Kerry Washington Talks Privacy in Glamour October 2013: I'm Doing What's Best For Me
While donning designer garb from Dior and Dolce & Gabbana for the Peggy Sirota-shot spread, the 36-year-old actress opened up about her parents reaction to her career and reveals why her personal life is completely off limits.
Check out a few highlights from Miss Washington's interview below. For more, be sure to visit Glamour!
On her parent's disapproval of acting:
"When I said that this is what I wanted to do, my mother literally cried. She didn’t want me to experience all that rejection. They both would have preferred me to have been a lawyer.… [After college] I gave myself a year to make it in acting and was living in my parents’ house teaching beginner’s yoga when I got my first part, in 'Our Song.' Then I got 'Save the Last Dance.'… Now they’re really behind me. And I’m always working. My cousins call me the longshoreman of actors."
On her private life:
"I learned through experience that it doesn’t work for me to talk about my personal life. I’ve had earlier times in my career when I did talk about it. I was on the cover of a bridal magazine [InStyle Weddings, in 2005, when Washington was engaged to actor David Moscow]. But I couldn’t just turn around and say, 'I only want to talk about the good stuff, but not the bad stuff.' So I just thought, 'OK, no more.' I don’t want to sound smug about it…but the point is to do what’s best for me. I have girlfriends in this business who talk about their personal lives, and it works for them, and I love it. But not for me."
On her super secret wedding:
"I’m walking around in the world with my ring. And when people say congratulations, I say thank you. But I’m going to continue to not talk about it and just let it unfold."
On her evolving choice in fashion:
"It started out as, like, Good-Student Kerry. OK, I’m going to admit this: There were a couple of actresses whom I felt were having the upper hand careerwise—because they knew how to work that red carpet. I was like, 'I’m missing a really important tool. If I am the CEO of the Kerry Washington Corporation, my marketing department is really lax.' So I sort of developed a new character: Red-Carpet Kerry. And I researched her like any other character. I actually called Tracee Ellis Ross [the actress and Diana Ross’s daughter], who’s a good friend, and literally asked, 'How do you pronounce Hermès?' Red-Carpet Kerry needed to know."
Photo Credit: Peggy Sirota for Glamour