Darby Stanchfield: ‘Scandal’ series finale ‘does not disappoint'

It’s an end of an era in TV! Scandal will air its final episode on Thursday, April 19, and the cast gets emotional just thinking about it. Darby Stanchfield, who portrays Abby Whelan on the ABC drama, explained to Us Weekly that saying goodbye to the cast she’s worked with for six years isn’t an easy task.

“It’s incredibly emotional. It’s a roller coaster,” Stanchfield, 46, told Us exclusively at the Fulfillment Fund’s A Legacy of Changing Lives event on Tuesday, March 13. “Everyone is kind of leaving at different times. We have three days left [of filming], but there are some actors wrapped now. It’s sort of a goodbye everyday.”

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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
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)STANDING: GUILLERMO DIAZ, COLUMBUS SHORT, JEFF PERRY, TONY GOLDWYN, HENRY IAN CUSICK;SEATED: DARBY STANCHFIELD, KATIE LOWES, KERRY WASHINGTON
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)TONY GOLDWYN, KERRY WASHINGTON
SCANDAL - 'Hell Hath No Fury' - The team reluctantly decides to help a millionaire's son accused of rape, but regardless of the facts, public perception is a hard thing to change, and this is one case that the team might not be able to win. Meanwhile, Olivia still insists on taking Amanda Tanner as a client, but is unable to put her own past with the President behind her when Amanda's first request is a meeting with the President, on 'Scandal,' THURSDAY, APRIL 19 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images) KERRY WASHINGTON
SCANDAL - 'Enemy of the State' - After the Amanda Tanner case takes a shocking turn, one-time friends Olivia and Cyrus take heated, opposing viewpoints, and Cyrus tries to help in investigating the personal lives of Olivia and her associates. Meanwhile Olivia and her team help a dictator locate his wife and children who have been allegedly kidnapped, and Quinn goes out with a reporter seeking information, on 'Scandal,' THURSDAY, APRIL 26 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Richard Cartwright/ABC via Getty Images) DARBY STANCHFIELD, GABRIEL MORALES, VALERIE CRUZ, JOS�Z�IGA, KERRY WASHINGTON
SCANDAL - 'Grant: For the People' When Quinn finds herself in a tragic and compromising position, Olivia and the team rush to her side; all the while, a reluctant Cyrus must turn to Olivia when Billy Chambers makes an announcement that shakes Fitz's presidency to its' core, on the stunning Season Finale of 'Scandal,' THURSDAY, MAY 17 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Richard Cartwright/ABC via Getty Images) KERRY WASHINGTON
SCANDAL - 'Till Death Do Us Part' - As Olivia deals with the aftermath of what she's done, she finally finds out what exactly Jake and Rowan are plotting. But with their plans already in motion, Olivia is forced to make a gut-wrenching attempt to try and stop it. Meanwhile, in flashbacks, we learn more about Jake's past and how he first got involved with B6-13, on an all-new 'Scandal,' THURSDAY APRIL 21 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Nicole Wilder/ABC via via Getty Images) KERRY WASHINGTON
SCANDAL - Olympic Gold Medalist Allyson Felix visited with the cast of ABC's 'Scandal,' on Thursday, August 17, 2012. (Photo by Danny Feld / ABC via Getty Images) ALLYSON FELIX, KERRY WASHINGTON
SCANDAL - 'Spies Like Us' - Olivia receives an anonymous letter containing a coded warning which could expose Huck's dark past. Meanwhile another Pope & Associates secret has already been exposed and Olivia asks Harrison to step up and handle it. And in the White House, Cyrus and Fitz are dealing with the ramifications of Cyrus' husband's first front page news story, on ABC's 'Scandal,' THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15 (10:02-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. ((Vivian Zink ABC/ via Getty Images) KERRY WASHINGTON, DARBY STANCHFIELD
SCANDAL - 'Defiance' - Harrison leads the team in managing a billionaire businessman who seems to have lost his sanity; meanwhile, Olivia and the White House prepare to celebrate the President's 50th birthday, as James continues to investigate Cytron and discovers something that could change the fate of the country, on ABC's 'Scandal,' THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29 (10:02-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Vivian Zink ABC via Getty Images) KERRY WASHINGTON
