“All of the things that define Olivia Pope, the walk, the hair, the clothes, the Prada bags, the being in control, all of those elements were ripped from me and ripped from her,” reveals actress Kerry Washington about a pivotal moment in the recent fourth season of “Scandal.”
In a video chat with Gold Derby (watch below), she discusses the showcase episode “Run,” which might just be her submission to Emmy judges this year. She adds, ” Who is the essence of this person without her toolbox? All of the things that help her have her mask of Olivia Pope. Who is she underneath all of that?”
Washington has received Emmy nominations the past two years for playing Olivia on the hot, sexy, soapy ABC series created by Shonda Rhimes. The character is a crisis manager who formerly worked for U.S. President Fitz Grant (Tony Goldwyn), a man with whom she is also having a secret affair. Even though the mid-season episode “Run” has the always-in-control Olivia in her own crisis, the season finale concludes with her in the White House in the arms of Fitz.
Of those last moments of the fourth season, she says, “When we did the table read for that episode, it took my breath away. I thought, ‘What do I open up Pope and Associates in the east wing of the White House?’ I don’t even know what to make of our show now. But I am really happy for Fitz and Olivia that they are getting this beautiful moment on the Truman balcony. I wonder how long it will last.”
The series has already had a good relationship with Emmy voters in its short run so far. In 2013, Washington had her first nod as Best Drama Actress, and Dan Bucatinsky won as Best Drama Guest Actor. Last year, Washington again contended along with guest star Kate Burton while Joe Morton (who plays her father Rowan Pope) prevailed in his guest category.
Washington is not sitting still on her summer hiatus for the show. She is executive producing and starring in the upcoming HBO telefilm “Confirmation,” which will be in production soon. She plays the real-life role of Anita Hill, the woman who accused eventual Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexually harassing her during his 1991 confirmation hearings.
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