10 Things You Didn’t Know About Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington is best recognized as Whitehouse “fixer” Olivia Pope from Shonda Rhimes popular show, Scandal. With this role she became the first African American female lead in a network drama in nearly 40 years! But this isn’t all she’s done — some of her best work was in films like Ray, Django Unchained, The Last King of Scotland and most recently as Anita Hill in the HBO TV film, Confirmation. Washington just welcomed her second child with husband and former NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha and at the end of this month she’ll be celebrating a milestone — her 40th birthday! In celebration of this, here’s a look at 10 things you didn’t know about Kerry Washington!
She was born in New York in 1977. She grew up in the Bronx and was an only child to her parents, Earl Washington, a real-estate agent, and Valerie, a professor of early elementary education at Lehman College. She often describes her family as academic and “socially conscious, politically aware.” Washington commuted from the Bronx to the Upper East Side to go to an elite all-girls academy, the Spence School. While attending the Spence School in Manhattan, she was a member of a nine-girl cappella singing group called Triple Trio.
9. Worked in an Educational Troupe
When Washington was a teenager, it was the height of the red ribbon era of AIDS, so to help the cause, she became a safe sex advocate. She took part in an educational troupe who performed sketches in schools and community centers. “It was some of the best actor training I’ve ever had. We would stay in character after the show, and the audience would interact with us. It taught me the importance of really understanding everything about who you’re playing, because you never knew what question was going to come,” she said.