problem quitting a job. His very NSFW goodbye to the fast food industry is a YouTube favorite.
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Guillermo Diaz in 'Stonewall'
Guillermo Diaz in 'Stonewall'
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Huck in drag? If you haven't met La Miranda in 'Stonewall,' you haven't lived!
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Kerry Washington in 'For Colored Girls'
Kerry Washington in 'For Colored Girls'
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Tyler Perry's adaptation of Ntozake Shange's choreopoem 'For Colored Girls...' turned out better than some fans of the book expected. Kerry Washington played a big role in that, as Kelly/Blue. Not unlike her role as D.C. fixer Olivia Pope, Washington's character was a social worker trying to solve some big problems in the community.
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Darby Stanchfield in 'Mad Men'
Darby Stanchfield in 'Mad Men'
AMC
Sassy Abby from 'Scandal' was on another brilliant drama series, being pretty kick ass. Darby Stanchfield played Helen Bishop, the first divorcee (and maybe first feminist) on 'Mad Men.'
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Jeff Perry in 'Grey's Anatomy'
Jeff Perry in 'Grey's Anatomy'
ABC
We're all still trying to figure out how Jeff Perry transformed from Meredith Grey's sweet, bumbling father, Thatcher, on 'Grey's Anatomy' to self-proclaimed 'political monster' Cyrus Beene. However he did it, we applaud him.
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Joshua Malina in 'The West Wing'
Joshua Malina in 'The West Wing'
NBC
Before getting with Shonda Rhimes, Joshua Malina teamed up with Aaron Sorkin on many-a-project, including 'The West Wing.' Like David Rosen, Will Bailey was a bit of an outsider, often in conflict with other characters but awesome nonetheless.
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Katie Lowes in 'Easy Money'
Katie Lowes in 'Easy Money'
The CW
'Easy Money' didn't last very long on The CW, but at least Katie Lowes got practice playing a character with "questionable morals" before she became our Quinn Perkins.
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Kerry Washington in 'Our Song'
Kerry Washington in 'Our Song'
IFC Films
Way back in 2000 Kerry Washington made her movie debut as Lanisha Brown in 'Our Song.'
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Scott Foley in 'Felicity'
Scott Foley in 'Felicity'
The WB
Scott Foley was Noel Crane in 'Felicity' back in the '90s. It's amazing how some people just get hotter and hotter... and hotter with time. Team Jake/Noel!
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Kerry Washington in 'I Think I Love My Wife'
Kerry Washington in 'I Think I Love My Wife'
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Kerry Washington played a very naughty girl as Nikki Tru in 'I Think I Love My Life' alongside Chris Rock. It's one thing to be in love with the President, but tempting a married man just for the fun of it? Bad Kerry! Bad!

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