Since 2012, Kerry Washington has starred on the ABC drama Scandal. She plays Olivia Pope, a former crisis management expert to the President. Great!
But Kerry Washington is also known for her roles in the film Ray (2004), in The Last King of Scotland (2006), in Fantastic Four films of 2005 and 2007, and in Quentin Tarantino movie Django Unchained (2012).
However, what do you know about her true personality? Here, some clues. Listen to her:
Active: I wouldn’t just come home from school and watch TV everyday, they had me involved in lots of local theatre. I was a very dramatic, talkative child. And that was part of my mother’s creative solution – to put me in workshops and classes and children’s theatre programmes.
Optimist: I think sometimes in life we want to ignore the problems of society and just think about the good. I believe in positive thinking and affirmative living, I also think it’s really important to remember all of our disenfranchised members of society.
Creative: About a year ago I got really exhausted from reading bad scripts and I know that I am a writer and that I have stories to tell, so I thought, ‘Let’s do this!’ So I’m co-writing a screenplay now with another screenwriter and loving it. Absolutely loving it. And I would like to be the producer on the project and of course the lead is me.
Smart: I really love research. It’s one of the things I love most about my job. I feel like it’s me in the lab cooking up the character.
Idealist: Today there are people trying to take away rights that our mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers fought for: our right to vote, our right to choose, affordable quality education, equal pay, access to health care. We the people can’t let that happen.
Combatant: People don’t think about the fact that when Barack Obama’s parents had him – it was illegal for them to be married in several states in this country. So if we start making it okay that certain people can marry and other people can’t, it’s a slippery slope of civil rights. Who knows who is going to be allowed to marry or not marry next.