Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Kerry Washington is very careful to make sure her art doesn’t imitate life. The accomplished actress, who recently won a trio of NAACP Image Awards for her roles in television’s Scandal, Django Unchained and her work on behalf of President Barack Obama, tells Ebony magazine her role as crisis manager Olivia Pope on the political drama should never hit too close to home. Especially considering Pope has an affair with the president on the show.


“I was a little concerned because [the character has] a scandalous relationship with the [occupant of the] White House,” the actress says of her role, which is based on a real-life Beltway insider. “I thought, ‘If the president on the show is Black, I will not do the show.’ Because to me, it was too important a moment. I didn’t want to do anything that compromised my relationship with the [president] or that made it seem like I had an insider view on the Obama presidency.”

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