'Scandal' star Darby Stanchfield explains why she wants to be a 'fly on the wall in the writers' room'

Darby Stanchfield, who has played Abby Whelan on "Scandal" for six seasons now, would do anything to be able to know what really goes on in the writers' room.

As she explained to AOL Entertainment during a recent sit down, the scene-stealing actress isn't sure which aspects of her DC-based show are intended to be a reflection of our contentious political climate and which are simply coincidental.

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"It's a really exciting time for creators on TV to grapple with that very question," Stanchfield said when we asked her about her show's approach to tackling politics in 2017. "That's some of the fun of getting to be someone like Shonda Rhimes: You get to explore themes that may or may not reflect real life. But I always want to be a fly on the wall in the writers' room. It's like, 'Is this just a coincidence, or is it a parallel?'"

Though it was recently announced that "Scandal" would be ending after seven seasons, Stanchfield has enjoyed her time with Rhimes (the show's creator), who she called "very collaborative."

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16: Darby Stanchfield attends the 2017 ABC Upfront on May 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 18: Actress Darby Stanchfield attends the Ultimate 'Scandal' Watch Party at The Paley Center for Media on May 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Actress Darby Stanchfield of Scandal attends Entertainment Weekly & People New York Upfronts at 849 6th Ave on May 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 08: Actress Darby Stanchfield attends ABC's 'Scandal' 100th episode celebration at Fig & Olive on April 8, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 09: Actress Darby Stanchfield is seen outside 'Good Morning Amreica' on May 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 29: Actress Darby Stanchfield visits Hollywood Today Live at W Hollywood on March 29, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 26: Actress Darby Stanchfield attends the 'Scandal' event at the Paley Center for Media's 34th annual PaleyFest at Dolby Theatre on March 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
SCANDAL - 'The Decision' - With the ugly truth behind Frankie's assassination revealed, a torn Olivia wonders how different her life - and the country - would be if she, Mellie and Cyrus had never rigged Fitz's election, on 'Scandal,' airing THURSDAY, APRIL 13 (9:01-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Mitch Haaseth/ABC via Getty Images) DARBY STANCHFIELD
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Darby Stanchfield attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 04: Actress Darby Stanchfield attends the 31st Annual American Society Of Cinematographers Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 4, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
SCANDAL - 'A Stomach for Blood' - The events leading up to election night are retold from Abby's perspective, revealing a formidable thirst for power and the explosive secret she's been keeping, on 'Scandal,' airing THURSDAY, MARCH 30 (9:01-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (John Fleenor/ABC via Getty Images) DARBY STANCHFIELD, AARON D. ALEXANDER
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 10: Actress Darby Stanchfield arrives at the 2017 Winter TCA Tour - Disney/ABC at the Langham Hotel on January 10, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
BURBANK, CA - OCTOBER 22: Actress Darby Stanchfield attends the 26th annual EMA Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on October 22, 2016 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
SCANDAL - ABC's 'Scandal' stars Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan. (Bob D'Amico/ABC via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Actress Darby Stanchfield arrives at the 23rd Annual ELLE Women In Hollywood Awards at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Actress Darby Stanchfield attends the premiere of Marvista Entertainment's 'Loserville' at ArcLight Hollywood on September 29, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Justin Baker/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 14: Bellamy Young and Darby Stanchfield attend the Jen Klein Day of Indulgence 2016 on August 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage)
SCANDAL - 'Survival of the Fittest' - The election results for the presidential race between Mellie Grant and Francisco Vargas are announced, and the shocking results lead to an explosive outcome, on the highly anticipated season premiere of 'Scandal,' airing on THURSDAY, JANUARY 19 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Tony Rivetti/ABC via Getty Images) DARBY STANCHFIELD
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 23: Actress Darby Stanchfield fill bags with fruit at Feeding America: Put The Heat On Hunger at Para Los Ninos on June 23, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 11: Darby Stanchfield attends Sierra Club, National Parks Conservation Assoc & EMA 'Give Back Day' to celebrate the National Park Service Centennial at Franklin Canyon Park on June 11, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Sierra Club & National Parks Conservation Assoc.)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 11: Karrueche Tran (L) and Darby Stanchfield attend Sierra Club, National Parks Conservation Assoc & EMA 'Give Back Day' to celebrate the National Park Service Centennial at Franklin Canyon Park on June 11, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Sierra Club & National Parks Conservation Assoc.)
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A couple of seasons ago, Abby's left Olivia Pope & Associates to join the White House administration as Press Secretary, and she recently reached the "peak" of her professional career as President Grant's right-hand woman. As she explained to us, Stanchfield was particularly pleased with the writing when it came to Abby's relationship with Fitz because of what wasn't included.

"I love that they didn't particularly jump into bed together," she told us of Abby and Fitz. "It would've been such an easy thing to write, because that's such a common theme [in television]. I love the way the writers treated it. It was an unexpected partnership, and she sort of becomes his work wife, which I loved."

Stanchfield's six years on "Scandal" has led her to some memorable experiences offscreen, as well. She recently traveled to Indonesia to visit Pure Leaf's awe-inspiring tea estates for a closer look at how their teas are made and manufactured. It was an experience that she called "incredibly moving."

"I had no idea what I was getting into," she told us about her trip, which was the subject of the documentary Journey with a Tea Master. "It was incredibly moving for me. I kept getting choked up, because I was so taken aback by the beauty and true care of it. I had no idea that the quality of tea had so much to do with how carefully you picked the tea leaf and how you treated it when you're blending and drying and rolling it. So, to get to see it from the very seed all the way up to the bottling process was amazing. I was just so overcome that it was a true art, and there was so much craftsmanship involved."

Stanchfield credits her Alaskan roots for giving her adequate preparation for the refreshingly rustic experience.

"That's why it was a good fit," she said with a laugh. "We were out in such a remote place, and the elements, the earth, the weather are all larger than life. I felt immediately at home."

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SCANDAL - From the creator and executive producers of 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Private Practice' comes a drama revolving around the life and work of a professional crisis manager and her dysfunctional staff. 'Scandal' stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, Henry Ian Cusick as Stephen Finch, Columbus Short as Harrison Wright, Guillermo Diaz as Huck, Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan, Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins, Tony Goldwyn as President Fitzgerald Grant and Jeff Perry as Cyrus. 'Scandal' was written by Shonda Rhimes. Rhimes and Betsy Beers are executive producers. Paul McGuigan is the director. 'Scandal' is produced by ABC Studios.(Photo by Danny Feld/ABC via Getty Images)KERRY WASHINGTON
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