Posted November 19, 2012 by Chelle B in Style and Fashion

Kerry Washington Covers Women’s Health Magazine [Photo]

star Kerry Washington covers the December 2012 issue of Women’s Health magazine. During the interview, Washington opens up about the preparation process for the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film “Django Unchained” and playing Olivia Pope in the ABC series. Check out some highlights from the interview.

On playing Olivia Pope in Scandal:
”At the end of the first episode, she’s crying in a coat closet alone. I think that’s what a lot of us are dealing with in our lives — that we feel like we have to be so tough and so strong and have it all figured out. We live in a world where we do have the ability to be smart, bold, professional, talented women. But we also are vulnerable human beings, you know?”

On prepping for Django Unchained:
“One of the things that I really love most about my job is the research part of it….So, I studied a lot. It’s kind of hard to articulate the level of preparation that we all had to do for this film because so much of it was emotional and psychological preparation. It’s hard to talk about because we all had to go into a part of American history that is so dark and complicated and fraught with the past sins of this country.”

On what she would do if she wasn’t an actress:
“If I wasn’t an actress, I would probably be a teacher. Either an elementary school teacher or a yoga teacher. Both of which I did when I was living in New York pursuing a career in acting. I liked doing both of those things very much. I think it would surprise people to know that what I really wanted to do as a child was to be the woman in the Shamu show at Sea World. And the big joke in my family is that I started taking Marine Biology and I was like, forget the whale, I’ll just be on stage by myself.”