The Fixer

Sea­son 2 (*194) 20:30 Drama

TV Plus (South Africa) - - 21 AUGUST -

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.

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