Kerry Washington is “really, really vigilant” about keeping her kids out of the spotlight.

“These are their lives. But it’s not about pulling a Rapunzel and hiding them away in a castle from the world—we don’t want to do that,” Washington says in her March InStyle cover story.


She continues, “I think any parent would want to keep kids from a situation that causes them to feel scared. I don’t want them to be exploited, particularly in this social-media world.”

The Little Fires Everywhere actress has been married to retired football pro Nnamdi Asomugha since 2013, and is mom to their 5-year-old daughter Isabelle and 3-year-old son Caleb. She is also stepmom to Asomugha’s teenage daughter from a previous relationship.

“I have moments where I take pictures or videos of one of my three amazing kids and I want to post it online, and I tend to just send it to my parents or to my shrink instead,” Washington previously told Today’s Willie Geist. “I’m like, ‘My kids are so cute and I don’t want to post about them, so look at how cute they are!”

There is one thing, however, that Washington is willing to share about her kids—they like to swim!

“My husband teased me that if I did the [DNA test] 23andMe, it would come back 11 percent mermaid,” she told InStyle. “My kids are the same way. They’re just fish.”

The March issue of InStyle is available for sale on Feb. 14.


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