This is her year. Kerry Washington, recently the recipient of three NAACP Image Awards for her starring role on ABC’s Scandal and for her co-starring role in Quentin Tarantino’s lauded Django Unchained is having one of those time in an actress’s life in which she’s on television, online, on the cover of magazines and possibly on the tip of most casting director’s tongues.
Sure she’s been around and received acclaim for her work in movies such as the Oscar-winning Ray and The Last King of Scotland, but in the last year, her role as crisis-management PR person, Olivia Pope has put her into the homes of viewers all over the world.
So much so that according to Washington, on her press tour for Django, fans from countries she visited had Olivia Pope pictures for her to sign.
AStarWasBorn.com talked briefly with the actress about her favorite places in native hometown, the Bronx and about favorite family pastimes that haven’t changed.
ASWB: You are from New York?
I am from the Bronx, New York
ASWB: Could you tell me about some places, if people were to visit, restaurants, etc. that are must-sees for the area?
I love Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, which is the best that Little Italy has to offer, The new Yankee Stadium, The Bronx Zoo, the Bronx Museum of the Arts is pretty amazing and the Lehman College Performing Arts Center is great.
The new New York Yankee’s Stadium was opened in April, 2009. Photo credit: Moonstruck Video & Photo
Photo credit: Enzo Franco Sparacino
ASWB: Does anyone in your family fix you favorite dish that you miss and what is that dish?
We do a lot of barbecuing in the summer.
ASWB: What kind of barbecue?
Chicken, meat, all, including veggie options.
The Bronz Zoo is a main attraction for visitors to the Bronx. Photo credit: geekygirlnyc
ASWB: Did you always know you were going to be an actress growing up?
No, God no.
ASWB: Other ambitions?
I wanted to be a shrink or a teacher, yeah, and I never knew … I just didn’t know how people did it. I didn’t come from a showbiz family. My mother is a retired professor. I didn’t imagine that this could be a career for me.
ASWB: Do people treat you differently, childhood friends when you go back, now that you’re famous?
No my family and my closest friends are pretty much committed to treating me EXACTLY the same, which I’m very grateful for.
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“I love Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, which is the best that Little Italy has to offer”.
ASWB: Do you think we would see D’Jango II?
I don’t know.
ASWB: Would you do it again?
Yeah, if it happens I want to be involved.
ASWB: Any anecdotes from the set regarding Jamie Foxx?
I will just say that it’s great to be reunited with Jamie. In the film, with my character I had to go to a lot of difficult places so it was great to be working with an actor whom I have history with and I love, admire and respect. He made it safe to go to those places.
(For more tips on visiting the Bronx, click here for AStarWasBorn.com’s travel tips article on The Bronx.)