Scandal Star Kerry Washington Handles Your Crises In A High-Flying Glamour Shoot
Kerry Washington knows how to keep a secret.
As crisis-management expert Olivia Pope on the hit ABC drama Scandal, Washington does damage control daily while keeping the secrets of some of the biggest politicians in Washington, D.C. Perhaps that’s the reason the 36-year-old was able to keep her lips sealed when it came to her recent marriage to San Francisco 49ers cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha (The union was so secret, many of Kerry’s fans didn’t even know the two were dating). In the October 2013 issue of Glamour, Kerry dished on why she prefers to keep her private life hidden from the public eye.
“I learned through experience that it doesn’t work for me to talk about my personal life,” Washington said. “I’ve had earlier times in my career when I did talk about it. I was on the cover of a bridal magazine. But I couldn’t just turn around and say, ‘I only want to talk about the good stuff, but not the bad stuff.’ So I just thought, ‘OK, no more.’”
Still, the Emmy-Award winning actress admits it’s hard not to gush about being in love when fans approach her. “I’m walking around in the world with my ring. And when people say ‘congratulations’, I say ‘thank you,’” she said. “But I’m going to continue to not talk about it and just let it unfold. I don’t want to sound smug about it…but the point is to do what’s best for me. I have girlfriends in this business who talk about their personal lives, and it works for them, and I love it. But not for me.”
Kerry will talk about her other love: Fashion. Although the Django Unchained star was just named to Vanity Fair’s International Best-Dressed List, fashion was not always her forte. “OK, I’m going to admit this: There were a couple of actresses whom I felt were having the upper hand career-wise—because they knew how to work that red carpet,” Kerry revealed. “I was like, ‘I’m missing a really important tool. If I am the CEO of the Kerry Washington Corporation, my marketing department is really lax.’ So I sort of developed a new character: Red-Carpet Kerry. And I researched her like any other character. I actually called Tracee Ellis Ross [the actress and Diana Ross’ daughter], who’s a good friend, and literally asked, ‘How do you pronounce Hermès?’ Red-Carpet Kerry needed to know. The professor’s daughter kicked in. I was doing library hours on fashion. And then it happened—I was in love.”
For more on Kerry’s interview with Glamour, you can download the digital edition now, click here, or pick up a copy of the October 2013 issue on newsstands September 10. And for an added bonus, from cheating spouses to rumor control, Kerry dishes out some valuable advice for your life in the video below.