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Darby Stanchfield played the White House Press Secretary on ABC's Scandal

By Ally Mauch
January 23, 2021 12:45 PM
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Darby Stanchfield, Jen Psaki
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Scandal star Darby Stanchfield is getting into character to offer some advice to the new White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki. 

Stanchfield, 49, starred as Abby Whelan in the ABC series, which aired from 2012 to 2018. Abby initially served as the press secretary in the political drama until she was appointed as the chief of staff to the fictional President Fitzgerald Grant, portrayed by Tony Goldwyn. 

"Dear  @PressSec," the actress began in a tweet, before giving Psaki a series of tips for her new role under President Joe Biden's administration. "#1- If your boss forgets your name, slap a name tag on. (Fitz called me "Gabby" for WEEKS)," Stanchfield joked. 

"#2- Don't get power hungry & try to get your friend killed. It won't go well," she continued. "#3- No such thing as too much hairspray. Ever." 

"Best, 'Red' aka Sassy Abby Whelan," Stanchfield concluded, before adding in a separate tweet that she "forgot one" — "#4 — no crying."

Social media users were quick to point out the resemblance between Stanchfield's Abby and Psaki after the press secretary had her first press briefing on Wednesday. 

"Did we get our real life Abby Whelan? Lol @PressSec #InaugurationDay" one Twitter user said, while another added, "Jen Psaki is giving me boring Abby Whelan vibes and I'm LOVING it."

"Scandal ended almost three years ago but it's good to see Abby Whelan back in the White House as press secretary," a Scandal fan wrote

Following Biden's inauguration, Psaki promised to bring "truth and transparency" to the White House's interaction with the media. 

"I have deep respect for the role of a free and independent press," Psaki told reporters, according to The New York Times. "We have a common goal, which is sharing accurate information with the American people."

Earlier on Wednesday, Psaki asked Americans to send her any questions they have on Twitter, which she said she would later answer in a video. "The White House is the People's House, so I'm asking for YOU to reply with your questions. I'll answer you in a video this week. Can't wait to hear from you!" she wrote on Twitter.