Kerry Washington proud of ‘Scandal’ diversity

    Kerry_WashingtonThere are likely a lot of reasons “Scandal” would be a point of pride for Kerry Washington, but the Emmy nominee said one stands apart from the rest.

    “What’s important to me is that the show represents diversity on so many levels. When you look at the cast of characters on our show, you see diversity with regard to ethnicity, with regard to gender, with regard to sexual orientation, with regard to age, with regard to race and that to me is what’s most important, that a show that represents the full spectrum of humanity…that that show could be so celebrated. That’s what I’m most proud of,” Kerry told “Access Hollywood.”

    The Django Unchained actress is nominated for a Primetime Emmy in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category. If she takes home the prize during Sunday’s ceremony, she will be the first Black woman to receive the award.

    Kerry’s character, Olivia Pope, is based on real-life crisis management expert Judy Smith who is a racial minority. That makes the show more true-to-life and authentic, according to Kerry.

    “I love that Olivia, that her race is an important aspect of who she is, but it’s not the defining aspect of who she is and I think that that just rings true of all of us in humanity,” she said. “Where we were born matters. When we were born matters, our religion…all of those things matter, but they’re not the only defining factor in our personality or our character. That’s what I love about her.”

    Watch Kerry below.

    Do you like diverse casts, like “Scandal,” or do you miss shows with a majority Black cast more? Send Kerry your congratulations and leave your comments below.

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