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Kerry Washington at MegaFest
Kerry Washington, our favorite on-screen political fixer, has her sights set on Lincoln Center this summer.
The Scandal lead and cover girl will be joining Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Nina Garcia, and Zac Posen as a guest judge on the season 12 finale of Project Runway. The episode, which famously chronicles the finalists’ first bow at New York Fashion Week, will be taped on Friday, September 6 in front of a star-studded audience and a pensive Olivia Pope Washington watching each designers’ every move.
Though Washington is best known for scripted roles, she apparently goes way back with the authorities on Lifetime’s top reality competition. She filled a seat on the Project Runway judging panel during season six in 2009, then again during season nine in 2011 (you know, the years when we tuned in for Michael Kors’ famous quips). That coupled with her growing fashion profile—a Vanity Fair cover and Met Gala date with Vera Wang to boot—certainly equip her for the role.
The finale will also feature cameos from Paris and Nicki Hilton, Alyssa Milano, former Miss USA Nana Meriwether, and style expert Jeannie Mai. The bad news: said episode won’t hit the airwaves for at least another eight weeks. We guess we’ll settle for Scandal reruns until then.
Sharing details of her childhood and youth, Scandal creator, writer, and showrunner Shonda Rhimes on her own eccentric biographical data.
Shonda Rhimes—writer-creator ofGrey’s Anatomy, Private Practice,and Scandal, three smash hits once simultaneously on the air—is a three-time Emmy nominee, a powerful spokeswoman for racial diversity on television, and a deft coiner of pop-lexicon mainstays (McDreamy! McSteamy! Va-jay-jay!) that we challenge you to try to forget. But the higher Rhimes ascends in the Hollywood pecking order, the more she clings to her writerly, Dartmouth-educated roots, skipping L.A. nightlife to raise her two adopted girls, listen to composer Rachel Portman’s tunes, or plow through heaps of books on her nightstand. Here, the show-running geek gone chic on her habits, habitats, and (childhood) habiliments.
A POLITICAL junkie turned political-thriller writer, she says her first memory of televised politics is the grainy flicker of the Watergate hearings, watched from the kitchen floor as a toddler.
STORY IDEAS, overheard juicy conversations, and other creative scribblings all reside in her iPhone’s Notes app, which she whips out to read from in the writers’ room.
SHE STOPS short of believing in earbuds. In the early days, she wrote Grey’s Anatomy scenes by herself at a picnic table out on the show’s back lot. She wore huge headphones—big, old, tarmac-traffic-directing headphones—to “keep people from coming up to talk to me.” Now she has a private, sleek office, one for each show—and yet the bulky mufflers are “the one thing that stays the same.”
THE TIC she bets drives her assistants most crazy is that she is “very beverage-oriented.” The day starts with fresh green juice—“kale-apple-ginger-spinach-cucumber-celery-parsley!”—and continues apace with constantly replenished water and iced green tea. It terminates, around five P.M. every day, “no matter where I am,” with a glass of red wine.
THE THREE worst days of her life were consecutive: when she decided to kick coffee.
HER TIME machine is liturgical incense, the smell of which—encountered at random—takes her immediately back to church at age 10, when she first became a plaid-uniformed Catholic schoolgirl.
SHE SPENT all her time in a tree reading books for a spell in grade school. Next, she spoke only French, pretending her real family lived in Paris and were due any minute now to come whisk her off to the Sorbonne. (There was a brief period of overlap in which she spoke just French and kept to treetops.) Her parents celebrated these flights of fancy: “ ‘That’s interesting! Do that more!’ ” Her classmates? “Not so much.”
HER BEST FRIEND adopted “weird” new girl Shonda, a fifth-grade transfer with Coke-bottle glasses and French braids, casting the glow of tween popularity upon her by association. Thirty years later, they still talk every day.
SHE BEGAN writing early. Hundreds of journals chronicling those formative years—going back to first grade and filled with angst-y couplets on unrequited crushes—remain in her possession. The younger the writer, the more “pink and curlicued” the notebooks, progressing to leather-bound, unlined volumes. She’s reluctant to crack them now, “terrified to re-discover” who she was.
