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Friday May 10, 2013

LOS ANGELES -- She wouldn’t even serve up a little taste.

When asked for details about next week’s "Scandal" finale on ABC, the best that series star Kerry Washington would do was lift the cover off the pot, then quickly replace it, leaving us with just an aroma.

But it was a mouth-watering tease.

"I can tell you that, at the season finale, people were gasping and screaming at the table read," Washington said. "(There was) crying and laughing, and we were shocked to the core -- to the core!"

Just a year ago, you might have recognized Washington from her supporting roles in films such as "Ray," "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" and "The Last King of Scotland."

But thanks to the success of "Scandal," her star finally looms above the character-actor fray. Today, Washington’s Twitter followers are in seven figures, and millions more tune in each week to see what her "Scandal" character -- Washington crisis manager Olivia Pope -- is going to fix next.

"Because I’ve been a character actor for most of my entire career, I haven’t really been recognized in the street in the way that I am now," Washington observed. "So, it’s crazy now."

Washington had a key role in director Quentin Tarantino’s "Django Unchained," and returns to the big screen this weekend in the family comedy "Peeples."

The "Scandal" season-two finale airs Thursday at 10 p.m.