SCANDAL- 'Happy Birthday, Mr. President' - In the wake of a tragedy connected to the White House, Olivia returns as Press Secretary to handle a catastrophic crisis, on 'Scandal,' THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6 (10:02-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Kelsey McNeal ABC via Getty Images) TONY GOLDWYN, KERRY WASHINGTON, BELLAMY YOUNG
SCANDAL - 'Happy Birthday, Mr. President' - In the wake of a tragedy connected to the White House, Olivia returns as Press Secretary to handle a catastrophic crisis, on 'Scandal,' THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6 (10:02-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images) TONY GOLDWYN, KERRY WASHINGTON
SCANDAL - 'Nobody Likes Babies' - As David uncovers the truth about the Cytron case, things come to a head for Olivia, Cyrus, Mellie, Hollis and Verna. Backed into a corner, the five conspirators go to extremes and, in some cases, unconscionable lengths to protect themselves and/or the ones they love, on ABC's 'Scandal,' THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7 (10:02-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Richard Cartwright/ABC via Getty Images) KERRY WASHINGTON, TONY GOLDWYN
SCANDAL - 'Truth or Consequences' - After discovering the truth about the rigged White House election, the 'Gladiators in Suits' realize that a quickly unraveling Olivia may not always wear the white hat. Meanwhile, Mellie is forced to take extreme measures to try and reel Fitz in, on ABC's 'Scandal,' THURSDAY, JANUARY 31 (10:02-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Danny Feld / ABC via Getty Images)) KERRY WASHINGTON, KATIE LOWES, COLUMBUS SHORT, GUILLERMO DIAZ, DARBY STANCHFIELD
SCANDAL - 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot' -After discovering the truth behind defiance, Fitz is still struggling to figure out whom he can actually trust. Meanwhile Olivia is trying to move on with her life, and she meets a handsome stranger, Jake Weston (Scott Foley), who sparks her interest. But when Fitz and Olivia are forced to be in the same room again, real sparks fly and things get heated. Back at Pope & Associates, the team handles a new case, and for the first time they're working with David Rosen instead of against him, on ABC's 'Scandal,' THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14 (10:02-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ron Tom/ABC via Getty Images) DAN BUCATINSKY, JEFF PERRY, KERRY WASHINGTON
SCANDAL - ABC's 'Scandal' stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope. (Photo by Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images)
SCANDAL - 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner' - Through flashbacks we learn more about Olivia's estranged relationship with her father. Meanwhile, both the White House and Pope & Associates are still in the middle of cleaning up the very big and very public mess they created, on 'Scandal,' THURSDAY OCTOBER 10 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Danny Feld/ABC via Getty Images) KERRY WASHINGTON
SCANDAL - 'A Door Marked Exit' - Now that the truth is out there, things will never be the same and everyone will have to face the consequences of their actions, on ABC's 'Scandal,' THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Danny Feld/ABC via Getty Images) KERRY WASHINGTON, TONY GOLDWYN
SCANDAL - 'No Sun on the Horizon' - A well prepared Fitz gets thrown a curve ball during the first presidential debate, Olivia receives shocking news and is forced to make an extremely difficult decision, and the gladiators work with a powerful CEO accused of murder. Meanwhile, one dirty little secret could lead to deadly consequences, on ABC's 'Scandal,' THURSDAY, MARCH 13 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) KERRY WASHINGTON, JEFF PERRY
SCANDAL - 'We Do Not Touch the First Ladies' - Old feelings and jealousies arise at a Presidential event causing Fitz to face a harsh reality. Meanwhile, Quinn tries to prove herself to B613 and Leo Bergen sets up a meeting between Sally and an old friend, on ABC's 'Scandal,' THURSDAY, MARCH 6 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.(Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) BELLAMY YOUNG, KERRY WASHINGTON
SCANDAL - 'Inside the Bubble' - An old friend (Sonya Walger) returns for help after her daughter goes missing, Cyrus has an awkward run in during a business breakfast, and Jake uses his connections to get some answers. Meanwhile, Mellie becomes obsessed with a national news story and David goes to great lengths to prove himself, on 'Scandal,' THURSDAY OCTOBER 9 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) KERRY WASHINGTON, SCOTT FOLEY
