You just can’t stop this islandista Kerry Washington at all.
She is absolutely on a roll, having the best year of her career and picking up major magazine covers left and right.
This time, it’s the October edition of Glamour Magazine. She talked to Glamour’s Cindi Leive about her career and how she got her nerd on to become a red carpet darling.
CL: [Laughs.] I want to ask about fashion too. At what point did it start to be fun, or is it still kind of something you do because it’s part of the job?
KW: It started out as, like, Good-Student Kerry. OK, I’m going to admit this: There were a couple of actresses whom I felt were having the upper hand careerwise—because they knew how to work that red carpet. I was like, “I’m missing a really important tool. If I am the CEO of the Kerry Washington Corporation, my marketing department is really lax.” So I sort of developed a new character: Red-Carpet Kerry.
CL: I love that.
KW: And I researched her like any other character. I actually called Tracee Ellis Ross [the actress and Diana Ross’s daughter], who’s a good friend, and literally asked, “How do you pronounce Hermès?” Red-Carpet Kerry needed to know.
CL: The longshoreman kicked in.
KW: Exactly. The professor’s daughter kicked in. I was doing library hours on fashion. And then it happened—I was in love.
She also spoke a little … very little! about her under-the-radar wedding earlier this year to the San Francisco 49ers Nnamdi Asomugha.
CL: OK, so relationships. In interview after interview, you always use the same phrase: “I don’t talk about my personal life.” I’m curious about the discipline that it requires to be so tight-lipped.
KW: I learned through experience that it doesn’t work for me to talk about my personal life. I’ve had earlier times in my career when I did talk about it. I was on the cover of a bridal magazine [InStyle Weddings, in 2005, when Washington was engaged to actor David Moscow]. But I couldn’t just turn around and say, “I only want to talk about the good stuff, but not the bad stuff.” So I just thought, OK, no more.
CL: You even managed to get married in June without anyone knowing.
KW: Absolutely! I’m walking around in the world with my ring. And when people say congratulations, I say thank you. But I’m going to continue to not talk about it and just let it unfold.
CL: It must have been satisfying to pull off a wedding with no press around.
KW: [Laughs.] I don’t want to sound smug about it…but the point is to do what’s best for me. I have girlfriends in this business who talk about their personal lives, and it works for them, and I love it. But not for me.
Glamour Magazine knows exactly what they’re doing with this. Kerry is on fire right now and her Scandal fan base …well they remind you why the expression comes from fanatic!
Anna, when you getting in on this superstar islandista action here? We’re waiting!