“Scandal” star Kerry Washington didn’t make it to the Massachusetts Conference for Women on Thursday — at least not in the flesh. She was supposed to be one of the day’s big speakers but wound up calling off her trip because of a last-minute scheduling conflict and instead spoke to conference-goers via satellite. Organizers had also booked “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts to come to Boston to interview Washington, but then Roberts also canceled at the last minute because of weather, according to conference spokeswoman Julia Wright. Both women appeared on screens in front of the crowd during the afternoon of the sold-out event at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, which drew 10,000 people. Washington told the group, “I’m so deeply saddened by the fact that I can’t be there with you. . . . I’m a woman who really values showing up, whether it’s for my career or service or friends or family. I try to live my life fully and be wherever I can.” She then talked about her character Olivia Pope. “She is like so many women I know — myself included. She excels in so many areas and she’s really challenged in others. She’s kind of like a real life woman — least to me because it’s my job to make her that way.” Washington also said some nice things about the people who run her show, who include Milton Academy grad and “Scandal” producer Betsy Beers. “I love working for women. It’s so important that we step into our power as women because it’s awesome to work for women and with women who appreciate our power.” Speakers who did get to the conference in person included historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, Blake Mycoskie of the philanthropic shoe company Toms, and 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee. Gbowee was added to the bill late after getting rave reviews at the Texas Conference for Women.
There will be less Scandal on ABC‘s schedule this season than originally planned. The network has reduced the order for the hot Shonda Rhimes drama from 22 to 18 episodes. The network wouldn’t give a reason for the cutback but, of course, it is not because ABC doesn’t want a full season of Scandal — it would gladly take 40 episodes a season from its new flagship drama series if it could. But Scandal star Kerry Washington is pregnant, and it’s getting hard to hide the pregnancy in loose-fitting clothes for the normally super stylish and elegant Olivia Pope — and it’s hard to reduce Washington’s workload as Pope is the show and in most scenes. The episode reduction would probably be an unexpected but welcome relief for Scandal‘s writers as it is extremely hard to sustain a dense serialized drama like Scandal for a 22-episode season. (The show did seven episodes in Season 1 and 22 in Season 2.) Scandal cannot be hotter — season-to-date, the series is up 57% in adults 18-49 (4.4) and 50% in total viewers (12.6 million) vs. last year. It is the fastest-growing returning series this season and in the so-important C3 ratings that determine ad revenues, Scandal just moved ahead of NBC’s breakout The Blacklist (3.58 rating vs. 3.55). Scandal also has been regularly building on its Grey’s Anatomy lead-in, by a best-ever 29% last night.
Hey everybody! I just updated the gallery with 372 HD screen captures of Kerry from tonight’s all new episode of “Scandal!” What did you guys think of the episode? Leave a comment or tweet us to share your thoughts. If you haven’t seen the promo for next weeks winter finale, check it out here. Enjoy!
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“A Door Marked Exit” (Winter Finale) – Now that the truth is out there, things will never be the same and everyone will have to face the consequences of their actions, on ABC’s “Scandal,” Thursday, December 12th.
Not since Felicity’s Team Ben or Team Noel situation has a TV love triangle been so closely followed, meticulously analyzed and hotly debated. Scandal’s dynamic trio of Olivia (Kerry Washington), Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) and Jake (Scott Foley, a repeat love triangle offender), has captured the attention of shippers everywhere, and while fans and critics have their own opinions on the matter, it’s time that Kerry herself tells the world which side she’s on.
While shooting her first commercial for Neutrogena (which includes a gig as a creative consultant), the glowing mom-to-be talked about how everyone always asks if she’s Team Jake or Team Fitz. Ready for your official answer?
“I’m team Shonda Rhimes!” she says. “Whatever she writes is what I’m rooting for. And I guess I’m for Team Happy Olivia. I just want Olivia to be with the person who is right for her, and I guess we’ll have to see how that unfolds.”
Hm, how very diplomatic of you Liv, er, Kerry. But obviously Scandal is so much more than just a love triangle guessing game. There are much bigger fish to fry in the world of Olivia Pope.
