Scandal star Kerry Washington might be a sartorial inspiration for her team of gladiators and TV fans everywhere, but the actress hasn’t always been so style savvy. Despite her appearances front row at countless fashion shows, Washington recently told Glamour that she had to study up on designers early on in her career, even asking a friend for the proper pronunciation of “Hermès” before a red carpet event. It might all sound scandalous now, but this kind of humble admission is just another reason why we love the down-to-earth star.
I know most of you Scandal fans out there are super Team Olitz, and I get it, I really do. But my Felicity-loving heart was rejoicing last night at the reappearance of
Noel Jake. Pretend I didn’t write that, though. Let’s get on with the one thing we can all celebrate about “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”: The burns.
Are we a little too Scandal-obsessed this week? Sorry, we can’t help it. But also, neither can anyone else. On the Daily Show Thursday night, Kerry Washington said it was astonishing how often real Washington insiders confessed how much they identified with the show’s story lines. And earlier this week, Jennifer Hudson starred in a Funny or Die spoof, “Scandalous,” sponsored by the White House (for the Affordable Health Care Act). When we sat down with Hudson, we asked whether she wanted an actual guest role on the ABC hit.
People are unhappy with each other in D.C. Also in the fictional D.C. Though we suspect real-life D.C. wishes they had a nice sex scandal on their hands right now instead of a shutdown. At least on Scandal, everyone is equipped with precisely calculated zingers, courtesy of Shonda Rhimes and company, to help them talk through the pain. And ouch, no one was safe during last night’s season three premiere. Here are our favorite quotes, and the people burned by them:
Olivia Pope, fixer of the world, mistress to the president, daughter of some kind of CIA honcho, does not seem like the type to blush easily. Which is why I was so amused when Scandal star Kerry Washington hid behind her purse adorably when all I did was compliment her phenomenally expressive face. That scene in Django Unchained when Jamie Foxx walks in and surprises her? An epic poem in a single look. So, I wondered, is there any emotion that’s actually hard for Washington to portray?
With Scandal returning tonight, we get to see Olivia Pope back at the helm of steering Washington’s elite through various crises. And though fans know that the fictional fixer is steeped in the world of politics, they may not realize that Kerry Washington can totally hold it down when talking about the issues.
As we approach the beginning of a new television season, there are more than a few lingering questions that have been keeping us up at night. How will Jess and Nick adjust to life as a couple on New Girl? Is The Mindy Project really moving to Haiti? Is Brody a terrorist? (This one never seems to go away, does it?) Read more…
We’re deva that the second season of Scandal is over. We can’t let go. So in honor of Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), a wily Ms. Fix-It who can solve any conundrum thrown her way — from prostitution rings to pregnant White House interns — we’ve imagined how she’d solve the top pop culture crises of the moment! From Reese’s arrest to Kim’s dress, ask yourself: What would Olivia Pope do?
Olivia Pope, our bad, Kerry Washington took a brief break from saving high powered D.C. clients from their scandals to talk Baldwin. James Baldwin that is. On Scandal she’s always involved in drama — the kind you have when you’re powerful. In real life the 36-year-old’s life is a lot less messy. All the woman who hails from the Bronx wants to do is talk books. And maybe save the world.
For ” target=”_blank”>Vanity Fair‘s 2013 Hollywood issue a crop of Hollywood’s elite sit down with a camera crew to share whatever moves them. The woman whose quiver lip has become famous from Thursday’s debauchery on Scandal, plays dress up in a three and a half mini-short on the importance of reading. Shot in black and white Kerry’s curly tresses are in a poofy up-do. Her love for author James Baldwin seeps through the screen. “I love him. His work is so important,” she says. “I remember stumbling upon him at a time when I was sort of grappling with who was right, Malcolm [X] or Martin [Luther King Jr.]…And then James Baldwin came along in my brain and I thought, ‘Oh exactly. There’s this middle road.’”
We could listen to Kerry intelligently talk about history and literature all day. But we mostly can’t stop gazing at her regal beauty, which is hypnotic. To watch the full video head over to Vanity Fair and look out for their March Hollywood issue that hits stands any day now. Meanwhile be entranced by the allure of Ms. Washington who turned 36 today. Happy Birthday, Kerry!
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Maybe we’re giving most of our attention to the celebrities using humor to promote their candidate of choice, like Lena Dunham and Joss Whedon. And the ones whose political opinions we’re not sure we ever really wanted (ahem, Stacey Dash). We’ve been neglecting the stars who are taking this election very seriously. Kerry Washington, for instance, who gets serious about the ins and outs of D.C. every week on Scandal, and then spoke at the Democratic National Convention. Last week, she wrote an essay for the Daily Beast about why she’s voting for Obama, the same day she also chatted with our own Kate Spencer on the red carpet of the Hollywood Awards.
“In general, I’m very moved by the political process. I feel like we’re very blessed to be living in a country [like this],” she told us. “That’s part of why I’m so involved. But this president, in particular — I think it’s pretty extraordinary that we have a president who really cares about all Americans and not just a special few or a special interest. Not just the wealthy. He’s really invested in all Americans. Men, women, students, workers, everybody, black, white, Latin. It’s an exciting time for us to support him the way he’s been supporting us for the past four years.”
So, would Washington channel all that passion into a political career of her own someday?