When Kerry Washington got pregnant, we bet she was overjoyed.
Then she probably realized there might be a bit of a problem…
Olivia Pope wasn't pregnant!
Kerry plays Olivia on the TV show Scandal and things must've been tough as her belly grew!
"All of last season was a challenge for me, on a few levels. For one thing, I was going through this amazing physical transition, this physical journey of having a baby, that my character was not going through. And I work very physically. What I do is often grounded in the body.
That meant I had to figure out how to be this woman while my instrument was changing and evolving every day. It was like seeing the keys on a piano jump around on a daily basis. It was tough for me to even maintain Olivia's walk because of the changes."
Wow, that sounds intense!
We can imagine how all the physical parts of being pregnant could affect a role… but what about the emotional changes?
"At the same time, everything I understood about Olivia unraveled because of the shorelines. The season really broke me. I'm a Type A actor who likes to have it all figured out going in, but suddenly I had no idea where this woman was going to go next. I had to jump in without everything being perfect. I felt like I had been in control playing the character, but it all got taken away from me last season. That meant my acting toolbox had to be upgraded. I had to trade in my screwdriver and hammer for a Black and Decker power tool."
That's amazing, she's such a strong, talented woman.
Instead of trying to get people to write a pregnancy into the show or something, she faced the issue head on and adapted.
We bet she's an even better actress after going through something like that!
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