Scandal fans had to do a double take when they watched President Joe Biden‘s White House press secretary Jen Psaki, 42, give her first daily briefings at the White House this week. Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan on ‘Scandal’. “Dear @PressSec, #1- If your boss forgets your name, slap a name tag on. Jen Psaki giving a brief at the White House. I see you Shonda!” the tweet read. (Everett Collection)
After Scandal‘s fans kept tweeting about the similarities between Abby and Jen, Darby, herself took to Twitter to tweet some tips for Jen while in character and it was amazing. (Fitz called me ‘Gabby’ for WEEKS Weary face) #2- Don’t get power hungry & try to get your friend killed. Ever,” her tweet read. “Jen Psaki is giving me boring Abby Whelan vibes and I’m LOVING it,” one Twitter user wrote. She has gone on to appear in the television show, Locke & Key as well as the films, Justine, Stargirl, and Mosquito. It won’t go well. “The new press secretary looking like Abby Whelan. The irony here is that Abby also had the role of White House press secretary before she became chief of staff to the fictional President Fitzgerald Grant on the series. See pics of the ladies here so you can judge for yourself. #3- No such thing as too much hairspray. She concluded her message by signing the tweet, “Best, ‘Red’ aka Sassy Abby Whelan.”
Darby’s response as Abby after ‘Scandal’ fans compared the character to the new White House press secretary Jen Psaki. “Did we get our real life Abby Whelan? As Jen Psaki made her entrance in the White House with her first briefings this week, fans compared her to Darby Stanchfield’s ‘Scandal’ character, Abby Whelan. (AP)
A third fan also suggested that Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes was behind Biden’s pick of Jen to maybe try and recreate the beloved show in real life. Lol,” another asked. (Courtesy of Twitter)
Darby played the role of Abby on Scandal, which was about Kerry Washington‘s character Olivia Pope and her crisis management firm, from 2012 until the series’ end in 2018, and was one of the most memorable characters on the show. The redhead’s resemblance to the television show‘s red-headed character, Abby Whelan, who was played by Darby Stanchfield, 49, was quickly brought up in tweets and other social media posts when she stood behind the podium.

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