Kerry Washington Still Feels As If She’s Just Starting to Get Started


KW:I was inspired by my co-stars Scandalto begin directing. The show was so historic in so many ways in terms of breaking ground, changing the face of television—but the only two actors on the show who ever directed at first were our two white male leads, Tony Goldwyn and Scott FoleyShonda [Rhimes] asked me early on—I guess she was watching dailies and heard me talking to some of the actors—she said, “You know, I’d love for you to direct an episode.” But it took me a few seasons to have the guts to do it. I didn’t want the show ending without making that leap, and making sure there was a wider range of actors-directors.

KW: I think so. Part of the reason is that I have never been drawn here to work for praises. Although I don’t claim to be an arrogant person, I think the accolades I receive are extraordinary and deserve more. The magic of the process is what brings me joy, the discovery of a story and the way it unfolds. More, I feel like “Look at us, we’re doing it!”When I get up at 6 a.m. Monday morning, I plan my shot while the sun rises. This helps me make sure that we are there in the right moment. For me, that’s the best thing. “Wow, look at where we are, this is so exciting!”

(This interview was edited to ensure clarity and length.)

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