We catch up with Scandal star Katie Lowes ahead of the show’s PaleyFest panel on March 15.
The Paley Center for Media’s television festival, PaleyFest, rolls into Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre (6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood) later this week (March 11-20; visit PaleyFest to purchase tickets). Throughout the event, the stars and creators behind top shows like Scandal, Empire, and The Big Bang Theory will spill all of the juicy behind-the-scenes details during Q&A panels.
Ahead of the Scandal panel (March 15, 7:30 p.m.), we chatted with Katie Lowes, who plays Quinn Perkins in the hit ABC political drama, to find out why she’s excited for PaleyFest, what really goes down on set when the cameras aren’t rolling, and where she likes to hang out in LA.
Why should readers attend PaleyFest LA? KATIE LOWES: The whole cast is there and it just really gives fans the opportunity to ask all the behind-the-scenes questions that they want to. Of course, we try to do that on Twitter every single Thursday night, but PaleyFest is so fun because we’re doing it in person and we’re doing it all together. Last year was insane. It was so fun. Our fans are so passionate and opinionated and loyal and just fierce, and to get a lot of those people in one room is just really electric.
What can fans expect for the remainder of the season? KL: We are a few episodes ahead of what has actually aired. From what I can tell, it’s such a juicy season. I mean you can tell how much things have changed just from the fact that Olivia Pope is wearing color. In five seasons, we’ve never seen her do that before and I think it’s such a telling sign of how much she’s changing. You can expect to see a lot of different sides of Olivia Pope that you have not seen before. Quinn is, oh gosh, [she’s] just really such a badass. You’re going to see in the rest of the season all the things she truly learned about how to be a gladiator, how to kind of run and steer the ship, and how good she’s become at doing that. And, of course, there’s all the steamy, amazing, unexpected twists and turns and OMG moments that keep you on the edge of your seat. It’s really fun to be on a political show set in DC during an election year. Our writers and Shonda Rhimes are definitely inspired by the news and the headlines, and what’s going on today in our here and now.
You and your castmates all seem like genuinely good friends. What’s the dynamic like between all of you on set? KL: It’s so awesome. Everyone has an amazing part that they love and Shonda and the writers have done such a good job at like writing us all really juicy and multi-dimensional characters. We all genuinely love acting together because it’s just such a joy to go head to head with people who really do their work. And then everyone’s just hilarious. It’s crazy. We’re on such a dramatic show that has such high stakes. When the cameras aren’t rolling, me, Kerry, and Guillermo [Diaz] dance and sing and run around like idiots. We joke around a lot. We’ve been on the show for five years, so we all know everyone’s significant others and they’re all also in our lives. We get to see each other at events and we watch episodes together at Jeff Perry’s house on Sundays. We have potluck dinners. It truly feels like a family.
Where do you like to hang out in LA? KL: I love going to the ArcLight. I love going to Chateau Marmont for dinner. I’m a big eastsider so I love going to Barbrix for dinner, or The Oaks is a wonderful coffee shop kind of around where we shoot Scandal. [Also,] a new salad place opened called Sweetgreen that’s awesome.
Do you have any fun plans for the springtime? KL: My mom has a big birthday coming up, so my whole family is going on a boat tour down the Rhine River through Switzerland and Germany and ending up in Amsterdam. That’s going to be awesome. My goal and heart is set on going on a safari in Africa at some point in June. No concrete plans have been made yet, but keep your fingers crossed that I get there.