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Kerry Washington Dishes On Slavery & Scandal For Her Sexy UPTOWN Magazine Cover

Submitted by on December 10, 2012 – 1:24 pmOne Comment

Kerry Washington smolders on the cover of the December 2012/January 2013 issue of UPTOWN magazine. The 35-year-old actress may be clad in only lingerie on the cover, but it’s inside that Kerry truly strips her defenses and opens up about her amazing career thus far.

“I try to make the best choices for me,” Washington confessed. “It’s never been about, ‘Oh, this is what people should see or need to see.’ If you look at my body of work, I’ve always taken huge risks. At a moment when people considered me a serious actor, I’ll go work with the Wayans brothers on a silly comedy [Little Man]. I’ve played prostitutes, drug addicts, pimping lesbians. I do work I’m drawn to.”

And, now, Washington can add “slave” to that list thanks to her role opposite Jamie Foxx in the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained.

“I’ve never seen slavery dealt with this way before in film,” Washington says of the film that hits theaters on Christmas Day. “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. This is not necessarily the film I would make about slavery. Django was the hardest film I’ve ever done. It took me to places I never had to go before—I never even thought about going before. It was crazy. You would be shooting in the fields and someone would stumble upon, literally, a piece of an old shackle. I kept saying I was going to send Tarantino the bill for my extra therapy sessions.”

Still, the actress is happy to be able to bring any character to life on the big screen, even the less classy ones that are far from the high-powered role she plays as Olivia Pope on the ABC series Scandal.

“If I were to say it’s okay to play a lawyer but not a maid, or it’s okay to play a professor but not a slave, that would be sort of spitting on the legacy of my grandmother, who was a maid on Park Avenue for years, or my ancestors in South Carolina, who came from slavery. What’s interesting about storytelling is we get to step into someone’s experience for an hour and a half in the dark, and in the process of living through that journey, we learn about ourselves. That’s what it’s all about to me.”

The December/January issue of UPTOWN is on newsstands now.

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