Portia de Rossi Hounded Shonda Rhimes for ‘Scandal’ Role, Now Fighting to Stay Alive (Video)

“Arrested Development” star says she’s become obsessed with Twitter, live-tweeting during the show with fans

Portia de Rossi had a dream come true when she joined the cast of ABC’s “Scandal.” The “Arrested Development” star admitted on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Thursday that it took a bit of hounding creator Shonda Rhimes to make it happen.

“Hounding in Hollywood terms really means my agents called her agents more than was appropriate,” she said. But it worked, as she got a meeting followed by an akward phone call. When her agent told her he had “Scandal” news, she didn’t think of the show and instead thought she was embroiled in a scandal.

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“This is not the best way to tell me that I am about to be part of my absolute favorite TV show of all time,” de Rossi said.

But it all worked out, as de Rossi scored the role of Elizabeth North, the head of the Republican National Committee.

Knowing the mortality rate of Rhimes’ shows, de Rossi said she is doing everything in her power to stay alive as long as possible, including embracing her boss’ passion for live-tweeting during the show with its rabid fans.

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In fact, de Rossi says she is now obsessed with Twitter, telling Kimmel, “This is a wasted moment. I should be tweeting how I feel. Like you and me just chatting; I could be tweeting.”

Portia de Rossi can be seen on ABC’s “Scandal,” Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. “Jimmy Kimmel Live” airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.