We have less than thirty days until the return of the third season of Scandal. Amidst her time off, Kerry Washington has been a very busy lady. She’s newly married and is now the cover girl of the October issues of Flare and Glamour Magazine. If you’re anything like me, you just can’t get enough of Kerry and her character Olivia Pope. I’ll be looking forward to seeing her on the small screen next month. Until then, check out highlights with talks about Scandal and her personal life from both magazines are her amazing pics!
On her character:
“When people come up to me and express their love for [Olivia], I understand it, because I read the scripts and I feel the same way: Wow, what a complicated, three-dimensional, interesting, flawed, inspirational human being,” she says.
Creator Shonda Rhimes on Kerry’s Emmy nomination:
“I said to someone the night before [the nominations were announced], I really feel like if Kerry gets this nomination I will have done my job in this town,” Rhimes says. “To me, it means a lot that she’s being recognized for her outstanding performance, for being a woman of color playing this role, and for playing a modern woman of color.”
How she approaches her work:
“You have to think about eating right and sleeping right and taking care of your physical machine because the demands are so intense,” she says.
On her marriage and private life:
I learned through experience that it doesn’t work for me to talk about my personal life. I’ve had earlier times in my career when I did talk about it. I was on the cover of a bridal magazine [InStyle Weddings, in 2005, when Washington was engaged to actor David Moscow]. But I couldn’t just turn around and say, “I only want to talk about the good stuff, but not the bad stuff.” So I just thought, “OK, no more.”
I don’t want to sound smug about it…but the point is to do what’s best for me. I have girlfriends in this business who talk about their personal lives, and it works for them, and I love it. But not for me.
On her wedding:
Absolutely! I’m walking around in the world with my ring. And when people say congratulations, I say thank you. But I’m going to continue to not talk about it and just let it unfold.
On fashion and the red carpet:
It started out as, like, Good-Student Kerry. OK, I’m going to admit this: There were a couple of actresses whom I felt were having the upper hand career wise—because they knew how to work that red carpet. I was like, “I’m missing a really important tool. If I am the CEO of the Kerry Washington Corporation, my marketing department is really lax.” So I sort of developed a new character: Red-Carpet Kerry.
And I researched her like any other character. I actually called Tracee Ellis Ross, who’s a good friend, and literally asked, “How do you pronounce Hermès?” Red-Carpet Kerry needed to know.