Kerry Washington Poster


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Overview (3)

Born in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameKerry Marisa Washington
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Kerry Washington was born on January 31, 1977 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Kerry Marisa Washington. She is an actress and producer, known for Scandal (2012), Ray (2004) and Save the Last Dance (2001). She has been married to Nnamdi Asomugha since June 24, 2013. They have two children.

Family (3)

Spouse Nnamdi Asomugha (24 June 2013 - present)  (2 children)
Children Asomugha, Isabelle Amarachi
Parents Washington, Earl
Washington, Valerie

Trivia (25)

Is the only child of a real-estate agent father, Earl, and a mother, Valerie, who is college professor.
Is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of George Washington University's theater program (1998). She double majored in anthropology and sociology.
Also graduated from the private, girls' Spence School in New York City (1994), where she acted in plays. Gwyneth Paltrow, Emmy Rossum and Sally Pressman also attended Spence School.
She was engaged to actor David Moscow from October 2004 to March 2007.
Was accepted into Yale University and Dartmouth College but declined both.
Studied acting at Michael Howard Studios in New York City.
Has played Jamie Foxx's wife in two films: Ray (2004) and Django Unchained (2012). As of 2018, those are the only two Best Picture Oscar nominated films that either has appeared in.
Her father is African-American and her mother is of Jamaican ancestry (including African, English and Scottish).
Growing up in the Bronx, she attended the same local Boys and Girls Club of America as Jennifer Lopez.
She regularly attends church, but also insists to reporters that "I don't talk about my personal life.".
Kerry Washington is a cousin of Milly Silva, who ran to be New Jersey's lieutenant governor in 2013. Silva was on the Democratic ticket with State Senator Barbara Buono, who was running for governor. Washington campaigned for Buono and Silva.
(June 24, 2013) Married her boyfriend of a year Nnamdi Asomugha.
Gave birth to her first child at age 37, a daughter named Isabelle Amarachi Asomugha on April 21, 2014. Child's father is her husband, Nnamdi Asomugha.
Was 7 months pregnant with her daughter Isabelle when she completed filming the third season of Scandal (2012).
One of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World. [April 2014]
Returned to work 3 months after giving birth to her daughter Isabelle to begin filming the fourth season of Scandal (2012).
Ranked #65 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women of 2014 list.
Friends with Oprah Winfrey and Nicole Kidman.
Washington was cast in the role of Mahandra McGinty on the television series Wonderfalls (2004) and played Mahandra in the original pilot. But when the series was picked up, she was recast and her scenes in the pilot were reshot with the actress who replaced her, Tracie Thoms.
Jennifer Lopez was her high school dancing teacher.
Gave birth to her second child at age 39, a son named Caleb Kelechi Asomugha on October 5, 2016. Child's father is her husband, Nnamdi Asomugha.
On May 19, 2013, she received her honorary degree in Fine Arts from George Washington University, before she gave her commencement speech.
Returned to work 5 months after giving birth to her son Caleb to begin filming Cars 3 (2017).
Was 8 months pregnant with her son Caleb when she completed filming the sixth season of Scandal (2012).
Attended university with Dale Ho who transitioned from acting to working for the ACLU.

Personal Quotes (12)

I don't think I'm even close to fulfilling my potential. And I think also that, unlike a pianist or a flutist, an actor has an instrument that is constantly changing.
I try not to let my politics limit me artistically, and you know say like "Well, I can't do that because I don't ever want to play a black prostitute" or "I can't do that because I don't ever want to play, you know a drug addict." I really try not to do that. What's important to me is to make sure my characters ring true that they reflect a trueness to society because if I can bring out the true humanity of a character than I'm not perpetuating a stereotype I'm actually revealing a truth.
It's in the same way that I don't read my reviews. I try not to get involved in all that stuff because what's important to me is the work and however the work lives in the world is out of my control.
My very first feature, Our Song (2000), was an independent film that was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. I always feel like I was able to start off my career on the right foot by starting off in independent film because that's where the real work ethic is and that's where the real artistry is, and every now and then you're lucky with a movie like Django Unchained (2012) to do a studio film that's filled with just as much artistry and passion.
[on her mother's reaction to her in role of Ophelia in a student production of "Hamlet"] I thought, "Wow." This woman who held me in her womb for nine months -- and knows exactly who I am -- for a moment something about this world allowed her to suspend her disbelief and believe I was some other person in some other time. I thought, "This is powerful.".
My mother comes from a mixed-race background but from Jamaica, so she is partly English and Scottish and Native American, but also descended from African slaves in the Caribbean. My dad's family is four or five generations Brooklyn-based, but before that from South Carolina, and we are not sure which members of his family were slaves and which were free blacks.
I am inspired by women who cultivate their inner beauty as much as their outer beauty - who are unafraid to be both smart and sexy. Being around people I love, who really love me, who I can really be myself with... that is what makes me feel beautiful.
I didn't grow up thinking I was pretty: there was always a prettier girl than me. So I learned to be smart and tried to be funny and develop the inside of me, because I felt like that's what I had.
I realized that I don't have to be perfect. All I have to do is show up and enjoy the messy, imperfect and beautiful journey of my life. It's a trip more wonderful than I could have imagined.
In real life, I'm just an actor. I play pretend. I tell stories. Your life is your story and the adventure ahead of you is the journey to fulfill your own purpose and potential.
I'm the luckiest broad in Hollywood now. To be the lead actor on Scandal (2012) and to be in the highest earning Quentin Tarantino movie - [Django Unchained (2012)] - I don't get asked for anything more.
[on Alicia Keys] Alicia doesn't hide her truth, her flaws, her dreams or her journey. It is that authenticity and vulnerability that endear her to us. We are drawn to her honesty, we respect and adore her, and in doing so we move closer to embracing our own true selves. In the entertainment industry there is intense pressure to conform, in order to create an easily marketable product. But if you listen to Alicia's music, learn about her Keep a Child Alive foundation or witness her life, you know that she is not a product of anyone but God, her family and her truth.

Salary (1)

Scandal (2012) $3,000,000

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