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Monday 31 August 2015

Kerry Washington: I'd never run for president

Published 20/09/2012

Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington will not pursue a high-level career in politics.

The actress portrays Olivia Pope, a character based on former president George H. W. Bush's press aide Judy Smith, in TV series Scandal.

In real life Kerry serves on Barack Obama's President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

Although Kerry is surrounded by politics, she does not want to run for office.

"Never ever. Never, never, never, never, never, never!" she told People magazine. "I'm in the administration now and I'm very honoured to serve and to serve in an appointed position but running for office is something I am not interested in in any way shape or form."

Scandal introduced mysterious character Quinn Perkins during the season one finale.

Fans were asking Kerry about the inscrutable persona for months.

"[Quinn Perkins] represents my whole summer because all summer long people were walking up to me saying 'Who is Quinn Perkins!?' in supermarkets, airports... It was so much fun! Luckily I didn't know [who she actually is] at the time because I don't know if I'd be able to keep it a secret for that long!" she gushed.

"Right away in the season premiere [September 27] we address it."

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