August 05, 2015 10:00 PM

There’s a real scandal brewing on the Scandal set – and for a change it has nothing to do with the White House or extramarital affairs.

Kerry Washington’s dog, Josie, plays favorites and everyone knows it.

“[Josh Malina] is Josie’s favorite,” Washington tells PEOPLE. But here’s where things get complicated: “I’m pretty sure [Josh] likes her more than he likes me, and I guarantee if anyone asked him, he would agree.”

The actress’s pup is a major player on the set of the show, which returns for season five in September. “On our first day back with the cast, she was really excited to see some of her favorite people, like Josh Malina,” she says.

Fans of the dog can keep up with her movements on social media. This summer alone she has tagged along to Mom’s photoshoot with Movado watches and caught snuggles with the Neutrogena spokeswoman at the television up fronts.

It’s clear that celebrity dogs like Josie – who has her own Twitter account – need to be tech-savvy these days. “She’s never been on YouTube I don’t think,” says Washington, “She is a big Instagram star.”

Josie’s hard at work. Decisions. Decisions. #Kerry4Movado #movado

A photo posted by Kerry Washington (@kerrywashington) on Jul 18, 2015 at 4:06pm PDT


Read more about the Scandal star’s style in the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.

• Reporting by JACKIE FIELDS

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