Scandal star, Kerry Washington follows no one. This is true in life and on social media, where she boasts of 4 million followers on Twitter and 3 million on Instagram and follows none of them.
It’s the Jay Z in me,” she says inside InStyle’s September issue. I started to feel overwhelmed, like there was too much noise,” she tells Editorial Director Ariel Foxman. “I felt like I had to get back to who Kerry really is.”
The 39-year-old shares her thoughts on social media and its effect on everyday life and why she went on hiatus, the state of the world and more inside this new issue.
Read excerpts from her interview below:
She’s taking parenting notes from Shonda Rhimes. On preparing for the arrival of her second child, she tells us she’s taking advice from her boss. “I consider myself busy,” Washington says, “but [Scandal creator and writer] Shonda [Rhimes] has about four of five shows, three kids… She says, ‘If you feel like you have just the right amount of help, then you don’t have enough.’ My therapist said this too. You need a lot of support. Not just logistically but emotionally and spiritually.”
“I feel like there is a misconception of this catty, competitiveness between women. That has not been my experience, particularly in Shondaland. My mother is one of seven kids…so I have a lot of strong women in my family, and I have supportive, beautiful relationships with all of them.”
She doesn’t want to live in a color-blind world. “I don’t want to not be African,” she says. “The goal is to live in a world where my race doesn’t limit my access, where I can see myself represented in the highest level of society without any limitation.”
She feels positive about social change. “I choose to feel optimistic, because I don’t think I could get out of bed if I didn’t,” she shares. “The key will be when we stop allowing our otherness to separate us. Whether it’s immigrant’s rights, women’s rights, civil rights, or LGBT rights, we’re all under attack, because none of us belongs to that small group who have held power for a very long time.”
She takes time for quiet reflection. In fact, that’s part of the reason for her recent social media hiatus. “You arrive at a certain place of achieving and suddenly you feel like your goals are being dictated by other people,” she says. “Right now, as I get ready for this second baby, it’s really about me being in touch with what I want. I didn’t get here because I was trying to be what somebody else wanted me to be… So for now, I’m leaving myself open to the adventure.”
See more photos from her spread below!
Photography: Thomas Whiteside
Written by Olufunke Edidi
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