WITH PURSUITS outside of work, she has but two modes: disinterest and all-consuming obsession, “because I am only able to become obsessed with things.” Her latest fixation is “endorphins,” after she remembered she had a treadmill—bought with purpose two years ago, promptly forgotten. Now, for one hour a day, she’s on it with no interruptions: no children, no phones, no beverage-freighting assistants. Only, of course, television.
IF PRESSED, she’ll acknowledge the presence, somewhere in her home, of a full-on, Etsy-fied, jewelry-making, quilting-happy, hot-glue-gunning, “secret psycho” craft closet.
SHE MAKES weekly episodic television, but she’s also a bona fide TV binger. She watched all ofFringe in three weeks, then all of Game of Thrones. Next: The Wire.
THERE IS one favored show that she watches only live—that she pseudonymously live-blogs—and despite her allegiance to scripted television, it’s a reality program: the National Spelling Bee, or to her, simply, “the Bee.” In her professional view, it’s even better television now that the kids aren’t swept off to compose themselves in a quiet comfort room. They’re put right in front of the cameras as soon as they whiff. “So much more brutal,” she says, chuckling. “The Hunger Games of spelling.”
Season 3 premieres Thursday, October 3 at 10pm on ABC
COMMITMENT: Two seasons, 29 hour-long episodes. That’s not the tiniest of workloads, but once you get going, you’ll burn through it in a heartbeat.
WHY YOU SHOULD CATCH UP NOW: Scandal was the most buzzed-about drama on broadcast TV last season, and with good reason. Shonda Rhimes has been making pulpy, populist shows about women blurring the lines between their professional and personal lives for more than a decade, but Scandal is that to the highest degree. Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope is a D.C. fixer who can’t fix her own life, including her relationship with the President of the United States, not to mention the slew of political emergencies and conspiracies that unspool in a rapid succession and involve everything from election-rigging to murder. It’s all as ridiculous as it sounds, but also completely enthralling.
CHEAT SHEET: One of the great things about Scandal is that it’s broken down into serialized mini-arcs: 7 episodes in the first season, and then two separate stories of thirteen and 9 episodes, respectively, in Season 2. The show is still feeling around in the dark a little in Season 1, so if you’re pressed for time, just watch the pilot and the finale and then jump to Season 2. The first half of Season 2 is a riot. You won’t be disappointed. —Cory
Bellamy Young at the 3rd Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival
Bellamy Young attends LEXUS Live on Grand hosted by Curtis Stone at the third annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival. #WERK
What Bellamy Young Wore: red Yves Saint Laurent Belle De Jour Clutch
Tony Goldwyn answering Facebook fan questions via ABC Studios UK, thx to @scandal411 for mentioning
ABC Studios UK: We asked Tony Goldwyn (#Scandal’s very own President) some of your Facebook questions… https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10153110909250277
Bellamy Young’s Southern Living article and photo shoot. #BeautifulBells
I believe her next magazine spread/cover will be out next month :)
Kerry Washington has been added to #GirlTalk at Mega-Fest in Dallas. #GirlTalk (hosted by Mrs. Serita Jakes and Sarah Jakes) kicks off on Saturday August 31st from 9:00 to 10:30 A.M. (Mega-Fest runs from August 29-31)!
Sometimes, we just need to be real, and Woman Thou Art Loosed at MegaFest is doing just that by bringing back our most popular segment—Girl Talk! Discussing the situations faced by today’s women, Girl Talk is calling all women together as we confront contemporary issues such as domestic violence, self-esteem, relationships and even finances! This is one symposium you don’t want to miss. Hosted by Mrs. Serita Jakes and Sarah Jakes, Girl Talk will include various segments featuring a dynamic panel of speakers that will challenge your perception on the hard-hitting issues, present a fresh perspective that will improve your outlook on life and inspire you to greatness.