“Scandal” Needs More Columbus Short Stripping

Jessica Wakeman / April 28, 2013

“Josh Malina [who plays David Rosen] has left me messages that he’s a police detective and that he wants to question me. It’d scare the hell out of me. He did the same thing to Katie, saying he was a tabloid reporter and wanted scoop on the actors of ‘Scandal.’ He’s so bad. He’ll take our phones and tweet things like ‘I’m horny’ on Twitter and retweet it real fast. He’s a little shit. Me or Darby [Stanchfield, who plays Abby] are the more serious ones. For me, it’s because of my character. I try to stay low-key, in that Huck headspace. Columbus [Short, who plays Harrison] is the dancer. On Fridays after we wrap, he loves to give a little strip dance. He starts taking off his suspenders in front of everybody. Kerry [Washington, a.k.a. Olivia Pope] loves to sing; she’s a beautiful singer.”

Tucked into this New York magazine Q&A (with spoilers!!!!) with Guillermo Diaz, who plays Huck on “Scandal,” are a few tidbits about his cast members’ off-camera behavior. As it turns out, hottie Columbus Short (pictured), who sizzles with sexual tension alongside Olivia Pope as her righthand man Harrison, likes to strip down at cast parties. Shonda Rimes, if you have any humanity in your heart whatsoever, you will write this into a plot. [NYMag.com]