Her days of wearing the white hat may be over, but actress and Scandal star Kerry Washington is still Olivia Popeing two very special jobs – her role as wife to former NFL cornerback and actor-producer Nnamdi Asomugha, and mom to daughter Isabelle, 4, and son, Caleb, 2.
In a recent interview with Marie Claire, the notoriously private Bronx native gives us a glimpse into her life since her hit show ended in a way that makes us love her even more. Washington, who will be heading back to Broadway this November in American Son, gushes when she talks about her love of theater and how her last Broadway run changed her life.
“Theater is a big part of why I fell in love with storytelling and with acting, and I hadn’t been able to do it for the whole life of Scandal,” said Washington. “I love being in the room with your audience. The last time I did theater, it completely transformed my life. That’s where I met my husband.”
When she’s not on screen or on stage, Washington enjoys just being home with her family and doing the things they love.
“I love being with my family,” she added. “My days off look like homework, reading and watching stuff. Just hanging out, doing things we love to do.”
When asked what motherhood has taught her, the actress said that in reality, her children have actually taught her quite a bit.
“Everything. My children are my teachers. There’s a writer that I love, Dr. Shefali Tsabary,” Washington explained.”She writes about conscious parenting, and her paradigm is that we think about it all wrong. We think children come into the world and it’s our job to mold them and create them and teach them who to be so that they can be the best version of themselves, but it’s actually completely upside down. We get sent by God the kids we need so we can grow in order to be the parents they need us to be. The children I got sent came in perfect, and I have to figure out how to grow and evolve so that I can support the truth of them. I’m in a constant state of learning and challenging myself to make room for their perfection and beauty.”