Kerry Washington Is Flawless On 'The Edit'


The actress shares her thoughts on politics, power dressing and her role as Olivia Pope on one of our favourite shows, Scandal. Below are some of the nuggets pulled from the interview which we deem to be golden and inspiring! Photo Source:

On her mother: "My mother is so badass. I watched her get her doctorate when I was a little girl: she got that around the same time that I graduated from kindergarten so we both had caps and gowns. I grew up with a belief in the importance of a woman’s mind and that has been a real gift for me."

On being politically active: "I have a sense of responsibility that was ingrained in me as a kid, but I’m not perfect; I haven’t voted in every election. But I’m trying to be better about it because so many people put their lives on the line for me to have this right."


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On the difference between herself and Oliva Pope: "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."

On Olivia 'standing in the sun': "I really love that in the episode Where The Sun Don’t Shine, Olivia said, “I choose me.” That is a really powerful message."

Getting into the mindset of Olivia Pope: "The biggest thing for me are the shoes. I’ll wear Uggs around set, but I can’t rehearse a scene in them because I don’t feel like Olivia until I put the shoes on. Shoes define how you walk in the world and how you stand, like: what is your posture in life?"

On Olivia's Pope legacy: "I hope people remember her as a complicated, fully realized human being; she’s not a stereotype and she’s not an accessory. I think that it’s important for women to know, in film and in TV and in life, that you can be the lead of your own story. I hope she’s remembered for that, as somebody who is the driving force of her own life."


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On dealing with negativity: "I’m really open to freedom of expression and I’m open to differences in opinion. But I draw the line at any level of sexism, racism, hatred or violence, so I block or report those people to [Twitter’s] security."

On being good to oneself [at home]: "When you’re at home, be good to yourself. It’s not about trying to impress anybody."