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So Many Questions: 'Scandal's' Joshua Malina hopes the real world isn't like TV

| Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, 9:00 p.m.

We profess to hate the tabloids. Yet, we can't wait to hear the latest dirt on the who's who.

As David Rosen on ABC's captivating drama, “Scandal,” Joshua Malina — who starred in “Sports Night” and “The West Wing” — has an idea or two as to why we can seemingly never get enough of seeing others go down in flames. That's not to say he's become jaded. Luckily, he's not wasting any time wondering who's got a hidden agenda, and who's true blue.

“Scandal” airs at 9 p.m. Thursdays on ABC.

Question: Why are we so captivated by scandal in our everyday lives?

Answer: Well, there's no dearth of it — it's everywhere. You wake up everyday and you read a new one — real or manufactured. I don't know, I think part of it is just wanting ... to sit on the sidelines while other people's lives go down in flames. It's somehow reassuring that, well, things could be worse: I could be that guy.

Q: Do those closest to us ever get to see our true selves?

A: A hundred percent? No, I think not. I think there's many of us walking around who don't know themselves fully. I'm sure I'm among them, so removed yet another step from people. Hopefully, I would like to think that my family and my loved ones know me and know me well. But I'm sure for every person there are elements or sides that we sort of conceal, even to ourselves.

Q: Has being on the show given you a heightened awareness of the hidden agendas people might have?

A: No, not overly. I don't take the show home with me, and I've decided not to believe this is — if it is — a real world. I hope it's not mine. I hope I can trust the people I'm surrounded by more than David Rosen or any of the characters on “Scandal” can.

Q: Is there such a thing as true love or is it always just a hall of mirrors?

A: Well, you know, I've been married to the same woman for 18 years, so I believe we are truly in love. I think it's maybe the fairy-tale version, in which there's no effort required on either person's side, that does not exist. But I felt a jolt when I saw my wife for the first time. I felt like this is somebody I could spend the rest of my life with. And from that day forward, we've pretty much been side by side.

Q: At the end of the day, does everyone have something to hide?

A: Yes, I suspect so. I'm trying to think, what am I hiding? Probably all sorts of things, but nothing newsworthy. Different people are hiding things on different levels — most of us are probably hiding mundane things, and that would be just fine. Everybody's got their little insecurities. ... People play different things close to the vest. But, yeah, I think everyone's got a little something to hide.

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