Scandal is on and poppin’ in Season 4. As Olivia Pope, actress Kerry Washington is embroiled in most of them. So what happens when she’s not working and she’s just out and about trying to live her life?
“I once had a woman tell me that she wouldn’t let me on the plane if I promised that I wouldn’t cheat on the President,” Washington said. “I told her I don’t write the show and that the President is married.”
It must be easy to get real-life Kerry confused with her character because Washington is so convincing in the role. Although she’s been nominated for an Emmy, its her castmate, Joe Morton, who plays her father, whose already won for Scandal. He picked up an Emmy earlier this year as Outstanding Guest Actor. Washington says that working with him makes her use all the skills in her acting toolkit.
“He’s amazing,” says Washington. “He’s the first person when I found out that he was going to be a guest star I called my parents because I was so excited and proud. And I didn’t even know then he was going to become my dad. That was a complete surprise to me. He knew it but I didn’t. Joe comes on set completely prepared and rarely do we have to do it more than once. A lot of times we do it more than once for different camera angles, but when he comes to work to really go to work.”
As the “winter break” approaches, and Scandal junkies have to wait a few weeks after the holidays until the show starts up again, Washington can’t say much. But what she does say is stay tuned, especially to the finale before the break.