Season 2 e.tv (*194) 20:30 Drama
Who does Mr President call when he’s in a fix? Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) from drama series The Fixer (2012-current), of course! In reality though, Kerry isn’t as risk-taking as her character Liv, but the actress does make calculated choices such as advocating for women’s rights and campaigning with the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Project. “I come from a house of pretty socially active people. Talking about politics has always been a big part of my upbringing,” laughs Kerry.
Politics isn’t just a job, it’s Kerry’s 1
passion. During former President Obama’s term, she sat on his committee for Arts & Humanities. That’s where she discovered her favourite phrase: “You may not be thinking about politics, but politics is thinking about you!”
And when Kerry isn’t thinking 2
about work, her mind is on family. The 40-year-old is married to NFL star Nnamdi Asomugha (36) and they have two children – daughter Isabelle (three) and son Caleb (five months).
Being pregnant while filming her 3
show wasn’t a problem for Kerry, who taped The Fixer season 6 until she was eight months with Caleb. “We hid the pregnancy behind coats and capes, behind Prada purses and behind flowers,” laughs Kerry.
It turns out hiding her private life 4
is something she’s good at. Kerry kept quiet about getting married not only to her co-stars, but also boss and series creator Shonda Rhimes. “You just have to kind of do whatever works for you, in all circumstances,” she says.
And her secret to staying in shape 5
is simple: Pilates and dancing. She used to dance with Jennifer Lopez at the famed Bronx Boys & Girls Club.