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Sunday 19 April 2015

Kerry Washington: I was too goofy for Hollywood

Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington dreamed of being a clinical psychologist when she grew up.

The actress was more introverted when she was growing up and had dreams of pursuing other, more scientific, career paths. However, Kerry blossomed into a confident woman and has appeared in a series of hit movies including Django Unchained and Ray.

"I imagined I'd be a clinical psychologist, with a focus on how performance shapes identity. I'd figure out ways to use role-playing in the healing of people," she told the latest US issue of Elle magazine, before being quizzed on whether she had ever considered making films. "I was not that girl. I was a kooky theatre kid, silly and goofy and academic."

Kerry has surpassed her expectations and is now one of the brightest talents in Hollywood.

The 36-year-old star's profile looks set to rise after she landed a role in new TV show Scandal, playing a woman who runs her own crisis management firm.

"I'm the luckiest broad in Hollywood now," she beamed. "To be the lead actor on Scandal and to be in the highest-earning [Quentin] Tarantino movie [Django Unchained] - I don't get to ask for more."

Kerry went on to reveal that she has a newly-discovered interest in fashion and beauty.

The star attends regular red carpet events, and the preparation process is more enjoyable that she thought.

"I found out I enjoy the process," she added. "All these people show up at my house, they all have kits, someone has dresses. And it's like, Let's have fun. It's not all about me. We're able to create stories on the red carpet."

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