Kerry Washington Lands Cover of JET Magazine

by on October 25, 2012


Kerry Washington landed the cover of the latest issue of Jet magazine. In the October 29th issue, released this week, she talks about her  current big role on as Olivia Pope on Scandal.

Here’s a snippet of her interview to Jet

“As women of all races, we are being taught to be strong, but for Black women it has never been a luxury to not be anything else but that,” she says. “To be able to go beyond the idea of just being strong but to also be a human being, now that’s an accomplishment. My character Olivia Pope gets to be complex, insecure, and to not be a love interest for once, but to have a love interest.”

Washington gave a shockingly similar answer to a the question about her character Broomhilda in the upcoming flick Django Unchained this summer at Comic Con. She said of Broomhilda in this interview:

“…she exists in a time when historically black women were of necessity independently strong…the fact that Broomhilda gets to be the princess in the tower that gets rescued by her man in a way that kind reclaims black marriage and black love to me is a different kind of strength, I felt like the black women as the “princess in the tower” is an archetype we haven’t been able to enjoy. And that’s what I appreciated about her. It’s a different kind of strength. “

Am I the only one to find striking similarity in Kerry Washington’s answers?  It’s tough to be sure without the full interview before us.

Unfortunately the magazine is tough to get your hands on without a subscription . Neither the Walmart, Publix, Barnes and Noble, CVS, or Walgreens in my city has the magazine on store shelves. You can order a 1 year subscription on their website here.


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