Scandal actress Kerry Washington covers the August issue of Vanity Fair and my God does she look gorgeous. Dressed in a white cutout one piece suit, slick back hair and a vampy red lipstick, she is giving major sophisticated appeal on the cover. Washington tells the magazine she’s surprised that many white women approach her saying they want to be her character Olivia Pope, especially in South Africa, where the show is called The Fixer.
On South African women intrigued by the character: “The fact that white women can see this woman of color as an aspirational character is revolutionary, I think, in the medium of television. I don’t think white women would feel that way about Olivia if her identity as a woman, period, wasn’t first in their mind.”
On her role as the best fixer in Washington, DC, Kerry says: “What I think is cool about Olivia is that she fully owns being a woman. There’s a very nurturing sense of ‘I’m going to take care of you—don’t worry about it. I’m gonna be your mom in this situation. You come stay in my office, have a cup of tea, and let my gladiators take care of you.’ There’s something very maternal about it. But there’s also something very executive about her, and I mean ‘executive’ in a presidential way.”
On being Olivia Pope: “I have to learn things to be her all the time.”
She also admits that being a Teen Safe-sex educator helped her immensely with her acting: “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.”