President Joe Biden's new White House press secretary Jen Psaki looks oddly familiar to Scandal fans. After Psaki gave her first briefings this week, many viewers remarked that she remarkably like Abby Whelan, a character played by Darby Stanchfield on Scandal. Die-hard fans know just how apt this comparison is.
Abby Whelan is a fan-favorite character from Scandal, leveraging her position to rise from a crisis management consultant to White House press secretary to the White House chief of staff. Naturally, this invited some comparison to Psaki, but the visual resemblance is striking as well. Both women have red hair, and this week Psaki treated the White House press pool with a calm authority that reminded many Scandal fans of Abby.
Oops, I forgot one. (Thank you @oocscandal .)
#4 — no crying. pic.twitter.com/WcUT2x4Ccw— Darby Stanchfield (@darbysofficial) January 22, 2021
More than a few people made the comparison on social media, where it became a trending topic for a time. In fact, the observation even reached Stanchfield herself, who responded in character on Twitter with a few pieces of advice from Abby.
If nothing else, Psaki's place in the Biden administration could drive fans to a Scandal rewatch, and may even pick up some new viewers as well. Here is a look at what Scandal fans are saying about Psaki.
Jen Psaki (Real Whitehouse press secretary) and Abby Whelan (press secretary on “Scandal”). I’m finding joy in these red heads for some reason 😂 pic.twitter.com/nYI6ZttmNr— Duke (@_TheLastDuke) January 21, 2021
Not that this matters but really digging Jen Psaki's Abby-Whelan-with-a-Shiv-Roy-haircut energy.— Evie Nagy (@EvieN) January 21, 2021
Abby Whelan walked so Jen Psaki could fly pic.twitter.com/OmXCz7yCxK— Jamie Bland (@JamieBland92) January 21, 2021
Does anyone else get Abby Whelan vibes from Jen Psaki and Pres Fitz vibes from Jon Ossoff? #Scandal— ✨ sarah ✨ (@sarahhcampbelll) January 21, 2021
Has anyone made the Jen Psaki-Abigail Whelan connection yet? Haven't seen it on my TL so far.— Doom scroller nonpareil (@bespoKENErd) January 23, 2021
A Good Sign
Have you met Jen Psaki?? She doesn’t need advice. Stay outta her way‼️💯💯💯— Wesley Allen (@WesleyAllen54) January 23, 2021
Jen Psaki is giving me strong Abby Whelan vibes and I’m here for it. #ItsHandled— Vincent Bowhay (@VinceBowhay) January 21, 2021