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Kerry Washington: I’ve changed so much

Actress Kerry Washington used her breaks from filming Scandal to “experience the expansion” of her life.

Scandal star Kerry Washington can’t believe how much her life has changed since the show first aired.

The actress plays Olivia Pope in the hit ABC series which debuted in April 2012. While her on-screen alter ego has had many ups and downs, Kerry’s life has also gone through some changes, becoming a wife and a mother during that time.

“People have houses they didn't have, and cars they didn't have," she laughed to USA Today when asked about how different life is now that the show has been a huge success. "I have a husband, I have a child. We've all changed so much in the last five years. We've really grown up together."

The 38 year old tied the knot with former NFL cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha in a intimate ceremony in June 2013. The couple’s daughter Isabelle arrived ten months later during a gap in filming Scandal.

“I really took the last two hiatuses to experience the expansion of my life,” she told the outlet. “I got married and went on my honeymoon two years ago, and then last (year) I basically was on maternity leave because my daughter really timed herself perfectly for our hiatus. And so this hiatus it was time for me to do a movie."

Kerry starred in HBO film Confirmation but is thrilled to be back working on series five of Scandal. Creator Shonda Rhimes sets a fast pace for the actors involved in the show, with Kerry admitting she only finds out the plot for her character “episode to episode”.

“There are times when we have a table read on the day that we're starting a new episode and you have to memorise it immediately,” she revealed. “From Day One of choosing to do this show, a lot of my work has been in trusting this journey. I'm constantly closing my eyes and falling backward into our writers. And they're back there ready to hold us up all the time."

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