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As Foley tells it, some "tricky" maneuvering went into their on-screen chemistry

May 15, 2015 11:40 AM

Thanks to its central love triangle, Scandal has become a reliable source of steamy love scenes – but Scott Foley has some behind-the-scenes scoop that, unfortunately, will be a real mood killer for Olake shippers.

Foley, who plays Olivia Pope’s (Kerry Washington) sometime lover Jake Ballard, told PEOPLE at The Paley Center for Media Scandal panel on Thursday that filming sex scenes with Washington, 38, during season 3 was “delicate” to say the least.

“One of the craziest things [while filming] was trying to have a sex scene when Kerry was seven months pregnant,” said Foley, 42.

“The director, this fantastic French director, Jeannot [Szwarc], kept saying, ‘Just get on top of her, and I’m going to shoot it,’ ” said the actor.

“And I was like, ‘No, no, no, I can’t – she’s got a baby [in there]!'”

“The maneuvering was delicate, to say the least,” admitted Foley. In the end, though, the costars figured out the tricky situation, and fans were none the wiser – until now.

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Something tells us Olitz fans, who are probably still gloating after the romantic balcony kiss at the end of Thursday’s season 4 finale, will appreciate Foley’s insight most of all.

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