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'
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.
Photo: Screen Gems via Everett Collection
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Guillermo Diaz in 'Half Baked'
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.
Photo: Universal via Everett Collection
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Guillermo Diaz in 'Stonewall'
Huck in drag? If you haven't met La Miranda in 'Stonewall,' you haven't lived!
Photo: Strand Releasing via Everett Collection
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Kerry Washington in 'For Colored Girls'
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.
Photo: Lions Gate via Everett Collection
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Darby Stanchfield in 'Mad Men'
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'
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'
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'
'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'
Way back in 2000 Kerry Washington made her movie debut as Lanisha Brown in 'Our Song.'