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“When they first hired me I asked where is all this going. They told me I’d be Olivia Pope’s dad and we’re not going to reveal it until the last 2 lines of the last episode of the season. I said ‘I’ll take it’ and they said ‘Well you can’t tell anyone, including Kerry.’ And it helped. Given who Rowan is, someone who harbors all these secrets, it was just one more that I had to hold on to.”

So will Morton give any clues as to what’s in the envelope?

“If I tell you some people would die a serious death,” he says. (We’re not entirely sure he’s kidding.) An accomplished actor who’s been in the business for almost 40 years, Morton, 65, comes by his shady persona quite naturally – his father was a U.S. Army intelligence officer. Despite all the roles he’s done, he can figure that this one will gain him the kind of recognition and attention he’s never before seen. According to Morton, it’s already happening.

“The last time I got on the airplane, one of the flight attendants chased me down the runway. On my way to the airport, I was in the car and a woman pulled up next to me and said ‘I know who you are. You’re Olivia Pope’s daddy.”

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