Kerry Washington Talks Filming 'Scandal' While Pregnant: 'The Season Really Broke Me'


The Hollywood Reporter spoke with several Emmy actresses about their most challenging moments from this past television season.

While discussing her work on Scandal, Kerry Washington opened up about how difficult filming this last season while pregnant truly was.

She said:

All of last season was a challenge for me, on a few levels. For one thing, I was going through this amazing physical transition, this physical journey of having a baby, that my character was not going through. And I work very physically. What I do is often grounded in the body. That meant I had to figure out how to be this woman while my instrument was changing and evolving every day. It was like seeing the keys on a piano jump around on a daily basis. It was tough for me to even maintain Olivia’s walk because of the changes.

At the same time, everything I understood about Olivia unraveled because of the storylines. The season really broke me. I’m a Type A actor who likes to have it all figured out going in, but suddenly I had no idea where this woman was going to go next. I had to jump in without everything being perfect. I felt like I had been in control playing the character, but it all got taken away from me last season. That meant my acting toolbox had to be upgraded. I had to trade in my screwdriver and hammer for a Black and Decker power tool.

We love when Kerry talks about her craft. She does it with such poise and articulation — she truly is an artist.

You can read more stories from other Emmy nominees here.

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