‘Scandal’ Finds Olivia Pope’s Mom in ‘Treme’s’ Khandi Alexander

The actress will appear on the ABC series in flashbacks starting Thursday

Last Updated: July 10, 2014 @ 8:22 PM

“Scandal” has found Olivia Pope’s (Kerry Washington) mother!

Khandi Alexander has been cast as the enigmatic figure, Maya Lewis, a show representative told TheWrap.

We’re told the 56-year-old actress will debut on Thursday’s episode via flashbacks in the recurring role.

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She arrives just as the ABC drama revealed that Olivia’s off-and-on lover, President Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn), may have shot down a plane that her mother was traveling on. Wait, there’s more: It was by order of her father, Rowan (Joe Morton).

Alexander currently plays LaDonna Batiste-Williams on HBO’s “Treme,” which returns with its fourth and final season on Dec. 1. Her other major TV credits include CBS’s “CSI: Miami,” NBC’s “ER” and “Newsradio.”

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The NAACP Image Award winner is represented by Resolution and Gallant Management.

“Scandal” airs Thursdays at 10/9c on ABC.