‘Scandal’ Star Columbus Short on Harrison’s Moral Ambiguity: ‘He Goes With His Gut’

'Scandal' S2 Scoop
Kerry Washington teases what's to come in the second season.
One of Olivia Pope and Associates seemingly most trustworthy employees and “gladiators in a suit” on ABC’s sexy series, Scandal, is the Harrison Wright (Columbus Short).

Speaking with Short at the Paley Center for Media’s Fall TV Preview Panel recently he told Celebuzz, “It’s been great to play a character so strong. He’s very strong in his opinions, very strong in his stance politically, even though he has this moral ambiguity that he has.”

That moral ambiguity will be on display quite a bit when Season 2 begins on Thursday. “I think you’re going to see a lot of that this season with Harrison,” the actor said.

“His loyalty to Olivia [Kerry Washington] and also his loyalty to himself and his gut and what he feels is happening in his gut so that’s going to raise a lot of challenge. I think a lot of friction is going to come with that.”

What did Short tease to us about his role in the unveiling of ‘Who is Quinn Perkins’?

At the end of last season, fans were shocked when they learned that Quinn (Katie Lowes) was not who she said she was. When David (Joshua Malina) brought her into the Pope and Associates offices in handcuffs, we think it’s safe to say viewers’ jaws hit the floor.

When the second season begins, Harrison will be on the fence as to whether or not he thinks they should take on her case.

“I think I didn’t because of the unknown but I did because Harrison loves Quinn -that’s his friend,” Short, 30. “He hired her. There’s a little protective nature that Harrison has for Quinn. He’s like ‘What do I do?’ but he goes with his gut and my gut says I trust her.”

With the exit of Henry Ian Cusick’s Stephen for the second season, Harrison will also step into a closer role to Olivia as her confidant. “Every episode you’re going to see slowly that Harrison is – That’s her man – That’s her right hand man.”

Scandal premieres Thursday at 10 PM on ABC.

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