Fresh on the heels of the 4th Season finale of and 5th season renewal her hit ABC show Scandal, Kerry Washington is serving up some goddess-like face on the June 2015 cover of the UK edition of Marie Claire magazine.
Here’s some highlights from her interview with Girls star Lena Durham:
On fashion and preparing for the red carpet:
I read some article about another actress who was my type – you know, meaning African-American – and she was doing a movie I really wanted to do that I didn’t even get to audition for. We were at similar places in our careers, but she was a killer on the red carpet – she was a model who became an actress, and so she really understood fashion. I didn’t play the red-carpet game at all. If I had a premiere, I wore something because I had to, but I didn’t understand that this was an opportunity to have a moment, to make a statement, to create art. In that moment, I was like, ‘If I want to remain a competitor and have access to tell the stories I want to tell, I don’t want to lose out because I’m not able to function in this area.’ So I started learning as much as I could about fashion. I called some girlfriends of mine like Tracee Ellis Ross [US actress/TV host and daughter of Diana Ross]. She grew up in the best closet in history.
On her political views, particularly addressing Michael Brown’s funeral at the 2014 Emmy’s red carpet:
I didn’t know if I could show up that day [at the Emmys]. Like I made the mistake of watching the funeral services. I probably should have recorded them and watched them later, to be able to compartmentalise, but I couldn’t. So I felt like I had to say something – I’m not good at not being authentic any more. I used to be much better at it in my life. The ability to not be authentic and to shove our true selves into a deep, tiny corner to make everybody else comfortable is, sadly, a very female trait. And I’ve worked at trying to let it go, because it’s given me a lot of trouble in my life. Not only do I not connect with myself, but I don’t connect with the world, and it leaves me vulnerable to people and places and situations.
On what she wants her one year old daughter, Isabelle Amarachi to know as she grows up:
I just want her to know that she’s heard. I feel like that’s what we all want. When I think about any of the missteps I’ve made in my life, all of which I’m grateful for, it’s because I just so wanted to be truly seen and heard for who I am and was afraid I wasn’t or wouldn’t be. I see you, I hear you, I’m with you as you are.