Kerry Washington became the real deal for her role and portrayal of the character of Olivia Pope, a savvy crisis manager and “fixer” who was both campaign/political advisor cum concubine of Senator Fitz-Gerald Grant who became president of the United States in the ABC TV series, Scandal. She is a long time actress and producer who has been nominated for many awards.
The drama series Scandal earned her the NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actress in drama series. Her records through the years have shown that she only gets better in her performance making laudable achievements in her career. In 2016 she was ranked Forbes 6th highest paid TV actress.
Born Kerry Marisa Washington in the Bronx, New York City, on January 31, 1977, Kerry Washington is the daughter of Earl Washington and Valerie Moss. Her father Earl was a real estate broker and her mother, Valerie, who is cousins with Colin Powell – a past US Secretary of State – is also an educational consultant and college professor. Kerry has a mixed ancestry but her nationality is American. She attended the Spence School in Manhattan. After high school, she proceeded to obtain a double major in Sociology and Anthropology and also graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1998 from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. (formerly Columbian College/University). She also studied at Michael Howard Studios in New York.
Kerry Washington’s Career
Kerry Washington began her career in 1994 when she starred in Magical Make-over and since then she has starred in a whole lot of movies some of which includes Standard Deviants (1996), Our Song (2000), Save The Last Dance (2001), Bad Company (2002), Human Stain (2003), She Hates Me (2004). From 2005, she did only support roles in films such as Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), Little Man (2006), The Last King of Scotland (2006), I Think I Love My Wife (2007) and starred in Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls (2010), Django Unchained (2012) before signing up for the ABC TV series, Scandal where she starred as the lead actress in 2012.
She portrayed Olivia Pope who manages her own firm known as Olivia Pope Associates (OPA), a crisis management firm which protects the public image of its clientele (including the President of the United States at some point). The still ongoing TV series has received a lot of positive reviews as she was ranked 20th on the list of highest paid television actors with $8 million as her net worth in 2012. In 2013 she was made TV Star of the Year by Editor’s Magazine and nominated for an Emmy at 65th Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in Drama.
In 2015, Scandal was ranked in the tenth place among the top 10 political TV shows for the year. With the TV show catapulting her to the spotlight, she ranked higher in the wealth equation in 2016, becoming the sixth highest paid television actress with a net worth of $13.5 million. She also played the lead role in HBO’s 2016 movie Confirmation.
Apart from acting, Kerry Washington has signed on endorsement deals with Apple Music, Neutrogena and Movado and has worked with popular cosmetic brands such as Vogue, L’Oreal and Nivea. Her net worth is estimated to be between $14 – $18 million.
Parents, Husband, Kids – Baby and Daughter
Kerry Washington’s father is an African American while her mother Valerie is of Jamaica, Scottish and partly English descent. They were not in support of her choice of career as an actress because they were concerned about her not being able to fend for herself in a such a competitive world. Kerry even remembers her mother shedding tears just to make her reconsider her decision. But today, Kerry has beyond all doubt proven to her parents that she can survive as an actress and also take good care of them.
Kerry Washington is among the few superstars who know that their personal life is totally different from their public appearances. She dated actor David Moscow and was engaged to him between October 2004 and March 2007 before it was called off. Kerry met her husband, Nnamdi Asomugha in 2009 and on June 24, 2013, they had a top-secret wedding in Hailey, Idaho. Kerry suddenly appeared on set with a wedding ring to the surprise of many who weren’t aware she was even dating anyone.
Nnamdi Asomugha is an actor and producer, he is also a former American football cornerback and was born in Lafayette, Louisiana to his proud Nigerian parents of Igbo origin. Nnamdi has played for Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, and San Francisco 49’ers. As an actor, he has starred in The Game (2008), Friday Night Season 4 (2009), Leverage Season 3 (2010), Fire With Fire starring Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawason and John Duhamel (2012).
The couple has two kids together and there have been rumours that they have gone their separate ways and they have not responded to any of them instead, the family of four is growing strong together. When asked in an interview why she has decided to keep her personal life a secret, Kerry responded saying that experience has taught her to know when to separate the spotlight from personal life and besides the life is hers to either put out or keep secret. In April 2014, Kerry gave birth to her first daughter with her husband Nnamdi and gave her a sweet Nigerian middle name Isabelle Amarachi. She gave birth to her second child and first son Caleb Kelechi in October 2016.
Body Measurements, Feet
Kerry Washington has amazing feet with long toenails, a banana-shaped body and curvy hips. For her petite body frame, she has an equally fitting breast size. Her bra size is 32B. Her hair colour is black and her eyes are dark brown. Kerry weighs only 53 kg (117 pounds) and is 5ft 4in tall. And in case you want to give or send her a shoe/dress gift, her feet size is 8 and her dress size is 2 (all in US measurements). For her body measurements, the screen diva is 32-24-34 inches.