Kerry Washington: Playing Olivia Pope made me feel like I could be a mom.
Kerry Washington has snagged the cover of ELLE, dishing on her new HBO film ‘Confirmation’, motherhood and Shonda Rhimes. Peep a few excerpts.
ON THE IMPORTANCE OF THE EVENTS THAT INSPIRED ‘CONFIRMATION’
This moment was so important because it created a language around women being able to protect themselves. The behavior that Anita Hill described was going on in a lot of offices throughout the country, and most people didn’t think they were doing anything wrong. But this created awareness around that and around the need for women’s voices to be heard in our public spaces, both testifying before Congress and sitting on the committee. It really was such a huge cultural shift.
ON HOW PLAYING OLIVIA POPE MADE HER FEEL LIKE SHE COULD HANDLE MOTHERHOOD
Even though Olivia Pope has obviously made the decision that she is not a mom, playing her made me feel like I could be a mom. Because she knows there’s always another way—there’s always a way to fix it, there’s always a way to solve it, to win. And I feel like playing her made me feel like, All right, I can do it. I will figure out how to juggle it all.
ON HER BOSS, FRIEND, AND MOM MENTOR SHONDA RHIMES
She’s been such an amazing resource, as a mom, and as a working mom…I am on one show and I have one kid, and she has three shows and three kids.
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