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And what’s her dream role?

“I’ve never had an answer for that,” she said. “But my response now would be: a second season on this show. That would be my dream job.”

Chances look good. Roughly halfway through the first season’s seven episodes, “Scandal” has averaged in excess of 7 million viewers. It continues to pack weekly twists, with a dandy cliffhanger at season’s end. And in the middle of it all is Olivia.

“She’s such an exciting, complicated, interesting woman,” said Miss Washington, savoring the possibilities. “I’m still discovering her and I want to be her longer.”