Scandal star Kerry Washington has opened up about the challenges of filming the hit ABC show while pregnant.
“I work very physically as an actor. The biggest thing for me has been the challenge of how to be this person [Olivia Pope] with the personal transformation that’s going on for me physically and how to stay true to this character. That hasn’t been easy,” Kerry tells The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s been an awesome challenge for me as an actor because so much of how I access character is through my body. It’s definitely been complicated to say the least.”
She continues, “I’ve learned a lot about other ways to access Olivia and be her. It’s interesting that Olivia has had such a dark season and that’s been hard, too. I have my own understanding about who she is and to watch her go through and have to embody some of the things Olivia had to go through this season has really been challenging,” she said. “I’ve always talked about my favorite thing about the character being the balance between her strength and vulnerability, so to be this very strong woman in these very dark periods of emotional vulnerability has been hard—and fun.”
Washington, who is expecting her first child with her husband Nnamdi Asomugha, thanks Scandal’s team for all their support. “I’m just grateful for how hard everybody has worked to maintain the authenticity of this character in this world,” she gushed. “I’m grateful to [costume designer] Lyn Paolo and all our producers.”
The season finale of Scandal ended with a bang on Thursday.
More pictures of Olivia on the Scandal set are below!