What's it like when someone who used to live in the actual White House comes to visit a TV set of a fake white house?

Surreal, the cast of Scandal tells E! News' Zuri Hall on the red carpet at the show's 2016 Paleyfest celebration.

Stars Kerry Washington, Bellamy Young, Katie Lowes and Darby Stanchfield tell us that they were all thrilled when Hillary Clinton paid them a visit last month.

"We were trying to make it to a fundraiser of hers, but when we knew we wouldn't finish work in time, I was like, ‘Why don't you come here?' So it was really great that she was able to come visit," Washington explains. "I think she really enjoyed comparing her memories of the Oval Office to our fake Oval Office."

Says Lowes, "Mind blown! It was amazing."

Star Scott Foley was directing the episode they were filming when the former Secretary of State dropped by, and Lowes says Clinton sat right behind Foley as they filmed a scene Quinn was in.

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"I came off set and was like, ‘Hillary Clinton just watched me act!' And then we were hugging and then I was just a bumbling idiot saying stupid things. She was so kind and unaffected by how silly I sounded," Lowes dishes. "And then we took a tour and she saw all of our sets. I was emotional, I'm not going to lie."

Stanchfield called the visit "an unreal moment that's just like a scrapbook moment for me in my life."

The women of Shondaland recently made headlines for endorsing Clinton's presidential campaign. Young explains how their endorsement came about: "Shonda Rhimes has esteemed her for so long, and it emerged organically."

Press play on the video above for more on how exciting it was to have a real-life presidential candidate visit the set. Scandal airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on ABC.

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