Kerry Washington is an US activist and well-known actress. Washington has gained wide public recognition for starring in the ABC drama Scandal, a Shonda Rhimes series in which she plays Olivia Pope, a crisis management expert to politicians and power brokers in Washington DC. She is also Broomhilda von Schaft in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained (2012).
Born in the Bronx, by Valerie, a teacher and educational consultant, and Earl Washington, a real estate agent, Kerry Washington moved to Washington DC in 1998 to study acting at George Washington University, while she had already embarked on an acting career in the US television series, to debut in the cinema in 2000 with Our Song, directed by Jim McKay.
The success comes in the interpretation of the Della Bea Robinson in the movie Ray of 2004, that focuses on the life of singer Ray Charles. In the same year was also starred in Spike Lee’s She Hate Me. In 2012 Quentin Tarantino chose her as the female lead for his Django Unchained. In the same year she was chosen by Shonda Rhimes to play Olivia Pope, main character of the TV series Scandal. For this role, she has been nominated for several awards.
She is married with Nnamdi Asomugha, ex-football player and actor, since 2013. In September 2012, instead, Kerry Washington spoke at the Democratic National Convention in favor of re-electing Barack Obama.
Washington is also a supporter of gay rights. In August 2013, she was named an honorary chairperson of the GLSEN Respect Awards; and she received the GLAAD Vanguard Award on March 21, 2015. She is a member of the Creative Coalition; which is a board of actors, writers, musicians, and producers that explore issues that are at the forefront of national discourse. Kerry is also a member of V-Day, a global movement that brings awareness to violence against women and girls.