The Emmy winning actress Kerry Washington never ceases to amaze us while flexing her skills on her hit show, ‘Scandal.’ But what’s even more impressive is her ability to slim down just three months after giving birth to her precious baby girl, Isabelle.
Last season was so climactic for Olivia Pope and her gladiators, but not as challenging as the obstacles that Washington had to go through while still bringing her A game on set. She gives us insight on how she was able to maneuver around her challenges of pregnancy and still pull off the most successful Scandal season yet.
“All of last season was a challenge for me, on a few levels. For one thing, I was going through this amazing physical transition, this physical journey of having a baby that my character was not going through. And I work very physically. What I do is often grounded in the body. That meant I had to figure out how to be this woman while my instrument was changing and evolving every day. It was like seeing the keys on a piano jump around on a daily basis. It was tough for me to even maintain Olivia’s walk because of the changes.”
Washington also talks about adapting to the character change of Olivia Pope, and how that was a challenge all on its own.
“At the same time, everything I understood about Olivia unraveled because of the storylines. The season really broke me. I’m a Type A actor who likes to have it all figured out going in, but suddenly I had no idea where this woman was going to go next. I had to jump in without everything being perfect. I felt like I had been in control playing the character, but it all got taken away from me last season. That meant my acting toolbox had to be upgraded. I had to trade in my screwdriver and hammer for a Black and Decker power tool.”
Despite these new challenges that Washington had to face, she successfully rose to the occasion. Like the captain gladiator she portrays, she was able to tackle her obstacles and “fix” them. And she did it without even having to wear the white hat.
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