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Kerry Washington: I was lively child

Kerry Washington was a mature child who believed she'd have a career helping others.

The 36-year-old actress stars in the TV series Scandal and has also appeared in movies such as Ray.

Acting wasn't always a natural career choice for Kerry as she believed she'd channel her early maturity into doing something to help others.

"I was a very energetic, precocious child," she admitted to the latest UK edition of Marie Claire. "I didn't actually think that I'd be an actor. It was something I loved to do, but I didn't think I'd make a career out of it. I thought I'd be a social worker, using my skills in a more pragmatic way."

The multi-talented star has also turned her hand to politics.

She is an active supporter of feminism, standing as a member of Barack Obama's committee on the arts and humanities.

Last year rumours circulated that Kerry had been banned from the White House by Michelle Obama after getting too close to the US President. Kerry is happy to shrug off the speculation.

"I work very closely with Michelle. She really encourages women, including myself, to be the best version of themselves, so to hear rumours like those, they're really funny," she said about the claims. "Although they're the ultimate compliment for Scandal, because they sound like something out of my TV show."

The A-list star denies she's practically perfect. Her biggest vice is lifting things from the sets of her films.

Kerry took high heeled wedges from her role in romcom Peeples and in Django Unchained she took her character's rosary.

"Playing a character really changes me in some way so it's nice to remember that," she explained.

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