Through her mother, she is a cousin of former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell. In April 2016, Washington confirmed that, in the 1990s in New York, she learned to dance from Jennifer Lopez.
During her appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, she told host Jimmy Fallon : “I've been taking dance for a long time, since I was a little girl. I had this very inspiring teacher named Larry Maldonado, for anybody from my neighborhood in The Bronx, he was our role model.
... And he had an awesome substitute teacher named Jennifer, who would sometimes step in and teach. But, then she left to move to Los Angeles and be on the TV show In Living Color.
So, yes, I learned to dance from Jo!” Washington at the New York premiere of She Hates Me in 2004 Washington got her Screen Actors Guild (SAG) card as a requirement for a commercial that she starred in.
Washington made her screen debut in the Telefilm Magical Make-Over (1994). She was in the cast of the 1996 PBS sketch comedy -style educational series Standard Deviants, and she appeared in the short “3D” and the feature film Our Song in 2000.
She went on to appear in several movies, including Save the Last Dance (2001) and The Human Stain (2003). In 2002, she played Chris Rock's love interest in the spy thriller Bad Company, a film that represented a turning point for her, in that it was the first time in her career that she had made enough money annually to qualify for health insurance under SAG.
In 2004, she played the female lead in Spike Lee's She Hates Me, and she received strong reviews for her performance. After 2004, she held parts in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), Little Man (2006), I Think I Love My Wife (2007), and as a wife of 1970s UgandandictatorIdi Amino in the UK historical drama The Last King of Scotland (2006).
Washington has also appeared in the recurring role of Celina Hall on the ABC television series Boston Legal, and in several episodes of the A&Ecable-TV series 100 Center Street. In 2007, she co-directed and appeared in the music video for hip-hop artist Common's song, I Want You “, the fourth single from his album Finding Forever and became a spokesperson for L'Oréal, appearing in commercials and ads alongside fellow actresses, Scarlett Johansson and Eva Mongolia, Gong Li, Michelle Yeah, Dan Sastrowardoyo, Aishwarya RAI, Maya Karin and model Dozen Roes.
From April 2012 to April 2018, Washington starred in the ABC drama series Scandal, created by Honda Rhymes, as Olivia Pope, a crisis manager who runs her own crisis management firm called Olivia Pope & Associates in Washington, D.C.. In this position, she worked for high-profile figures, most notably the President of the United States, who was also her on-off lover.
The show was a commercial and critical success, and was called one of the most talked about drama series on Facebook and Twitter. Washington's performance earned positive reviews, and in 2013, she won the award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series at the 44th NAACP Image Awards and was also presented with the NAACP President's Award.
The same year, she was named “Favorite actress” and Scandal “Favorite Drama” of the year at TV Guide's Magazine Fan Favorite Awards and was also crowned 2013's “TV Star of the Year” by the editors of the magazine. In addition to Washington's acting, her costumes as Olivia Pope attracted positive attention, prompting Vanity Fair to name the character one of “The Top Ten Best -Dressed TV Characters” in 2013.
According to the show's costume designer, Lynn Paolo, the success of Olivia Pope's wardrobe was based on “this idea of having wear such soft, feminine colors in a man's world”. In 2014, Washington and Paolo won the Influencer Award at the 2014 Ace Fashion Awards for Olivia Pope's stylish clothes on the show.
2 in People Magazine 's 100 Most Beautiful people and was named Woman of the Year by Glamour magazine. 20 on Forbes magazine's annual list of the highest-paid actors in television and was announced as the new face of Neutrogena skin care.
Washington hosted Saturday Night Live on November 2, 2013, where she impersonated Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey in a cold opening sketch that satirized criticism of Saturday Night Live for not having had any black female cast members for many years. In 2018, Washington made her directorial debut on Scandal, directing the tenth episode of the seventh season.
She also appeared as Olivia Pope in two episodes of How to Get Away with Murder, as part of a crossover with Scandal. Scandal concluded after seven seasons in April 2018.
