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Kerry Washington Covers Parade Mag & Talks Scandal Success

Scandal is our favorite show here at MrsGrapevine.com and Thursday nights you can find us on twitter with all the other gladiators trying to figure out the plot. I didn’t realize, however, that we are helping Kerry Washington make history, just by watching. Kerry Washington is the first black woman in 40 years to carry a TV drama on a major network. Not only is she carrying it, but she’s number one.

I knew that in my lifetime I’d never seen it. But it didn’t compute to me that I’d be making history. I just fell in love with the character.

Kerry Washington Parade Magazine

The star of Django, Peeples, and Scandal sits down with Parade Magazine to discuss her acting success, in an interview dubbed The Game Changer:

On her work on the controversial film Django Unchained:

I feel like I barely survived Django emotionally. The violence. Hearing the N-word every day. It cost me a lot psychologically, but it was worth it to tell that story.

On her recent work schedule:

I had two days between finishing Django and starting up again on Scandal. It was nuts. That first day back I had to walk across the Rose Garden in heels. I thought, ‘I don’t remember how to walk like Olivia Pope anymore. ‘ I’d been barefoot in the woods for months playing a slave.

On whether, as a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, she is aware of President Obama’s view of the show:

I haven’t wanted to ask the president his opinion of the show. But I have lots of friends in the administration who love it. We make D.C. look sexy and exciting.

On her role in the new Tyler Perry-produced romantic comedy Peeples, and knowing when to lighten up:

I’m a goofy person. That’s how I ended up in Peeples. Tyler Perry saw me joking around…and said, ‘I had no idea you were this silly. {Read more from Parade}

Get this week’s issue of Parade to read the full interview.


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