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After recurring throughout the show’s fourth season, Portia de Rossi has been upped to series regular status for the upcoming fifth season of Scandal.
de Rossi played Elizabeth North, the Chairwoman of the Republican National Committee. Initially a rival of Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry), she ultimately became campaign manager on First Lady Mellie Grant’s run for the Senate. In the season finale she was appointed White House Chief Of Staff after Cyrus was fired.
The actress follows in the footsteps of Scott Foley, who initially started playing Jake Ballad in a recurring capacity before ultimately being bumped up to series regular status ahead of season three. With Portia de Rossi’s promotion, Scandal‘s main cast swells to some nine members, including Kerry Washington, Jeff Perry, Tony Goldwyn and Foley.
Scandal marks the latest series regular role for Portia de Rossi. She was previously a regular on such series as Ally McBeal and Arrested Development, the latter of which is closing in on a fifth season pick up at Netflix. The actress, repped by WME, was also to be part of the main cast of NBC’s Munster’s reboot Mockingbird Lane, but the project never made it to series.