kerry washington (parade)*Kerry Washington is incredible as the star of ABC’s “Scandal.”

The actress is on fire, laying out the role she was meant to play all her life, it seems.

Her character ‘Olivia Pope’ manages to juggle multiple lives while attempting to maintain her own.

In an interview with Parade, she discusses how the role manifested.

I didn’t realize…when I was auditioning for the role,” Washington tells Parade. “I knew that in my lifetime I’d never seen it. But it didn’t compute to me that I’d be making history. I just fell in love with the character.” Also notable: the fact that “President Fitzgerald ‘Fitz’ Grant” and Washington’s character “Olivia Pope” are an interracial couple is barely acknowledged.

On the dysfunctional Washington D.C. portrayed in the series:
“The story lines…push what’s possible. But there are stories on the news that change what we think is possible all the time. You hear about a governor who’s disappeared into the Appalachian trail because he has a South American lover, or somebody else’s behavior on Twitter. I mean, if you want to look at presidents having affairs—there are about four I can think of off the top of my head.”

On her work on the controversial film Django Unchained:
“I feel like I barely survived Django emotionally. The violence. Hearing the N-word every day. It cost me a lot psychologically, but it was worth it to tell that story.”

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