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It’s nice to know that Kerry Washington is as dedicated to Thursday nights as her loyal gladiators. In a recent interview with Net-A-Porter’s The Edit, the 38-year-old explained that she doesn’t have much of a social life when the show is in season because her Thursday night plans revolve around being available to live tweet the show and interact with fans.
“Oh yes, I have no social life on a Thursday!” she confessed.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering how this all worked out in the weeks leading up to her daughter’s birth nearly one year ago, Washington had this to say:
“Every Thursday within three weeks of my [daughter Isabelle’s] due date, I loaded up pre-tweets based on the episodes and what I would want to say.”
Interestingly, the wife and mom happened to be in labor while the show was on and do you know what she did? She tweeted!
“I tweeted in the very early stages of my labor,” she shared before confessing to her bizarre reason for doing so.
“I figured that if I went completely silent on social media, then people would know I was in the hospital!”
It has been nearly three years since “Scandal” first debuted on ABC, and the show’s protagonist Olivia Pope has been widely praised as well as criticized. When asked if there was anything she disliked about the political heroine, Washington expressed that there are many of Olivia’s choice’s that she disagrees with.
“I love her. To me she’s like family, and with family, it doesn’t matter if you like them or not, you love them no matter what. I don’t always agree with her choices, but I have a lot of compassion for them.”
As for one of the drastic differences that exist between herself and her character, Kerry said that it would have to be her willingness to address her issues.
“I do a lot of therapy! Not to say that I have it all together, but I think I have a little bit more awareness about my behavior patterns and I do the work it takes to get out of them.”
“When Black People Tell Me They Don’t Believe In Gay Marriage…” Kerry Washington On Uniting With LGBT Community
During her acceptance speech from the GLAAD Media Awards for her work as an ally, Kerry said that although her speech may be preaching to the choir, she knew that on Monday morning people were going to “click a link to see what that woman from ‘Scandal’ said at that award show.”
And here you are this morning. Kerry be knowing.
In the opening moments of her speech, Washington explained why the title of ally is one she’s proud to hold.
“There are people in this world who have full rights and citizenship – in our communities, our countries – around the world. And then there are those of us who to varying degrees do not. We don’t have equal access to education and healthcare, and some other basic liberties like marriage, a fair voting process, fair hiring practices. Now you would think that those kept from our full rights of citizenship would band together and fight the good fight. But history tells us that no, often we don’t. Women, poor people, people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, gay men, bisexuals, trans people, intersex people. We have been pitted against each other and made to feel there are limited seats at the table for those of us who fall into the category of ‘other.'”
And there’s a problem with that.
Washington continued, speaking about the ways in which we have become afraid of one another and engage in unnecessary competition and even betrayal. Then she said telling the stories of underrepresented groups is still, sadly, seen as a radical act. Which is why people constantly complain about all the “gay scenes” in Shonda’s shows. So, she called for more LGBT people in front of and behind the camera, telling and sharing those real stories, until they no longer seem odd.
But lastly, and perhaps most pertinent to this audience, Washington told the audience how Black people fighting against gay rights is counterproductive to our collective struggle for justice and equality.
“In 1997 when Ellen made her famous declaration, it took place in an America where the Defense of Marriage Act had just passed months earlier and civil unions were not yet legal in any state. But also remember, just 30 years before that, the Supreme Court was deciding that the ban against interracial marriage was unconstitutional. Up until then, heterosexual people of different races couldn’t marry who they wanted to marry either. So when Black people, today, tell me that they don’t believe in gay marriage… *gives a fierce side eye* …the first thing that I say is ‘Please don’t let anybody try to get you to vote against your own best interests by feeding you messages of hate.’ And then I say, ‘You know people used to say stuff like that about you and your love. And if we let the government start to legislate love in our lifetime, who do you think is next?’ We can’t say that we believe in each other’s fundamental humanity and then turn a blind eye to the reality of each other’s existence and the truth of each other’s hearts. We must be allies. And we must be allies in this business because to be represented is to be humanized. And as long as anyone, any where is being made to feel less human, our very definition of humanity is at stake and we are all vulnerable.
Amen Minister Kerry! Preach that good word! This message was and is so needed and I’m happy she was the one to give it.
You can watch her entire speech in the video below.
Taraji On Choosing Derek Luke Because He’s Chocolate And Keeping Terrence Howard Unaroused During Sex Scenes
Y’all already know that we’re waiting with baited breath to see how Lee Daniels, Danny Strong and the Lyon family will conclude season one of “Empire.” And of course we’re not the only ones. The show has captured the attention of the entire nation. So naturally, Taraji P. Henson has been making her rounds promoting the show. Recently, she sat down with Power 105’s Angie Martinez to discuss some of the behind the scenes secrets, including why she picked Derek Luke to be her second love interest, how she keeps Terrence Howard from getting an erection during their sex scenes and the little crush she had on Tyrese back in the day.
Check out the highlights from the interview and watch the entire thing on the last page.
Did you have any say in who got the role of your second love interest?
