Kerry Washington Talks ‘Django’ Controversy, Taking Risks & More in UPTOWN Magazine
The gorgeous Kerry Washington covers UPTOWN Magazine‘s December 2012/January 2013 issue, which also features stories on Black women and AIDS, rising British soul songstress Lianne La Havas (a new favorite of mine), and Miami’s Art Basel 2012.
For her Nino Muñoz-photographed feature, appropriately titled “Sexy Smart & Scandalous,” the Scandal star speaks on her very controversial new film — Django Unchained, her multi-cultural family, taking career risks and more. Check out interview excerpts and photos from the stunning shoot below.
On what drew her to Django and the controversy around the movie:
“I’ve never seen slavery dealt with this way before in film. So often it’s a white character who’s the savior of black people.”
“We should have a plethora of visions and interpretations of who we are as a nation.” But she admits, “This is not necessarily the film I would make about slavery.”
On growing up in the Washington household and her multi-culti family:
She still remembers the lively, sometimes heated, discussions on race and society around the dinner table. “My family’s very multiethnic,” she says. “When we get together for the holidays, it is the U.N., across the board.”
On the culture shock when she was enrolled in an upper east side private school:
Prior to Spence, Washington thought her working-middle-class family was balling. “We had a microwave and two cars. We had a dishwasher before anyone in the building,” she says. “And then you go to this other world, and it’s, ‘Oh, we’re taking a helicopter to your house in the Hamptons?’ For a lot of classmates, I knew the only other black women they’d known were their domestic help.”
On leaving the entertainment business:
“Sometimes I feel like I can’t do this anymore.” Almost once a year, her hair and makeup folks hear it: “I am done! I’m so done.”
On why she’s no saint:
“If you look at my body of work, I’ve always taken huge risks. I’ve played prostitutes, drug addicts, pimping lesbians. I do work I’m drawn to.”
Django Unchained hits theaters December 25th.