Kerry Washington Talks Her Love Of Acting, Owning Her Own Power As A Black Woman For Marie Claire US November 2018

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Kerry Washington Talks Her Love Of Acting, Owning Her Own Power As A Black Woman For Marie Claire US November 2018

Kerry Washington chats with Janet Mock against the backdrop of the Santa Monica Mountains, as the duo hikes along Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles. Washington covers the new issue of Marie Claire US, exploring life after ‘Scandal’ in the November 2018 Power Issue. Thomas Whiteside is behind the lens for the issue on newsstands October 18.

Her production company, Simpson Street (the Bronx block her mother grew up on), has a slew of television and film projects on its slate, including The Mothers, a Warner Brothers film adaptation of Brit Bennett’s acclaimed novel; Universal’s workplace comedy 24-7, costarring Eva Longoria; psychological thriller The Perfect Mother; and an adaptation of Celeste Ng’s best-selling novel Little Fires Everywhere for Hulu, in which she costars alongside fellow executive producer Reese Witherspoon.

Washington’s most recent fame came in her producing and acting roles in the 2016 HBO film ‘Confirmation’ regarding the 1991 Clarence Thomas Supreme Court hearings. Speaking of her role in ‘Scandal’, Washington hits a high note on the subject of expressing her black woman identity:

“I didn’t feel like I had to twist myself into some other understanding of what black womanness is supposed to look like, because Shonda [Rhimes] got me. Just her existence and working with her so intimately changed the idea of what power looked like in this business.”