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Scandal Star Kerry Washington Says “White Woman Want To Be Olivia Pope!”

Submitted by on July 3, 2013 – 10:55 amNo Comment

Kerry Washington might play Olivia Pope—Washington, D.C..’s most-skilled fixer on the ABC series Scandal—but the one thing she doesn’t have to fix is the drama’s ratings. Named television’s “Most Intriguing Star” by Vanity Fair, the 36-year-old actress posed on the cover of the magazine’s August 2013 issue in a white-hot swimsuit and gushed about the show’s fans.

“One of the most profound things for me about the show is the number of white women of all ages who come up to me and say, ‘I want to be Olivia Pope.’ It’s especially profound in a place like South Africa,” she continues. “It’s called The Fixer over there, and it just started its second season. The fact that white women can see this woman of color as an aspirational character is revolutionary, I think, in the medium of television.”

For Washington, Scandal‘s success stems from the female fans who love to watch a woman hold her own against the men in her world. “I don’t think white women would feel that way about Olivia if her identity as a woman, period, wasn’t first in their mind,” she told Vanity Fair. “What I think is cool about Olivia is that she fully owns being a woman. There’s a very nurturing sense of ‘I’m going to take care of you—don’t worry about it. I’m gonna be your mom in this situation. You come stay in my office, have a cup of tea, and let my gladiators take care of you.’ There’s something very maternal about it. But there’s also something very executive about her, and I mean ‘executive’ in a presidential way.”

The August issue of Vanity Fair hits newsstands July 9. Do you want to be Olivia Pope? Tell us why or why not in the comments section below.

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