Kerry On Top: Kerry Washington covers Flare Magazine

Cover Star: Kerry Washington 
Album: Flare Magazine, October 2013 'Kerry On Top'
Photographer: Ruven Afanador
Stylist: Erin Walsh

With "Scandal" Season 3 coming back on our TV in October -- October 3rd to be exact -- actress and Emmy nominee Kerry Washington snags another magazine cover and this time she lands on Canada's Flare Magazine. Kerry chats with Flare's Caroline McCloskey how politics has been part of her life since childhood and why 'Scandalous' character 'Olivia Pope' could use an intervention. 

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Via Flare Magazine:

“Doing that show scares me more than anything else I do,” says Kerry Washington. She’s not talking about Scandal, the hit ABC series that has catapulted her from respected film actress to household name. She’s referring to Real Time With Bill Maher, HBO’s political talk show, where she has made several appearances over the years looking, in fact, quite poised while holding forth on topics such as the AIG bailout and the relative merits of affirmative action. Washington assures me that despite appearances, when she does Maher’s show, she’s freaking out on the inside. “I am cramming in the green room like it’s a presidential debate,” she says. “It drives me crazy when artists go on shows like that and don’t sound informed. It gives us a bad name.” 

As an artist—and also a woman, an African-American and a political activist Washington devotes considerable energy to never letting her people down. Before Scandal, she was best known for her work in film, breaking out as an unwed mother in the 2001 teen drama Save the Last Dance and later playing the wives inRay, The Last King of Scotland and Django Unchained—movies that won her male co-stars Academy Awards. But with Olivia Pope, the ferocious D.C. fixer, she takes on a new kind of character: like Washington herself, a powerful working woman who derives her sense of worth not from motherhood or her man but her professional abilities. The job also came with a major historical asterisk, since, in accepting the part, Washington, 36, became the first woman of colour to lead a network show in her lifetime. Now she’s getting nominated for the big awards, including the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. The recognition is a doubly big deal, since she’s the first black woman to be nominated in the category since 1995 and, if victorious, will be the first ever to win it.

Scandal’s creator, Shonda Rhimes, calls the Emmy nod a huge step in the right direction. “I said to someone the night before [the nominations were announced], I really feel like if Kerry gets this nomination I will have done my job in this town,” Rhimes says. “To me, it means a lot that she’s being recognized for her outstanding performance, for being a woman of colour playing this role, and for playing a modern woman of colour.” The honour, coupled with the series-high ratings Scandal drew for its season two finale, means anticipation is high for the show’s third season, which premieres Oct. 3 on City.
Read more over at Flare Magazine -- here.

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Kerry On Top
Flare Magazine, October 2013
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