Kerry Washington: Voting was a milestone
Kerry Washington says she celebrated becoming a voting citizen "the way other people celebrated a Sweet 16".
The 36-year-old Ray star will never forget when she turned 18.
Rather than throwing a huge party or being lavished with an expensive gift, she had a thoughtful sit-down with her parents.
"My becoming a voting citizen was celebrated the way other people would celebrate a Sweet 16," Kerry told Vanity Fair.
"My parents took me out to dinner, and we talked about who I was going to vote for."
That was in 1995, during Bill Clinton's first term as President of the United States.
Now, 18 years later, Kerry is playing a former crisis manager to the Commander in Chief in her hit television series Scandal.
The actress opened up about her role as political maven Olivia Pope.
She's been overwhelmed by the positive response from fans all over the world.
"It's especially profound in a place like South Africa. It's called The Fixer over there, and it just started its second season," she said.
The most exhilarating experience has been seeing her role break down racial barriers.
Kerry believes the unique relationship between her character and viewers is changing programming in a positive way.
"The fact that white women can see this woman of color as an aspirational character is revolutionary, I think, in the medium of television," she explained. "I don't think white women would feel that way about Olivia if her identity as a woman, period, wasn't first in their mind."
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