Long before Shonda Rhimes culled her cast of characters for Scandal, the actors and actresses who make up the ensemble were stars in their own right.
We have your proof right here. Check out the Scandal cast members through the years and relive their respective paths to superstardom ...
While Scandal has made actors like Katie Lowes and Bellamy Young into household names, the majority of the cast were stars long before they hit the set of this D.C. political drama.
Take, for instance, Scott Foley.
Foley began his career as a heart throb on Dawson's Creek and solidified his status as Noel on Felicity. If you ask him, however, he'll play coy and say he doesn't see himself as hot.
He's clearly not looking into the right mirrors!! (His wife agrees with us!)
Kerry Washington, who plays Olivia Pope, has had success on screens large and small, with her first major role being that of Chenille in Save the Last Dance.
And then there's the third side of the Scandal love triangle: Tony Goldwyn.
He has a thing for playing bad guys as evidenced by films Ghost and Kiss the Girls. The jury's still out on whether or not his current role as President Fitzgerald Grant is good, bad, or both.
We'll find out when the series returns September 25.
In case you're behind, you have ONE WEEK to get caught up! So go watch Scandal online now and then get your popcorn and red wine ready!