I did! They gave me a list and I said that one. You gotta know how to act too. Derek Luke is a good actor and he’s easy on the eye. But not only that, I just thought it would be great. You know in the community, we have this thing with light skin/ dark skin and I was like we gon’ have to mix this up a bit because if not, the people are going to get us. They’re going to be like ‘Oooh what y’all scared of the chocolate?!’ So I made it a point. I said whoever the love interest is, he has to be chocolate or not so light.
The booty shot
You know that wasn’t scripted? But the Cookie in me had to get her [Anika] back. Remember that one episode time she went upstairs and made sure she changed and came down in her lingerie? I had to show her what a butt looks like. Literally, when I did it, the whole entire cast and crew was like *gasp.* And I said, ‘You betta keep it!’
For me, it’s not about Taraji and Taraji’s vanity. For me it was about Cookie and Cookie getting back at Anika. I didn’t even think about how my butt would look on television. I didn’t care. I wasn’t thinking as Taraji. It’s just something that happened in the moment and it worked. And thank God it looked good.
Auditioning for “Scandal” and her love for Kerry Washington
When I went into to read for Shonda Rhimes, in my mind I’m like ‘This is Kerry Washington why am I even here?’ Not that I didn’t try to get it, but it was her’s. It was her job. She’s great in it. Then I do “Empire” and they make these horrible memes. I saw her at the NAACP Image Awards and we had a good laugh about it.
Using the N Word on the show
I don’t think that’s ever going to happen. I just don’t think America’s ready for that on primetime network television. I think Terrence brought it up and then some kind of way people have been asking me my thoughts on it. As an artist, playing these people true to life, that word would absolutely be tossed around. If this was a movie we were doing or if this was on cable–because when I got the script, the n-word was all up and through there. And I was like ‘Fox is going to let us say this?’ But now that we’ve accomplished what we’ve accomplished we don’t even really need it. Now we make a movie? Because it’s true to who these people are. You can’t deal with Hip Hop and not use that word. You can’t go to the hood and think you’re not going to hear that word. Cookie spent 17 years in prison. You think she’s never been called one or used the word. People get sensitive sometimes but when you’re talking about art and you have to be true to the characters, you have to be true to the characters.
If they did use the N-word
Oprah wouldn’t have made an appearance and we probably wouldn’t have as many viewers…or sponsorships.
Her relationship with Terrence Howard
I would have walked away if they didn’t hire Terrence. The only reason it had to be Terrence is because Terrence and I have such a history. I’ve known Terrence for 10 years now. We hosted the Soul Train Awards two years in a row. We’ve done two or three movies together. I’ve been through all his relationships with him. He’s like one of my coolest male friends in life. We talk whenever we’re not working. So when you think about that love and that connection that Cookie and Lucious have, you’ve kind of got to have that.
Kerry is racking up these magazine covers, chile. Recently, social media users lashed out over In Style’s controversial March 2015 issue, which featured the “Scandal” actress on the cover. Last week, Marie Claire rolled out their April issue with the mom and wife on the cover and Ebony just announced they they, too, featured the beauty for their March/April double issue.
Inside, Washington opens up about guarding her family life, upcoming projects, personal passions and causes that she holds near and dear. She also dished on why she felt compelled to speak out about the Mike Brown tragedy on the red carpet at the Emmys last August. According to the 38-year-old, it was tough celebrating her nomination knowing that Brown’s parents had just lost their son.
“I was really broken that morning,” she told Ebony.
She went on to say that she watched the live stream from the teen’s funeral online that morning and was unable to shut off the emotions that came as a result.
“Watching that funeral, I was just broken. And I take all of who I am into a room. That’s where I was that day. I’m not going to let anyone segment me or make me exclude parts of who I am because they may be threatening.”
Catch Kerry’s full interview in the new issue of Ebony, which hits stands March 20.
“Once You Let People In, They’re In” Kerry Washington Covers Marie Claire Talks Privacy, Her Daughter And More
We all love Kerry Washington. But we’re not the only ones. Apparently, Lena Dunham is quite the fan as well. And recently the two power players in the entertainment industry sat down together for a piece published in Marie Claire.
Check out some of the highlights from their conversation.
On why she’s so private
“Earlier in my career I was much more super-sharey. There were moments when I wanted to process things that were happening to me more privately, and I didn’t have the space to do it, because once you let people in, they’re in and you don’t get to say, ‘Oh, I want this for myself.'”
On working with Shonda Rhimes
“I’m very respectful of Shonda’s vision of who Olivia [Pope] is, but she has said that she is informed by the choices I make. If we were waltzing, she’s definitely leading. And she picked the song, and she probably dressed us, but it is a waltz.”
Growing up feeling not so pretty
“I didn’t grow up thinking I was pretty; there was always a prettier girl than me. So I learned to be smart and tried to be funny and develop the inside of me, because I felt like that’s what I had.”
“I just want [daughter Isabelle] to know that she’s heard. Really heard, because I feel like that is what we all really want. When I think about any of the missteps in my life that I’ve made, all of which I’m grateful for, it’s because I just so wanted to be truly seen and heard for who I am and was afraid I wasn’t or wouldn’t be. I see you, I hear you, I’m with you as you are.”