SCANDAL - ''I'm Just a Bill' - With Rowan back in town, the stakes are at an all-time high for the team trying to take down B613. Meanwhile, Olivia gets a call that the mayor's wife has been murdered and is asked to take on the case. Back in the White House, Fitz needs help getting a very important bill to pass, but when he looks to the VP for support, she proves that she's not an easy pushover like everyone once thought, on 'Scandal,' THURSDAY, APRIL 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ron Batzdorff/ABC via Getty Images) KERRY WASHINGTON, CORNELIUS SMITH JR.
SCANDAL - ''I'm Just a Bill' - With Rowan back in town, the stakes are at an all-time high for the team trying to take down B613. Meanwhile, Olivia gets a call that the mayor's wife has been murdered and is asked to take on the case. Back in the White House, Fitz needs help getting a very important bill to pass, but when he looks to the VP for support, she proves that she's not an easy pushover like everyone once thought, on 'Scandal,' THURSDAY, APRIL 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ron Batzdorff/ABC via Getty Images) KATIE LOWES, KERRY WASHINGTON, GUILLERMO DIAZ
SCANDAL - 'Dog-Whistle Politics' - Eager to get answers, Jake unexpectedly crosses paths with someone he thought he'd never see again. Meanwhile, Huck and Quinn recruit a familiar face to help smooth over the media storm surrounding Olivia, and Fitz quickly finds out the true cost of mercy when he discovers not everyone fully supports his actions, on 'Scandal,' THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/John Fleenor) KERRY WASHINGTON
SCANDAL - 'Thwack' - The election is in full swing, which means everyone is doing their best to take down their opponents, but when a potential leak threatens several candidates, they have to work together to keep their secrets safe. Boundaries are pushed and lines are crossed as we find out just how far some people are willing to go to protect themselves, on a shocking-new 'Scandal,' THURSDAY APRIL 7 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Richard Cartwright/ABC via via Getty Images) KERRY WASHINGTON, TONY GOLDWYN
SCANDAL - 'Till Death Do Us Part' - As Olivia deals with the aftermath of what she's done, she finally finds out what exactly Jake and Rowan are plotting. But with their plans already in motion, Olivia is forced to make a gut-wrenching attempt to try and stop it. Meanwhile, in flashbacks, we learn more about Jake's past and how he first got involved with B6-13, on an all-new 'Scandal,' THURSDAY APRIL 21 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) SCOTT FOLEY, KERRY WASHINGTON
SCANDAL - 'That's My Girl' - As each presidential candidate gets ready to announce their running mate, Olivia finds herself in a potentially dire situation. Meanwhile, Cyrus is presented with damaging information that could alter the presidential race entirely, on the season finale of 'Scandal,' THURSDAY, MAY 12 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Richard Cartwright) KERRY WASHINGTON
SCANDAL - 'That's My Girl' - As each presidential candidate gets ready to announce their running mate, Olivia finds herself in a potentially dire situation. Meanwhile, Cyrus is presented with damaging information that could alter the presidential race entirely, on the season finale of 'Scandal,' THURSDAY, MAY 12 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Byron Cohen/ABC via Getty Images) SCOTT FOLEY, KERRY WASHINGTON
SCANDAL - 'A Traitor Among Us' - After discovering new information about the assassination of Frankie Vargas, Olivia makes a shocking decision and asks Huck to complete one of the most difficult tasks yet, on 'Scandal,' airing THURSDAY, MARCH 23 (9:01-10:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) GUILLERMO DIAZ, KERRY WASHINGTON
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) BELLAMY YOUNG, KERRY WASHINGTON, DARBY STANCHFIELD
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) KERRY WASHINGTON, TONY GOLDWYN
SCANDAL- 'Dead in the Water' - It's a race against the clock when Olivia and OPA's investigation into the conspiracy puts one of their own in grave danger, on 'Scandal,' airing THURSDAY, APRIL 6 (9:01-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Scott Everett White/ABC via Getty Images) KERRY WASHINGTON
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Creator Shonda Rhimes is no stranger to creating epic endings and doesn’t shy away from risks, so it’s no surprise that she tackled writing the finale on her own, the actress told Us. “It does not disappoint. It’s really, really good,” she shared. Additionally, Kerry Washington has been a rock for the whole cast during this final season.

