Kerry Washington looks absolutely stunning on the March cover of Ebony magazine. Inside the “Scandal” issue, the chameleon actress talks about her roles as Olivia Pope on ABC’s Scandal and as Broomhilda, Jamie Foxx‘s wife in the movie Django Unchained.
“In her professional life, she is so powerful and is this self-made woman,” Kerry says. “But in [Olivia’s] personal life, she is a mess and I kind of love that…I love that I get to embody all of that complexity because I also think it takes a certain level of progress for us to have a Black Woman that powerful be an emotional mess on television.”
Speaking on the connection between Broomhilda and Olivia, Kerry added, “Olivia is the answer to Broomhilda’s prayers. I’m grateful that these two women on opposite ends of history, on opposite ends of their experience, both strong women but in such different ways, can exist at the same time.
Kerry also discussed her initial hesitation to tackle her scandalous character. “I was a little concerned because [the character has] a scandalous relationship with the [occupant of the] White House,” the actress said. “I thought, ‘If the president on the show is Black, I will not do the show.’ Because to me, it was too important a moment. I didn’t want to do anything that compromised my relationship with the [president] or that made it seem like I had an insider view on the Obama presidency. I thought that would be so disrespectful and so against all the work that I had done.”
Read the full interview on newsstands now. — Terry Carter