Wereworldsurvivor keeping it real
Name a hit TV series and you’ve probably seen Bellamy Young in it, from “NCIS” and “The West Wing” to “Castle” and “The Mentalist.”
At the moment, though, she’s settled down, playing First Lady Mellie Grant in ABC’s hot Thursday night drama “Scandal.” She says she could get used to it.
“When you guest-star, you’re usually at the center of the dramatic arc, so that’s fun,” she says. “But being on this show is like being part of a happy, grateful family, and that’s something I’d really been wanting to do.”
Young has had multi-episode work on “Dirty Sexy Money” and “Criminal Minds,” but says “Scandal” is the right show for an extended stay.
Creator Shonda Rimes “can hook your heart and your brain,” says Young. “She has so much story to tell that we wind up talking faster just to get it all in.”
It doesn’t hurt that Mellie is a potent character — “the kind of First Lady,” says Young, “to whom you don’t want to say, ‘You’re ornamental, not functional.’ ”
Mellie probably owes a bit to Hillary Clinton, Young allows, and not just because her President husband, Fitz, is having an affair, in this case with A-list power player and Washington fixer Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington).
The fascinating twist there is that for political reasons, Olivia and Mellie sometimes end up on the same side.
“They’re a formidable team when they’re allies,” says Young. “They sometimes know better than Fitz what’s good for him.”
Young concedes that she doesn’t know where things will eventually go for Mellie, who recently had a separation and a baby. “We never know what’s ahead on our life journey, do we? But I think Mellie would like to be President herself some day.”
Young’s journey has taken her in 43 years from North Carolina to Yale to Oxford to Broadway to L.A., where life at the moment is good.
“Still single,” she says. “I haven’t had as much facility in that area, so maybe that triumph lies ahead of me. But I have a great circle of family and friends.”
As for future projects, she says she hasn’t lost her love for the stage.
“I’d love to go back and do theater,” she says. “There’s nothing like that instant response and the connection to a live audience.”
For the moment, though, she’s enjoying that rarest of all acting occasions — a steady job.
“This is the longest I’ve worked at any one place since I was on Broadway in New York,” she says. “And this year I got to take my Mom to Elton John’s Oscar party. That’s pretty cool.” - NYDailyNews.com.