That same year, Washington starred in the Broadway play American Son written by Christopher Demos-Brown, following two parents arriving at a police station in the middle of the night looking for answers. As a sort of souvenir or memento, she usually tries to keep something from every character that she plays, such as an item of wardrobe or a piece of furniture from the house the character lived in.
Sidebar: Certificate of Live Birth: Isabelle Karachi Sought (County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health). Gives Kerry Washington birthdate.
^ a b Note: FilmReference.com states “Born January 5, 1977 (some sources cite 1975)….” At Kerry Washington Biography (1977?-)”.
^ Rebelled, Natalie (October 25, 2018). “Highest-Paid TV Actresses 2018: Sofia Verger Tops Ranking Again With $42.5 Million”.
^ Lave, Hindi (September 3, 2013). “ Kerry Washington Talks Her New Marriage, Scandal Style, and Her Real-Life Gladiators in Glamour's October Issue”.
^ Scandal' Cast Adorably And Excitedly Accepts TV Guide Magazine Fan Favorite Awards (VIDEO)”. ^ Schneider, Michael (December 19, 2013).
“TV Guide Magazine Names Kerry Washington TV Star of the Year”. Kerry Washington Is 1st Black Actress Since Nicely Tyson In 1995 To Earn Drama Lead Actress Prime time Emmy Nomination”.
^ Kerry Washington Wants Olivia Pope to Redefine Power Dressing”. ^ Kerry Washington, Kelly Rowland Land In PEOPLE 'Most Beautiful Woman' Issue”.
^ Kerry Washington is the New Face of Neutrogena”. ^ Saturday Night Live': 'Scandal's' Kerry Washington signs on to host; Eminem to perform”.
“The 'Scandal'-'How to Get Away With Murder' crossover is finally here”. ' Scandal' Series Finale: How Honda Rhymes Wrapped the ABC Political Game-Changer”.
' All in the Family' & 'The Jefferson's' Live Shines With Jamie Foxx's Flub, Surprise Guest & More Than Nostalgia”. “Netflix To Adapt Broadway Hit 'American Son' With Kerry Washington Reprising Role”.
“Sun dance Unveils Female-Powered Lineup Featuring Taylor Swift, Gloria Steinem, Abortion Road Trip Drama”. Sun dance Film Festival.
^ Andrea, Nellie (March 12, 2018). “Hulu Nabs 'Little Fires Everywhere' Limited Series Starring Reese Witherspoon & Kerry Washington ".
^ Ferguson, Latoya (February 20, 2021). “ ' Little Fires Everywhere' Trailer: Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington's Slow Burn in the Suburbs”.
^ Richards, Kimberly (November 21, 2019). “ Kerry Washington Announces She's Directing An 'Insecure' Episode In The Best Way Possible”.
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Kerry Washington Joins Meryl Streep & Nicole Kidman In Ryan Murphy's 'The Prom “.
^ Fleming Jr, Mike (September 12, 2019). “Lions gate Lands Kerry Washington -Sterling K. Brown Action Film 'Shadow Force “.
^ We Love Kerry Washington Archived July 7, 2007, at the Payback Machine Crave Online. Kerry Washington : 'Scandal' Star Shares Memories From Her College Years”.
^ Kerry Washington at GPU commencement: Grads must be 'heroes of own lives “. ^ “Reel Vistas Join the Fight Against Breast Cancer”.
“Pulse Orlando shooting scene a popular LGBT club where employees, patrons 'like family “. ^ Kerry Washington : Los Angeles, CA”.
^ Kerry Washington, Viola Davis, Ellen Pompey, Honda Rhymes star in Hillary Clinton ad”. ^ Much, Sarah (August 17, 2021).
“Eva Mongolia, Trace Ellis Ross, Kerry Washington and Julia Louis-Dreyfus announced as Democratic convention emcees”. ^ Nimitz, Dave (November 5, 2019).
“Live in Front of a Studio Audience to Return to ABC With Holiday Episodes of All in the Family and Good Times”. ^ Brantley, Ben (December 6, 2009).