“Operation Remington is a big part of what the show is about right now in a similar role that Defiance played last season,” Washington teases. “So it is the big scandal and there’s lots more to learn about it, if you stay tuned. And it gets crazier and crazier in the most wonderful way.”
Does Scandal do storylines any other way? Nope. To hear more about Kerry’s work with Neutrogena and to preview her gorgeous commercial shoot, check out our exclusive preview!
Scandal airs Thursday nights on ABC.
When you get the opportunity to spend the day with Kerry Washington, you take it. (Duh.)
And while E! News didn’t get to hang out with the actress on the set of Scandal, we got the next best thing: going behind the scenes with her while she shoots her first ad for Neutrogena. Our crew filmed the mom-to-be while she prepped her first campaign for the brand’s Visibly Even line. She even dished a few of her skin care secrets, including her number one no-no:
“I’ve always been really focused on the health of my skin. It’s not always about covering up flaws but taking good care of your skin. So I never go to sleep with makeup on,” she shared. “I’m very, very, very specific and strict about that. So I use the Neutrogena wipes and they get everything. That really helps me know that when I go to bed I’m not taking all that makeup I’ve been wearing all day at work to bed with me so my skin can breath.”
Of course, at her Neutrogena shoot the star wasn’t wearing much makeup so she could show off a fresh face for the camera. Want to see how her debut campaign turned out? Watch the video below.
Kerry Washington, star of the ABC hit drama Scandal, accomplished film and stage actress and women’s rights activist, will be a keynote speaker at the 9thannual Massachusetts Conference for Women. Washington will address this year’s theme “The Power of Us,” along with other nationally recognized speakers including Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, media executive and bestselling author Cathie Black and leadership advisor and author Erica Ariel Fox. They are among the more than one hundred speakers who will address the Conference.
Registration is now open for the Conference, which will be hosted at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on Tuesday, December 5, 2013. The nonpartisan, nonprofit Conference is Massachusetts’ largest event for women, attracting nearly 10,000 attendees who come together for a full day of networking, professional development and personal growth opportunities.
Washington and other speakers will share their experience and expertise on a range of topics including personal growth, career advancement, money management, health and wellness, small business and entrepreneurship, social media branding and more. This year’s Conference theme “The Power of Us” encourages women to take a greater role in changing the course of their own lives and in being a force for change in their communities.
A native of the Bronx, Kerry Washington has received high acclaim for her work on stage, on television and on film. Washington was recently seen in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained along with Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz and Samuel Jackson. The film was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Picture. In television, Washington currently stars in the hit ABC drama Scandal. In 2013, Washington was awarded an NAACP Image Award for her portrayal of Olivia Pope and the show won for Best Drama. The NAACP also honored Washington with the President’s Award, recognizing special achievement in furthering the cause of civil rights and public service. An activist, Washington was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Committee of the Arts and Humanities in 2009. She is also an active member of the V-Counsel, an esteemed group of advisors to V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls.
“We are thrilled to host Kerry Washington, Doris Kearns Goodwin and other inspiring women at this year’s Conference,” said Gloria Larson, Board President Massachusetts Conference for Women and President of Bentley University. “These women are activists and leaders in their fields and their collective wisdom challenges us all to make the most of our own lives, talents and experiences– in short, to believe in our own power.”
In years prior, attendees have benefited from the talent and wisdom of such trailblazers as President and Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Media Group Arianna Huffington; women’s rights pioneer Gloria Steinem; celebrated poet, author, educator and historian Dr. Maya Angelou; former Texas Governor Ann Richards; judge and television personality Glenda Hatchett; model, entrepreneur, spokesperson, advocate and filmmaker Christy Turlington Burns; personal finance expert Suze Orman; life coach and author Martha Beck; and many more. Additional 2013 speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.
Exclusive to the Massachusetts Conference for Women, Local Leader Meet Ups offer attendees the chance to have one-on-one conversations with local businesswomen and community leaders, and intimate Expert Exchange sessions offer a focused discussion with industry veterans. Conference attendees also have the opportunity to participate in the popular Career Pavilion, featuring resume reviews by human resource experts, Coaches Corner (one-on-one “speed coaching” sessions with local career coaches and executives), workshops on communication skills and social media, and much more.
