Scandal star Kerry Washington has been slaying on magazine covers lately. This time she is the cover muse for American news publication Adweek.
The actor who has now added executive producer to her CV thanks to the hit HBO film Confirmation chats about her life as a producer, her upcoming nail line and do you remember Apple Music’s advert which features Kerry, Mary J. Blige and Taraji P. Henson? Well she chats all about it
Peep the highlights:
Why did Confirmation speak to you, as an actress and producer?
I’ve been wanting to produce for some time because I want to have more creative control over the things that I do, and not be victim to the whims of other people’s desires. This story resonated with me because I had really personal memories, not as much about the hearings themselves, because I was probably about 13 when it happened, but I had real memories about how it affected my parents, their feelings about the hearings. And it was one of the first moments that I was made consciously aware of my own identity intersectionality: the idea that there may be times that I feel passionate about something as a person of color, and there may be times that I feel passionate about something as a woman, and there may be times when those two things are at odds with each other. So it was a poignant moment in my own developmental understanding of who I was
What led to your Apple Music ads with Taraji P. Henson and Mary J. Blige?
That came together through friends of mine: Steve Stoute, who is the head of Translation Marketing, and is like the brother I never had, and Jimmy Iovine at Apple Music. Steve felt like people know the Olivia Pope side of me, and the real-world White House side of me, and the magna cum laude Kerry who gives speeches at commencements, but they don’t really know hip-hop Kerry and Kerry from the Bronx, the way Steve does. He felt like that was a part of my brand that I wasn’t doing a good enough job getting out there. There aren’t a lot of products and a product space that live in that part of my identity that I would necessarily want to partner with, but Apple Music was a no-brainer.
For the full feature check out adweek.com
Photography: Alexei Hay/Stockland Martel
Styling: Leslie Billings/ Walter Schupfer Management.
Set design: Lauren Shields/ Halley Resources.
Hair: Takisha Sturdivant- Drew for Exclusive Artists/Neutrogena. Makeup: Autumn Moultrie for Exclusive Artists/Neutrogena. Manicure: April Foreman for OPI/The Wall Group.
Dress: Gauri and Nainika; Jewelry: Dolce & Gabbana, Ippolita. Shoes: Christian Louboutin.