“She’s being the most incredible No. 1 we could ever hope for. She just did this thing of like a week’s worth of gifts for the cast and crew. You can see it all over her social media,” the NCIS alum added. “Of course, she would end the show as elegantly and as much of a leader as she came into it. She’s great.”

Washington hosted a goodbye dinner for the cast and crew on Sunday, March 11, sharing a photo on Instagram. “The dinner, which was to thank the cast and crew and writers, was the official last dinner for the full cast,” a source exclusively told Us Weekly. “Kerry planned everything from the menu to décor and made sure everything was accounted for, dietary restrictions and all.”

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UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - OCTOBER 27: Bellamy Young visits 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on October 27, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Actress Bellamy Young arrives at ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 15: Actresses Bellamy Young (L) and Darby Stanchfield attend Sunday Matinee of 'Turn Me Loose' at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on October 15, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Wireimage for Fashion Media )
SCANDAL - Adventures in Babysitting - Olivia and Mellie assert their power like never before; meanwhile, Cyrus is working on congressional approval to declare war in Bashran, and QPA is keeping close watch on President Rashads niece, on Scandal, airing THURSDAY, NOV. 2 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Mitch Haaseth/ABC via Getty Images) BELLAMY YOUNG
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Actresses Bellamy Young (L) and Kerry Washington arrive at the 6th Annual Women Making History Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on September 16, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Bellamy Young attends the 2017 Entertainment Weekly Pre-Emmy Party at Sunset Tower on September 15, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/ WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 26: Bellamy Young attends 'In The Cosmos' Where We Come From, Where We Are, And Where We Are Going' at John Anson Ford Amphitheatre on August 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/FilmMagic)
SCANDAL - 'Pressing the Flesh' - President Mellie Grant hosts a state dinner for President Rashad of Bashran in a first step toward peace in the Middle East, and in case Mellie's charm alone doesn't work, Olivia secretly puts Jake to work so that they are armed with a back-up plan. Meanwhile, the team at Quinn Perkins & Associates attends the party in hopes to gain more high-profile clientele, on 'Scandal,' airing THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Mitch Haaseth/ABC via Getty Images) BELLAMY YOUNG, FARAN TAHIR
US actress and producer Bellamy Young poses during the 2017 Summer TCA Tour Disney ABC Television Group at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on August 6, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / TIBRINA HOBSON (Photo credit should read TIBRINA HOBSON/AFP/Getty Images)
SCANDAL - 'Watch Me' - One hundred days into Mellie's presidency, Olivia Pope is proving she can run the world; but to avoid an international incident, she may have to make her toughest call yet. Meanwhile, Quinn Perkins & Associates struggle to find their first client, on the highly-anticipated season premiere of 'Scandal,' airing THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Richard Cartwright via Getty Images) BELLAMY YOUNG
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 12: Actress Bellamy Young attends Max Mara and Vanity Fair's celebration of Women In Film's Face of the Future Award recipient, Zoey Deutch at Chateau Marmont on June 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 18: (L-R) Bellamy Young, Kate Burton and Katie Lowes (co-stars on the TV show 'Scandal') pose at the Midnight Matinee (12am performance) of the hit play 'A Dolls House, Part 2'' on Broadway at The Golden Theatre on May 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 18: Actress Bellamy Young attends The Paley Center For Media Presents: The Ultimate 'Scandal' Watch Party at The Paley Center for Media on May 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by J. Kempin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16: Bellamy Young attends the 2017 ABC Upfront event on May 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16: Actress Bellamy Young visits the SiriusXM Studios on May 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
SCANDAL - 'Transfer of Power' - In the final days of his presidency, Fitz uses his power to make some unexpected changes, on 'Scandal,' airing THURSDAY, MAY 18 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Richard Cartwright/ABC via Getty Images) TONY GOLDWYN, BELLAMY YOUNG
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 22: Actress Bellamy Young attends Humane Society of The United States' annual To The Rescue! Los Angeles benefit at Paramount Studios on April 22, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 08: Actress Bellamy Young attends ABC's 'Scandal' 100th episode celebration at Fig & Olive on April 8, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 26: Actress Bellamy Young 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)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Bellamy Young arrives at the 25th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar viewing party held at The City of West Hollywood Park on February 26, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: Actress Bellamy Young enters the 'Today Show' taping at the NBC Rockefeller Center Studios on January 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
