Kerry Washington's 'risky' role on Scandal

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 23 July 2014
Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington says she takes risks "all the time" on her hit show 'Scandal' as her character is so deeply "flawed" and complex

Kerry Washington takes risks "all the time" on 'Scandal'.

The Emmy Award-nominated starlet says her role as political fixer Olivia Pope is enormously challenging to her as an actress as the character - who is having an affair with the president of the United States - is "flawed" and has many different shades to her.

Kerry explained: "Olivia is such a revered character - we want to see her as all-powerful and all-knowing and yet she's enormously flawed. Taking a hero and revealing her dark side - her flaws and humanity - is an exciting creative risk for me."

The 37-year-old actress feels there are very few complex roles available for women and says it's "exciting" to play a character that is different.

She added: "I think we feel underrepresented in different forms of media, or as people of colour - there's a longing for those characters to be perfect. To say, 'No, I'm not supposed to be an upstanding citizen for all women or a role model for all people of colour. I'm going to be a human being: three dimensional, messy and alive - both powerful and a little bit of a mess.' Now that's exciting."

Kerry recently earned her second Emmy nomination for playing Olivia but she admits she doesn't get "caught up" in awards hysteria.

She told Stylist magazine: "I love what I do and being able to do it is the most important thing to me."

'Scandal' Season 3 starts on July 31 at 9pm on Sky Living.

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