‘Scandal's’ Dan Bucatinsky Talks Show's ‘Subversive’ Gay Relationship

'Scandal's' Dan Bucatinsky Talks Show's 'Subversive' Gay Relationship

From left, Jeff Perry as Cyrus, Dan Bucatinsky as James. (ABC/Eric McCandless)

The Emmy winner discusses his explosive on-screen marriage and where the ABC drama starts off for Season 3

Emmy-winning “Scandal” star Dan Bucatinsky plays one-half of the ABC drama's most explosive couple – aside from Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and President Grant (Tony Goldwyn), of course.

In “Scandal,” the marriage of James (Bucatinsky) and White House Chief of Staff, Cyrus (Jeff Perry) is filled with danger, frustration and manipulation. Gay marriage itself is not an issue on Shonda Rhimes’ DC-set series.

“The issue is not really our right to be married or our right to have children,” Bucatinsky told TheWrap. “That's taken as a given. And in doing so, it allows the drama of the actual scene and situation to come through without an agenda. In that way it's subversive in itself.”

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Bucatinsky credits “Scandal's” writers for creating a world that treats James and Cyrus’ marriage just like any other relationship on the series. “It's such a heightened world and I think it's so brilliantly written,” he said.

The episode that nabbed Bucatinsky the Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama series was Season 2's Episode 13, which featured a heated argument between James and Cyrus that left them both naked in the end.

“Shonda and the team of writers wrote these little one-act plays in the middle of these episodes in Season 2 that Jeff Perry and I were so lucky to be able to perform,” he said. “They're personal and they're deep and they're profound and they're heart-wrenching and they make us naked and vulnerable and yet mean to each other, we run the gamut.”

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When the series returns on Thursday, it picks up right where the series left off and delves right into the surprise cliffhanger at the end of Season 2.

“There's going to be a huge preoccupation with who leaked the information about the president's affair,” he said. “It's going to be huge in the first couple episodes for Mellie [Bellamy Young] and Cyrus. Once again, we're back in an extremely fraught, emotionally tense episode that's just as heart pounding as the one before it where they're literally trying to stop a leak. Who did it? What happened? And how will they quote, unquote ‘handle it.'”

“Scandal” returns Thursday at 10/9c on ABC.

  • Bethie

    Love Scandal! It is the best drama ever! I love James and Cyrus and their Love for each other like it's the most natural thing for them to be together!! I Love Olivia too (I secretly want to be her, both her character in scandal, and her in real life)I love all the Gladiators! I love them all! Yes even that cheating President!! Lol

  • yes on ate

    Y is it when two Gays kiss… one looks like the agressor and the other looks like confused… their in a trance backing away like they really dont wanna b their… U ever notice… C how in the pic the guys hand is behind his neck forcing him on it…. I'll tell ya.. one possed with satan and the other is week…. lady like… you know it's like when a woman sits by a man in a normal situation… the man thinks with wrong head and lays a kiss on her and lands it but she doesn't respond while backing off… feels awkwards… THATS IT! gays are awkward's…..

  • Alias Darker

    this show is propaganda for the NWO

  • Bruce

    I'm done with scandal. I am no longer going to watch it. I feel gay is being shoved down my throat. I have no problem with gays and have gay friends but they are a minority and its portrayed as a majority.It seems like more and more TV shows and movies are showing gay relationships as the norm. Gay is not the norm. Heterosexual relationships are the norm.