Kerry Washington has to be one of the most watched and admired African-American women in Hollywood. Not only does she always rock the red carpet in whatever she wears, but it is very rare to see a Washington caught on camera having a bad day. Here are a couple of fun facts you might not know about Washington, Scandal’s star (a.k.a) Olivia Pope.
1. Washington earned a Presidential Arts Scholarship to attend George Washington University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1998 with a degree in Performance Studies.
2. After graduating college, Kerry traveled in India and studied yoga and a rigorous form of traditional Indian theater.
3. She received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from her alma mater.
4. Her favorite fruit is pineapple.
5. Keeps small mementos of each character she portrays.
6. 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.
7. Washington is a huge Game of Thrones fan.
8. On Washington’s birthday she gives her parents a gift.
9. Washington didn’t get her driver’s license until she was in her 20s.
10. She never drinks coffee.
11. Washington has gained wide public recognition for starring in the ABC drama Scandal, a Shonda Rhimes series in which she plays Olivia Pope.
12. She has been married to Nnamdi Asomugha since June 24, 2013; they have one child.
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