Entertainment Weekly asked Art Streiber to photograph the cast of the smash ABC hit Scandal for the magazine’s Fall TV Preview issue. Below, he talks about how he approached the shoot, as well as admires the overall fabulosity and generosity of Kerry Washington…
“Everyone in my family is a HUGE Scandal fan, so the news of my working with the entire cast of the ABC hit series was met with screams, howls, and tears at our house. To give a little bit more perspective on our intense devotion to the show, at the end of the season two finale in May, at the moment of the big ‘reveal,’ my older daughter literally fell off the couch.
And meeting the cast at Sunset Gower studios in Hollywood (where the show is produced) was a joy. They were all wonderfully considerate and gracious, especially Kerry Washington.
Kerry is absolutely as beautiful in person as she is onscreen and a complete natural in front of the camera, which is rare for most actors and actresses. In general, without a role to inhabit, blocking to execute, or dialogue to repeat, the majority of actors I photograph are quite nervous to be photographed. Not Kerry.
Kerry was superb—in the group shot, in the triple with costars Scott Foley and Tony Goldwyn, and on her own as we shot singles. And like I said, she was incredibly gracious, introducing herself to everyone on the crew as she arrived and thanking everyone on the crew as she left.
Entertainment Weekly had asked me to do a group shot of the cast of 10 actors, the White House team, and the Pope & Associates team. Due to the production’s shooting schedule, I had to photograph the warring factions separately, one group at a time, which meant keeping track of everyone’s placement and eye lines so that the final comp looked as legit as possible.
And Tony Goldwyn? As handsome and charming as he is on the show. After she promised to keep it together, I brought my ‘falling off the couch’ daughter to the show, and she and Tony spent a few minutes discussing their (other) favorite television show. My daughter insisted that Pretty Little Liars was worth watching, while Tony expressed his love for Breaking Bad.
Finally, we had photographed the “Pope & Associates” cast first, so when it came time to photograph the White House team, we needed to give Tony an eye line, as if Kerry were sitting there. So…I asked my daughter to sit in for Kerry… And she managed NOT to fall off the chair.”
Kory Kennedy, design director
Lisa Berman, photography director
Matthew Levinson, senior associate photo editor