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Indeed, there’s little else to describe Kerry Washington on the latest cover of Uptown magazine.
The actress, 35, has been on a whirlwind of late late, hitting up media outlets left and right to promote her ABC ratings winner ‘Scandal’, as well as upcoming movie ‘Django Unchained’.
In this, the December / January 2013 issue of the mag, Washington dishes on her career, family life, the times she’s wanted to quit the entertainment industry – and the slavery controversy surrounding her new movie – ‘Django Unchained’.
On what drew her to Django and the controversy around the movie:
“I’ve never seen slavery dealt with this way before in film. So often it’s a white character who’s the savior of black people.” “We should have a plethora of visions and interpretations of who we are as a nation.” But she admits, “This is not necessarily the film I would make about slavery.”
On growing up in the Washington household and her multi-culti family:
She still remembers the lively, sometimes heated, discussions on race and society around the dinner table. “My family’s very multiethnic,” she says. “When we get together for the holidays, it is the U.N., across the board.”
On the culture shock when she enrolled in an upper east side private school:
Prior to Spence, Washington thought her working-middle-class family was balling. “We had a microwave and two cars. We had a dishwasher before anyone in the building,” she says. “And then you go to this other world, and it’s, ‘Oh, we’re taking a helicopter to your house in the Hamptons?’ For a lot of classmates, I knew the only other black women they’d known were their domestic help.”
On leaving the entertainment business:
“Sometimes I feel like I can’t do this anymore.” Almost once a year, her hair and makeup folks hear it: “I am done! I’m so done.”
On why she’s no saint:
“If you look at my body of work, I’ve always taken huge risks. I’ve played prostitutes, drug addicts, pimping lesbians. I do work I’m drawn to.”