Yara Shahidi Makes ‘Scandal’ Debut As Young Olivia Pope


Thirteen-year-old actress Yara Shahidi snagged the role as young Olivia Pope on ABC’s hit show “Scandal”.

Yara appeared on the show for the first time on the Nov. 7 episode titled ‘Icarus’. In the show, Olivia Pope has a flashback of  herself as a child in the moment she found out here mother was killed in a plane crash.

The young star tweeted throughout the night about her excitement for the opportunity.

“So happy to be playing the young @kerrywashington oops I mean #youngoliviapope I love @scandalabc.”

In the past, Yara has appeared in print and television advertisements for companies including McDonald’s, Ralph Lauren, Target, Disney and Gap Kids.

She has appeared in the films Alex Cross, Salt and Imagine That and currently stars in the TV series “The First Family” as Chloe Johnson.

(Photo from Yara Shahidi Official Instagram)