The Conference Health & Wellness Pavilion showcases speakers and companies dedicated to improving women’s health, while an onsite Exhibit Hall boasts hundreds of organizations and companies with products or services that appeal to women.
The Massachusetts Conference for Women is presented by State Street Corporation and co-chaired by EMD Serono, Inc. It is also generously underwritten by dozens of organizations including AAA Southern New England, Bank of America, Bentley University, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, The Boston Globe, CBS Radio, CVS Caremark, EMC, Hill Holliday, John Hancock Financial, Liberty Mutual, National Grid, Raytheon Company, Santander/Sovereign Bank, Tufts Health Plan, United Airlines and Weber Shandwick.
“The Massachusetts Conference for Women celebrates the power of individual women and the vibrant and diverse community we are proud to be part of,” said Alison A. Quirk, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources and Citizenship Officer for State Street Corporation. “We are delighted to be the presenting sponsor for the Conference again this year and look forward to a day of inspiration, new ideas and building great relationships.”
An early bird rate of $150 per person, $1,450 per table of 10, and $75 for students is available until Thursday, October 24th,, 2013. To register or learn more about the 9th Annual Massachusetts Conference for Women, explore our website, follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/masswomen or like our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/maconferenceforwomen. To apply for media credentials, please contact Julia Wright, firstname.lastname@example.org.
There’s nothing wrong with watching Scandal on your DVR — but these days it’s definitely not recommended behavior. At a time when networks are struggling to steer audiences back to same-day viewing, ABC’s Shonda Rhimes-created drama, which stars Kerry Washington as a political fixer with a closet full of skeletons and power suits, has found the solution: Fill each episode with five episodes’ worth of twists and get the cast to live-tweet every single one of them. That’s been Scandal’s M.O. from the start, and this year it helped the series break the zeitgeist barrier and become the reigning champ of OMGTV.
Kerry Washington: ”Shonda has figured out how to turn cliff-hangers into an art form, so it’s part of the culture of the show…. My favorite twists [of the year] have yet to be seen.”
Betsy Beers (exec producer): ”One of my favorite moments [of the year] was at the table read…when we got to the end of the season finale last season and Olivia says, ‘Dad?’ and it was Joe Morton playing Rowan. Everybody flipped out. It was about five minutes of screaming and people running around the table.”
“A Door Marked Exit” – Now that the truth is out there, things will never be the same and everyone will have to face the consequences of their actions, on ABC’s “Scandal,” THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
“Scandal” stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, Columbus Short as Harrison Wright, Guillermo Diaz as Huck, Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan, Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins, Tony Goldwyn as President Fitzgerald Grant, Jeff Perry as Cyrus Beene, Bellamy Young as Mellie Grant, Joshua Malina as David Rosen and Scott Foley as Captain Jacob “Jake” Ballard.
Guest Starring TBD.
“A Door Marked Exit” was written by Zahir McGhee and directed by Tom Verica.
Kerry Washington is everywhere.
On the covers of magazines; live-tweeting her hit show, “Scandal,” with her fans (who call themselves gladiators); hosting “Saturday Night Live”; and soon to be in ads for Neutrogena as the L.A.-based beauty company’s new creative consultant.
She’s appealing all right, the enviable combination of smart and pretty with a can-do mentality to match that of her character on TV, Washington, D.C., crisis manager Olivia Pope.
She’s also an actress in the modern mold who knows that being a pro at the fashion game is a key to her success. That’s why Washington, 36, made a conscious effort to learn her Giambattista Valli from her Raf Simons a couple of years ago by researching, consulting stylish pals and teaming up with New York-based stylist Erin Walsh.
“As an actor, your presence on the red carpet and also in editorial is your marketing division,” Washington said during a recent chat in L.A.
Washington has a keen sense of occasion and appropriateness. She spends time scanning runway photos on Style.com and collaborating with Walsh to come up with interesting stories to tell through her red carpet choices. For example, when planning for the lunches and dinners leading up this year’s Emmys, they decided on a pink color story, which culminated in the fairy-tale Marchesa gown Washington wore to the award ceremony. And last year, when Washington was on the global press tour for her film “Django Unchained,” they gave themselves the challenge of finding a dress made by a local designer in each country that hosted a premiere. (Washington wore Giles Deacon in London and Rochas in France.)
