“We would stay in character after the show, and the audience would interact with us,” she recalls of her time with the troupe. “It taught me the importance of really understanding everything about who you’re playing, because you never knew what question was going to come.”
Talk about excellent prep for a Tarantino film — and her “Scandal” role. “I have to learn things to be [Olivia] all the time,” Washington adds, claiming to not be as smart as her intimidatingly sharp small-screen character.
We don’t believe that for a second, and neither does “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes, who praises Washington’s work ethic. “I have never heard Kerry Washington complain,” Rhimes says. “That sounds like a casual thing to toss off, but think about the fact that she works more hours than anybody. I literally never hear her complain. That is a very rare breed of person.”
Washingtonin a hush-hush ceremony on June 24 in Idaho.