How Olivia Pope has helped her
I don’t think I consciously say, ‘What would Olivia Pope do?’ but there’s a new thread of belief in my own capacity that I think comes from her. She makes it happen. She figures it out. She fixes it.”
Check out the video from Kerry’s cover shoot below.
We have good news for you this Thursday evening. As we anticipate tonight’s episode of “Scandal,” The Hollywood Reporter just confirmed that we’ll be seeing Ms. Washington take off the white hat for her new role in an HBO film about Anita Hill.
According to THR, Kerry will star as Anita Hill and executive produce the TV movie.
The film, called Confirmation, is being promoted as a tele pic that will detail the salacious 1991 Supreme Court nomination hearing of Clarence Thomas. You may remember Hill famously testified during those hearings, claiming that Thomas had sexually assaulted her when he was her supervisor at the Department of Education and the EEOC.
Hill’s testimony forever changed the way in which the country viewed sexual harassment, victim’s rights and even race relations in this country.
The script for the film will be written by Susannah Grant, the woman who wrote Erin Brockovich. Grant will also executive produce. Rick Famuyiwa, the man behind Dope and The Wood is in talks to direct the film but there is no deal in place at this time.
Anita Hill, today, is a professor of social policy, law and women’s studies at Brandeis.
Over the weekend, Kerry Washington and the cast of “Scandal” took the stage at the Paley Center for their Paley Fest panel with moderator Jimmy Kimmel. Towards the end of the event, fans were allowed to ask questions, which of course was quite risky and according to E! Online, the fan Q&A led to plenty of awkward questions presented to cast members. Washington handled one particularly uncomfortable question like a pro about ex-cast member Columbus Short. Check out some highlights from the panel below.
Kerry on how the cast handled their Columbus Short drama last year:
“The one thing that I would say, just so that it’s clear: everyone who’s in this family is in this family whether you’re in this show or not. I don’t celebrate the laughter at that question. I understand the question, and thank you for giving us so many viewers and thank you for understanding why we’re not going to answer that.”
Kerry on the Ferguson-type situation that was presented in last week’s episode:
“It was really important to us that the show is about a woman who is black but also a lot of things.”
“We have a come to a point where the writers do feel comfortable to address more race. I was very moved that Shonda had a lot of feelings about what’s been going on and her form of protest her form of expression is to write, and so for all of us to be able to tell this story was such an honor. It was a coming of age for Olivia but the overriding subtext of the story was so important. It was about lives mattering independent of who you’re born as.”
Tony Goldwyn on Olivia being appreciative of Fitz going to war for her:
“No she was not. She didn’t quite meet my expectations. I was hoping for a little more sugar.”
Kerry on Olivia’s kidnapping:
“Tony and I actually had a really great conversation about the fact that the president went to war, the idea that at a time that we were fighting for media to pay attention to hundreds of girls, #BringBackOurGirls. Shonda did the epitome of that story showing that the president went to war for one girl, and then put a black woman on an auction block because she’s Shonda and it’s complicated.”
Though Giuliana Rancic’s apology last night seemed sincere and heartfelt to me, there are still some who are refusing to accept it. But more importantly, other Black women in the limelight who stepping forward to show their support and solidarity.
First, there was fellow loced sister Selma director Ava DuVernay, who wrote this under Zendaya’s initial open letter.
— Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC) February 24, 2015
Then “Scandal” actress Kerry Washington commended Zendaya on her open letter to Giuliana.
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) February 24, 2015
And finally, Solange spoke about the ways in which the show had been speaking about the fro on the red carpets for years. And she even referenced the time In Touch Weekly compared her hair to a dog. That didn’t go unnoticed. In true Solange fashion, she provided the perfect response for it.
— QPrinV3 (@QPrinV3) February 25, 2015
India Arie even released a “Songversation” about this whole thing. See what she said.
— India.Arie (@indiaarie) February 25, 2015
I wanted to jump in and defend Zendaya – but she’s doing that BEAUTIFULLY herself.
VERY. WELL. DONE. It’s a powerful thing to be a TEENAGER in the public eye, and feel empowered to speak up in your own defense. STUNNING!
In my opinion, Entitlement in and of itself, BLINDS people to that very entitlement … THUS allowing the behavior exhibited.
I’m not calling Giuliana Rancic a RACIST, .. but OF COURSE it has to do with RACE. To say it has “Nothing to do with race” .. THAT’S why people get mad.
But lets remember HOW difficult it is for a person of Gullianna Ranci’s social context to really UNDERSTAND how we see race in this issue. How race is a pervasive ISSUE in the entertainment industries as a whole.
We need more more compassion in this world. Period
So I’m not MAD at Giuliana Rancic I’m SAD at her. I’m Sad that things LIKE THIS keep happening.
I don’t know how many more weeks I could have watched Olivia be in bondage. So I was so happy to see that she broke free this week. But it took a while and there were some pretty memorable moments along the way. Check out the highlights from last night’s episode.
Last night, I was wondering just how Olivia was going to work her way out of bondage. This whole being imprisoned thing is a nice twist in the story line but I’m ready for homegirl to be free. So I was glued to the television. And the episode did not disappoint. Check out the most memorable moments from last night’s episode of “Scandal.”