ROME, ITALY - DECEMBER 10: Bellamy Young attends the red carpet for ' Shondaland ' on December 10 , 2016 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Camilla Morandi - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 29: Bellamy Young appears to promote 'Test.Talk. Take Action' during the AOL BUILD Series at AOL HQ on November 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 06: Host Bellamy Young attends the Hamilton Behind The Camera Awards presented by Los Angeles Confidential Magazine at Exchange LA on November 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for LA Confidential)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Bellamy Young 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 Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 14: Bellamy Young attends the Jen Klein Day of Indulgence 2016 on August 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 02: Actress Bellamy Young attends the Television Academy's 70th Anniversary Gala on June 2, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 25: Bellamy Young attends the 37th College Television Awards at Skirball Cultural Center on May 25, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 03: Bellamy Young continues her partnership with Pernix Therapeutics for a second year to share her personal experience with migraines, on May 3, 2016 in New York City. Young is encouraging other sufferers to get the help and support they need to take control of their migraines. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for TREXIMET)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 30: Actress Bellamy Young attends the 102nd White House Correspondents' Association Dinner on April 30, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 30: Actress Bellamy Young attends as Jaguar Land Rover sponsor Capitol File's White House Correspondents' Dinner Party on April 30, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Jaguar Land Rover)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 28: Actors Bellamy Young (L) and Jeff Perry attend the Smithsonian Associates's 'Scandal-ous!' discussion with the cast and executive producers of ABC's 'Scandal' at the University of District of Columbia Theater of the Arts on April 28, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Teresa Kroeger/FilmMagic)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 28: Actress Bellamy Young speaks at the Trust for the National Mall's Ninth Annual Benefit Luncheon in West Potomac Park on April 28, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Bellamy Young (R) visits ''Dirty, Sexy, Funny with Jenny McCarthy' at SiriusXM Studio on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: Conrad Ricamora (on Shonda Rhimes 'How To Get Away With Murder') and Bellamy Young (on Shonda Rhimes 'Scandal') pose at The Opening Night Celebration for 'Fully Committed' on Broadway at The Eventi Hotel on April 25, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
SCANDAL - 'That's My Girl' - As each presidential candidate gets ready to announce their running mate, Olivia finds herself in a potentially dire situation. Meanwhile, Cyrus is presented with damaging information that could alter the presidential race entirely, on the season finale of 'Scandal,' THURSDAY, MAY 12 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Byron Cohen/ABC via Getty Images) BELLAMY YOUNG
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 02: Bellamy Young attends a dinner celebrating Kerry Washington hosted by ELLE, Editor-In-Chief, Robbie Myers and Movado, Chairman & CEO, Efraim Grinberg at A.O.C. on April 2, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for ELLE)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 31: Actress Bellamy Young attends the Los Angeles premiere of HBO Films' 'Confirmation' at Paramount Theater on the Paramount Studios lot on March 31, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by FilmMagic/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 15: Actresses Bellamy Young (L) and Kerry Washington attend The Paley Center For Media's PaleyFest 2016 Honoring 'Scandal' at The Dolby Theater on March 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Paley Center)
SCANDAL - 'Thwack!' - The election is in full swing, which means everyone is doing their best to take down their opponents, but when a potential leak threatens several candidates, they have to work together to keep their secrets safe. Boundaries are pushed and lines are crossed as we find out just how far some people are willing to go to protect themselves, on a shocking-new 'Scandal,' THURSDAY APRIL 7 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Richard Cartwright/ABC via Getty Images) BELLAMY YOUNG
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Bellamy Young attends the 24th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar viewing party on February 28, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/Getty Images)
SCANDAL - 'The Miseducation of Susan Ross' - Following the first Republican debate, Olivia is presented with damaging information about an opponent and enlists the Gladiators to verify its authenticity. Meanwhile, David deals with fallout from his dating life, and Cyrus continues to work on his own political agenda, on 'Scandal,' THURSDAY, MARCH 31 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Randy Holmes/ABC via via Getty Images)BELLAMY YOUNG
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Lara Spencer takes viewers behind-the-scenes and visits the cast of 'Scandal,' on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 2/11/16, airing on the ABC Television Network. #ScandalonGMA (Photo by Scott Everett White/ABC via Getty Images) GUILLERMO DIAZ, KATIE LOWES, BELLAMY YOUNG
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Bellamy Young arrives at Entertainment Weekly's celebration honoring the 2016 SAG Awards nominees held at Chateau Marmont on January 29, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
Actress Bellamy Young attends HBO's Post Golden Globes Awards Party at Circa 55 Restaurant on January 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 09: Actress Bellamy Young arrives at the 2016 Winter TCA Tour - Disney/ABC at Langham Hotel on January 9, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 09: Tony Goldwyn and Bellamy Young of ABC Networks Scandal pose in the Getty Images Portrait Studio at the 2016 Winter Television Critics Association press tour at the Langham Hotel on January 9, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Maarten de Boer/Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - JANUARY 09: Actress Bellamy Young attends Art of Elysium's 9th annual Heaven Gala at 3LABS on January 9, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 03: Bellamy Young attends the 93rd Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting at The Ellipse on December 3, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)
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The former Mad Men star also revealed that while she’s excited to move on to the next thing — “it’s time, creatively” — she’s also looking forward to doing nothing!

“Playing the same character for 125 episodes is a long time,” she told Us. “I’m also looking for a little bit of rest to just reset. I can’t wait to see what’s next. There is so much good stuff happening specifically in television right now. I just directed an episode on Scandal, as well. So, I’m going to continue going down that road as well as acting.”

Scandal airs on ABC Thursdays at 9 p.m ET.

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