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Vanessa Moss
Portrayed by Jessalyn Gilsig
6x01 - Vanessa Moss 01
Other Character
Character Information
Full name: Vanessa Rose Moss
Status: Alive
Gender: Female
Hair color: Blonde
Eye color: Blue
Occupation: Lawyer
Significant Other:
Relatives:
Appearance Information
Portrayed by: Jessalyn Gilsig
Also Portrayed by: Joelle Carter

(Season Five)

First appearance: "The Fish Rots from the Head"
Latest appearance: "They All Bow Down"
Appearance Count: 6

You don't talk to me, but you talk to her. You tell her everything. It's like she knows you. She knows everything about you.

— Vanessa to Jake, They All Bow Down

Vanessa Moss is currently the wife of Jake Ballard.

AboutEdit

Vanessa Moss is a supporting character for the season five and season six of Scandal first appeared in the season five episode "The Fish Rots from the Head". The character was portrayed by Joelle Carter in season five and due to recast, she is now portrayed by Jessalyn Gilsig.

HistoryEdit

Vanessa was chosen by Eli Pope to be the perfect political wife for Jake Ballard due to her wealth, connections, education, and upbringing. Jake courted her by faking to bump into her and resulting in her phone screen cracking. He then made it possible for them to run into her again to give her the impression that the second meeting was fate. Eli chose her in order to build up Jake's recognition to be a viable choice for Vice President for Edison Davis.

Eli organized a very public wedding with many powerful and wealthy guests. Jake killed Vanessa's father by drugging his drink with a substance that caused the heart attack that ultimately led to his death which allowed Vanessa to be awarded her $5 billion inheritance. Eli used Jake's access to Vanessa's wealth in order to fund a super PAC that was buying elections for Edison prior to Edison's public statement of disapproval for Hollis Doyle. This statement forced Edison to concede the election to Frankie Vargas.

Vanessa's marriage began to suffer once Olivia Pope took Jake from Eli to be Vice President to Mellie Grant. Vanessa began drinking heavily.

RelationshipsEdit

Romantic Edit

Jake Ballard Edit

Vanessa is married to Jake. They have very messy and rocky marriage. Although Jake married Vanessa just because of her connections and wealth, it appears that Vanessa married Jake because she simply fell in love with him and wants to be with him.

GalleryEdit

→ See and enjoy 19 pictures of Vanessa Moss at Images of Vanessa Moss.

VideosEdit

Notes & Trivia Edit

  • Scandal recast the actress for Vanessa Moss in Season Six.
  • Joelle Carter, who portrayed the character in Season Five of Scandal had to leave the show because of the scheduling conflict with her another show, Chicago Justice.

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