Kerry Washington Covers Women's Health December 2012

Posted Friday November 30, 2012 12:45 PM GMT

With less than a month left before her new movie "Django Unchained" hits theaters on Christmas Day, Kerry Washington garnered herself a little extra attention by covering the December 2012 issue of Women's Health magazine.

The 35-year-old actress looked picture perfect in an Elizabeth and James blazer with Prism by Anna Laub bikini bottoms and a Movado Bold watch for the Jeff Lipsky shot front page.

Dishing about everything from her soon-to-be released film to her snacks of choice, a few highlights from Miss Washington's interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Women's Health!

On what she would have been if she didn't make it in Hollywood:
“If I wasn’t an actress, I would probably be a teacher. Either an elementary school teacher or a yoga teacher. Both of which I did when I was living in New York pursuing a career in acting. I liked doing both of those things very much. I think it would surprise people to know that what I really wanted to do as a child was to be the woman in the Shamu show at Sea World. And the big joke in my family is that I started taking Marine Biology and I was like, forget the whale, I’ll just be on stage by myself.”

On her hunger quelling food of choice:
“I am not a vegan, but I like vegan protein shakes. I mix them with coconut water instead of regular water. That’s my secret to having them taste better. I love popcorn. I could live on popcorn. The writers of Scandal have made my character Olivia Pope have a similar relationship with popcorn. But I don’t mind because I get to eat popcorn at work.”

On the preparation involved in readying for her gig in 'Django Unchained':
“One of the things that I really love most about my job is the research part of it….So, I studied a lot. It’s kind of hard to articulate the level of preparation that we all had to do for this film because so much of it was emotional and psychological preparation. It’s hard to talk about because we all had to go into a part of American history that is so dark and complicated and fraught with the past sins of this country.”

Photo Credit: Jeff Lipsky for Women's Health