He Always Wears the White Hat- Scandal’s Joshua Malina

SCANDAL - ABC's "Scandal" stars Joshua Malina as David Rosen. (ABC/CRAIG SJODIN)

Fall is the season for football, back to school, and returning series. One of those returning series is the ABC hit series “Scandal” . Entering the fifth season, Washington has been blown apart and nothing is the same for the characters in Olivia Pope’s world. One of those characters is Attorney General , David Rosen, played by Joshua Malina. Taking some time away from the set, I chatted on the phone today with Joshua about his career, his family, and of course “Scandal.”

Joshua has been in the business for about twenty five years .This isn’t his first time in the White House though, before “Scandal”, Joshua was known as Will Bailey on “The West Wing.” His association with Aaron Sorkin goes way back and when asked what were the similiarities between Sorkin and Shonda Rhimes, he told me that each of them write for the characters and these included long pages of dialogue. He proudly proclaimed he was a student of the “School of Sorkin”. Yale trained, he said that the role is all about the text.” The writer should tell the story, , not the actor. ” Joshua also had some interesting insights about his character as well. “David seems to be the odd man out. He is the character that is the closest to wearing the white hat. It seems more like a grey hat since he has also done questionable things like the other characters. He is also the odd man out since David is a democrat in a Republican White House.”

I asked about the other members of the cast and reminded Joshua that he was the lead name going into the series. The others were relatively unknown except for him. He told me that he was originally a fan of Tony Goldwyn’s theater work. Joshua also told me about a pre -Scandal project that he did “From the Earth to the Moon.” Along with Joshua, others who appeared in the prestigious mini series were George Newbern (Charlie), Tom Verika, (producer and director) and Tony Goldwyn (Fitz and also sometimes director) . Surprisingly enough, none of the actors worked in the same scenes but discussed this when they were cast in the show. “People would like to think that we are these back stabbing actors who vie for scenes and larger dressing rooms. Nothing could be further than the truth. We all have been around this business long enough to know when we have got a sweet ride. We sickingly get along with each other and support each other in all of our outside endeavors.”

Joshua also has a bit of a reputation of being a practical joker. He has always fancied himself as more of a comical actor than a dramatic one. It surprises him that at this stage of the game he is on a dramatic show. Another of his passions is music. He has loved participating with the Harrisburg Symphony in several Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. if he could do a dream role in a musical he said he would love to play Nathan Detroit in “Guys and Dolls.” Since Rhimes had pushed the envelope with a musical episode of “Grey’s Anatomy”, I asked him if there would be a musical “Scandal” , he thought it would be a great idea since there are so many talented singers on the show. He also said that he might just bring that up to Shonda. He laughed as he told me about one of his greatest jokes that he played on the cast of “West Wing”  He sent roses to Jimmy Smits and signed Bradley Whitford’s name to the note on his own stationary. The note was of a suggestive nature and Josh told me that Jimmy was quite pissed.

Along with his career, Joshua values his family. When I asked him if he would encourage his children if they wanted to follow in Dad’s footsteps , he emphatically said no. His latest project includes working at his wife’s store “Isarose.” which is located in Pacific Palisades. The store sells flowers and gifts and is quite popular due to Josh’s activity on social media. He is delighted in wife , Melissa’s opening her store. “She supported me in my dream for twenty five years, I am more than happy to support hers. ”

Joshua said that he is excited about Season Five and couldn’t say much, he did say that gladiators are going to be happy with the show. He also urged gladiators to watch the show live . I know I will. “Scandal” returns to TGIT on September 24.

SCANDAL - ABC's "Scandal" stars Bellamy Young as First Lady Mellie Grant, Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan, Jeff Perry as Cyrus, Tony Goldwyn as President Fitzgerald Grant, Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, Scott Foley as Jake Ballard, Joshua Malina as David Rosen, Guillermo Diaz as Huck  and Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins.  (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

Here is Joshua with the other members of the cast . He assures gladiators that they will be pleased with Season Five

Joshua and Meli

Joshua  fully supports his wife , Melissa in her new endeavor , Isarose. She is the proprietor of a gift /flower shoppe located in Pacific Palisades


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