It might be tempting to feel sorry for Mellie Grant, the seemingly heartbroken first lady whose husband prefers the company of Olivia Pope. But spend a little time with her, and it's clear she's no victim. Young plays Mellie to cold, hard perfection and viewers loved to hate her so much, she was bumped up to series regular this season. Young got her start on Broadway but quickly became a mainstay on network television on such shows as Dirty Sexy Money and Peacemakers. She first worked with Rhimes as a guest star on Grey's Anatomy. The actress also has a long list of film credits, including We Were Soldiers and Mission: Impossible III.
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