“We try to be creative and have fun with it,” said the actress, who lives in L.A. with husband Nnamdi Asomugha, an NFL football player. The couple is expecting their first child next year.
Washington, the daughter of Earl, a real estate broker, and Valerie, a professor, grew up in New York City, where she attended the Spence School for girls and wore a uniform every day. “My focus was on trying to be smart and funny and interesting as opposed to trying to be the pretty girl in the room. And I loved growing up in an environment, both at school and at home, where your insides are much more important than your aesthetics,” Washington said.
She graduated from George Washington University in 1998 and gave herself a year to make it in acting. Roles came quickly, on TV, then film. Washington has appeared in “Ray,” “The Last King of Scotland” and “Colored Girls,” among other films, and has become one of the highest paid actresses on TV with ABC’s “Scandal,” now in its third season.
Her interest in fashion came late, “which has been a good thing because I see all of this as an art form,” she said. “I go to the shows in New York or Milan, and to me it’s like going to a great museum opening or movie; you’re seeing an artist at work. And when I sit down with my makeup artist and hairstylist, I know that’s a collaborative work to create a moment of beauty out of the girl who just rolled out of bed.”
“Kerry is as aspirational in beauty as she is in fashion,” said Michelle Freyre, general manager of Neutrogena, which is tapping Washington for input on marketing and product development, as well as putting her face in ads.
“One of the things I love about Kerry is that she’s such a curious person,” said Walsh, her stylist, who also works with Maggie Gyllenhaal and Kristen Wiig. “She’s always searching and looking for more. She was emailing me couture looks while she was in the middle of her vacation”
But while she is a good student of fashion, she’s not a big shopper. “I tend to buy a lot of stuff at photo shoots and fittings. It saves me time. And off the red carpet, I’m a much more casual girl. I couldn’t live without James Perse T-shirts, MiH Jeans and my custom Nike sneakers.”
One of the first designers to lend her a dress for the red carpet was Giorgio Armani,. “And I love it now because on ‘Scandal’ I wear a ton of Armani. I love that full circle.”
Olivia Pope is a fashion plate too, with her trademark cream-and-beige color palette, Prada bags, sharply feminine suits and luxe loungewear. She is the image of today’s newly stylish Washington, epitomized in the real world by First Lady Michelle Obama.
“When we shot the pilot, D.C. was in the midst of its renaissance of fashion with the first lady and [former White House social secretary] Desiree Rogers and all these people transforming the idea of what style in Washington is. I wanted to jump on that and advance it. I remember saying to [costume designer] Lyn Paolo, ‘Olivia is her own woman. She used to work for the government but now works on her own. So she can take those Washington rules and spin them.’”
The costumes on ‘Scandal’ have been so popular that Saks Fifth Avenue designed window displays around them this fall. There has also been talk about Washington and Paolo collaborating on a clothing line. “It would have to be a partnership where I had a voice and Lyn had a voice and we could be authentic about sharing that aesthetic,” Washington said. “I’m obsessed with the Olivia Pope loungewear world. That’s so special and different. That may be one impact she’s had on me. I’ve always worn a lot of comfy cashmere, but I was not a girl who walked around in silk pajamas before. And now I’m like, ‘Why not?’”
Truth follows fiction in that Washington herself is a friend of the Obamas. She spoke at the 2012 Democratic National Convention and serves on the President’s Committee for the Arts and Humanities, which is co-chaired by the first lady. “We work on a lot of initiatives, but the one I’m most passionate about is Turnaround Arts, which helps teachers and administrators develop arts programs in schools,” Washington explained. “A lot of times, we think of arts as an elective, as in, if there’s enough money around, then we will add it to the curriculum. But schools with arts education have a higher attendance, higher enrollment, higher parental involvement, lower reports of behavioral issues, higher math and reading scores.”
As part of the program, Washington “adopted” Savoy Elementary School in southeast Washington, D.C., and paid a visit there in May with the first lady.
To those who have suggested that Washington could play Michelle Obama in a biopic, the actress demurs. “I don’t know if I could fill those shoes. She’s pretty phenomenal.”