The beautiful Kerry Washington is the cover girl for Ebony Magazine‘s March 2013 Scandal issue, where the actress dishes on all things Scandal — her hit ABC television show that we’re absolutely obsessed with.
And we aren’t alone. Now in its second season, the Shonda Rhimes‘ drama has hit a sophomore growth spurt with a 19% ratings increase, in many way due to social media — Twitter to be exact, boasting 2,200 tweets per minute.
Kerry, who also played in Quentin Tarantino‘s controversy-filled Django Unchained, speaks on the connection between her pre-Civil War slave character, Broomhilda and her modern, Scandalous Olivia Pope.
Enjoy a few excerpts from her Ebony interview and watch a behind the scenes video from her gorgeous Sheryl Nields-directed photoshoot below.
Kerry on if the President on ‘Scandal’ had been black:
“I was a little concerned because [the character has] a scandalous relationship with the [occupant of the] White House. I thought, ‘If the president on the show is Black, I will not do the show.’ Because to me, it was too important a moment.
I didn’t want to do anything that compromised my relationship with the [president] or that made it seem like I had an insider view on the Obama presidency. I thought that would be so disrespectful and so against all the work that I had done.”
Kerry on what she loves about Olivia Pope:
“In her professional life, she is so powerful and is this self-made woman… But in [Olivia’s] personal life, she is a mess and I kind of love that… I love that I get to embody all of that complexity because I also think it takes a certain level of progress for us to have a Black Woman that powerful be an emotional mess on television.”
Kerry on the connection between Olivia and Broomhilda:
“[Olivia] is the answer to Broomhilda’s prayers… I’m grateful that these two women on opposite ends of history, on opposite ends of their experience, both strong women but in such different ways, can exist at the same time.”