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Kerry Washington: Therapy works

Kerry Washington takes it as a compliment when people get confused seeing her out and about with her Scandal nemesis Bellamy Young.

The 38-year-old actress is one of the most famous women around thanks to her role as Olivia Pope on hit TV show Scandal, which has won 23 awards since it started in 2012.

Kerry's alter ego is known for her manipulative and controlling nature, which the actress can't relate to but empathises with.

"I love her. To me she’s like family, and with family, it doesn’t matter if you like them or not, you love them no matter what. I don’t always agree with her choices, but I have a lot of compassion for them," Olivia said to The Edit. "[The biggest difference between us is that] I do a lot of therapy! Not to say that I have it all together, but I think I have a little bit more awareness about my behaviour patterns and I do the work it takes to get out of them."

The programme has famous fans such as US First Lady Michelle Obama and Mariah Carey, and Kerry is thrilled by the positive reactions. She credits the followers for giving Scandal "life" and still can't get her head around the fact President Barack Obama and his wife tune in.

In between working and spending time with the family - husband Nnamdi Asomugha and 11-month-old daughter Isabelle - the star turns to Twitter to post updates to her 2.7 million followers.

While a majority of the comments she receives are positive and complimentary, Kerry isn't a stranger to being negatively criticised online.

"I’m really open to freedom of expression and I’m open to differences in opinion. But I draw the line at any level of sexism, racism, hatred or violence, so I block or report those people to [Twitter’s] security," she added.

"[Some people on the internet] do get caught up. Bellamy Young [who plays Olivia’s nemesis, Mellie Grant] and I are really good friends and sometimes when people see us out together they get very confused. I take it as a compliment."

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