Kerry Washington stopped by “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” last night (July 31), where she talked the new season of “Scandal”, the reason behind her daughter’s name, President Obama, singing in high school, and so much more. You can check out the 4-part interview below and later on I will edit this post with 1 full length video containing the entire interview. High definition screen captures will be up later tonight or tomorrow morning. Enjoy!
You might recognise Kerry Washington from her role as formidable, powerful and oh-so-stylish ‘fixer’ Olivia Pope in Scandal. Though if you don’t – until recently the hit ABC show aired quietly on More 4 – chances are you will do soon.
The third series of Shonda Rhimes’ hit political drama is poised to premiere on Sky Living tonight and the satellite broadcaster has been pushing it like crazy – on the telly, in magazines and newspapers and on the sides of buses. We grabbed a few minutes with its star before the season launches in the UK.
Washington is known for her outspoken political and feminist views. Though she’s not in an especially forthright mood when we speak to her. She is instead incredibly humble and modest about her recent Emmy nomination.
“I’m really grateful to the academy for this acknowledgment because it’s so good for the show and I wish everyone could be nominated. Everyone in our cast certainly deserves to be,” she says.
If she wins, Washington will become the first African American woman in a leading role to do so. But she’s keen not to focus on her chances of taking home the prize this year (she was also nominated in 2013): “I’m not a competitive person so I tend not to think in those terms.”
Instead she’s focusing on the fourth series of the drama, which started filming this week. Not that we want to hear anything about that.
All we want to know is what we can expect from series three…
It’s such an exciting start to the third season because we’ve just realised that we know [Olivia Pope’s] father and we have no idea what that relationship is. A big part of this season is revealing how Olivia’s past has really influenced who she is today and we kind of watch how that past still lives in her in ways which are really challenging.
It must be the ultimate in complicated father-daughter relationships…
Oh to say the least! The fact that Joe Morton, who plays my dad, is nominated for an Emmy for this season should tell you how important he is.
They got so close at the end of series two, but do you think that Olivia would be content if her and Fitz actually got their happy ending?
They truly love each other and I think a lot of the show is about how they both navigate loving someone who they can’t be with for external and internal reasons. You know, part of why they can’t be together is because he’s the President of the United States and he’s married – and part of why they can’t be together is because there’s a lot of emotional turmoil where they don’t know how to love each other in the real world.
[But] I really trust the writers. I don’t have judgment about the choices that Olivia makes. I just think she’s on a journey, so I don’t know what’s best for her but I’m sure Shonda Rhimes does!
Scandal is kind of unique in that when you are rooting for the love story you are also rooting for infidelity…
People are complicated, you know. [Fitz and Olivia] are great examples of that because they are not living their lives perfectly – they are living their lives as best they can. All these characters live in the grey, which makes them more real.
But I always say, I think when people want Olivia and Fitz to be together, it’s not because they are rooting for an affair. I think what they are rooting for is love. That happens just to be the wrong thing because he’s married.
Olivia is such a strong and complex character. She must be a great part to play…
It’s really fun to play somebody who is so complicated. In her professional life she’s almost always the most powerful person in the room – she’s fearless and she’s fierce and accomplished – and in her personal life she’s a little bit of a mess. A disaster! Figuring out how to play both of those realities in one person is always such a fun challenge.
Are there enough female roles like that out there?
I think there are more and more and that’s wonderful. I think it’s just great whenever we allow our stories to be inclusive and we allow people of different races and ages and genders and socioeconomic backgrounds to be the lead characters of stories. It’s better off for humanity when we share in each others experiences and don’t just tell stories about one kind of person.
As a successful woman in Hollywood – and one of TIME magazine’s most influential – do you feel pressure to be a role model?
I think the idea of a role model has always been a little bit of a dangerous one, because you can’t be all things to all people, but I do feel a desire in my life to do my best and fulfil my own potential. That feels important to me – to contribute what I can in this life to the best of my ability.
Shonda Rhimes has a knack for creating long-running shows. (Grey’s Anatomy is poised to air its 11th season later this year.) Do you see Scandal following in its footsteps?
Shonda has said in interviews that she doesn’t want to have this show last forever but I don’t know what that timeline looks like in her head. I have no idea… But I’m privileged to play Olivia and I’d like to play her for as long as you’ll have me!
Scandal series three starts tonight at 9:00pm on Sky Living.
What do you get the woman who has everything — including her own night of television? Her very own fall-TV promo, natch.
To hype its newly christened “Shondaland Thursday,” ABC has released an extended promo that features Shonda Rhimes chatting up Grey’s Anatomy‘s Ellen Pompeo, Scandal‘s Kerry Washington and How to Get Away with Murder’s Viola Davis about their “historic” one-two-three punch — which launches Thursday, Sept. 25.
Press PLAY below and then hit the comments with an answer to this question: Will you be watching Rhimes’ “edge-of-your-seat three-hour block” come fall?
Kerry Washington is set to visit “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Thursday, July 31st, 2014. Tom Petty will also be a guest on this Thursday’s show. The ‘Kimmel’ show airs at 11:35 weeknights on ABC. Set your calendars (and DVR’s), but just in case you miss the episode, be sure to check back later that night or the next day for video and screen captures update.
Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABC
Th 7/31: Kerry Washington, Tom Petty
There are certain indicators in life that suggest you have made it. Being asked back to your alma mater as a keynote speaker is one. Oprah Winfrey emailing you personally to tell you what a fan she is; that’s a really good one. Then there’s being nominated for your second Emmy or being on Time magazine’s Most Influential List. You get the idea.
Yet for all Kerry Washington’s celebrity in the States, there’s a good chance you don’t know much about her. But that’s all about to change. After a low-key launch on More4 two years ago, Washington’s show Scandal, now in its third series, has moved to Sky Living HD and is about to take UK audiences by storm.
The 37-year-old plays Olivia Pope – a crisis manager inspired by Judy Smith (former deputy press secretary to George W Bush and real-life Washington fixer whose clients included Monica Lewinsky) – who also happens to be sleeping with her former boss, the President of the United States, making the title of the show very multilayered. The salacious subject matter of the show could not be more different to Washington in real life.
A true philanthropist, she uses her celebrity to promote causes close to her heart, sitting on the board of V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls, as an active member of the President’s Committee On The Arts And Humanities, and as a vocal campaigner on Obama’s 2008 re-election campaign.
Washington refuses to play the games so common in today’s tabloid press. Last year, several US gossip magazines started speculating about her close relationships with other females – colleagues or friends she would greet on the red carpet with a hug. Articles suggested these relationships were more than platonic. Washington never responded publicly, choosing not to honour the salacious rumours with a response, until November, when she told The Advocate magazine, “It’s interesting how much people long to fill in the gaps when someone in the public eye doesn’t share their personal life.”
In reality, Kerry Washington discreetly married retired NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha in June 2013 and gave birth to their daughter, Isabelle, in April. She is warm and gracious when we meet, even when she’s expertly avoiding questions that might reveal too much, deftly bringing the subject back to her character, Olivia, every time.
The real Kerry Washington was born in the Bronx, the only child to middle-class parents (her dad a real estate agent, her mum a professor and education consultant). She grew up wanting to be a psychotherapist and her parents hoped the acting bug she caught at school would fade. Needless to say, it didn’t. Her 2013 Emmy nomination was proof she made the right decision.
She is the first African American woman in a leading role to get the nod in 18 years. If she wins her second nomination, she will be the first African American woman to do so. This is all the more amazing when you consider Washington was reluctant to even audition for Scandal, having started her career with small television appearances in NYPD Blue and Law & Order but then establishing herself as an acclaimed film actress with roles in Ray (2004) and Django Unchained (2012).
Luckily she did. The 200,000 plus tweets Scandal generates per episode – much more than its nearest social media competitor Game Of Thrones – arguably makes the show and its star, Washington, the most talked about on American television. And it’s about to go the same way on these shores.
Congratulations on your second Emmy nomination. How do you feel about potentially being the first African American lead female to win?
I do my best to not get caught up in this kind of stuff. I love what I do and being able to do it is the most important thing to me. There was a lot of talk about how the show is ground-breaking. It’s about a person who is a lot of things: a woman, a crisis management expert, an African American… We don’t ignore any part of her identity.
In the US, the show’s success has been partly down to the cast live tweeting. Was this instigated by you?
I wouldn’t say the live tweets were my idea but I thought it would be really fun if all the cast were on Twitter. I didn’t want to be the bossy one so I may have emailed Shonda [Rhimes, the show’s creator] and said, “You should ask everyone to be on Twitter.” So she did. We all tweet about the show not because someone pays us to but because we’re passionate about it.
Would you have previously been reluctant about Twitter?
[Laughs] Oh yeah.
Has your mind been changed? You’ve currently got 1.68 million followers.
Yes. There is real power in social media. The world has become a global community and that’s exciting. [But] I’m a very, very private person so I was nervous about it. I didn’t know how to interact in this way without feeling like I was violating a sense of having a personal life outside and separate from work. But I work with a social media manager and I’m always working on that balance of being in conversation with the community and digital landscape but also having a private life.
You were asked to give a TED talk but declined, and since then have admitted you regret that. What have you learnt from that experience?
Taking risks is important. Sometimes as women we don’t do that out of fear of failure or fear of how it will be perceived. We are representing all women when we make a choice and I think risktaking – calculated, intelligent risk-taking – is really important.
Can you pinpoint a moment when you took that risk?
I feel like I take that risk on the show all the time. Olivia is such a revered character – we want to see her as all-powerful and all-knowing and yet she’s enormously flawed. Taking a hero and revealing her dark side – her flaws and humanity – is an exciting creative risk for me.
It’s interesting to hear that, given that TV has been dominated recently by flawed but celebrated male leads, like True Detective for example.
Yeah, I think because we feel underrepresented in different forms of media as women, or as people of colour, there’s a longing for those characters to be perfect [when they are the centre of the story]. To say, “No, I’m not supposed to be an upstanding citizen for all women or a role model for all people of colour. I’m going to be a human being; three-dimensional, messy and alive – both powerful and a little bit of a mess.” Now that’s exciting.
You’re involved in several organisations for change and were active in the Democratic National Convention to re-elect Barack Obama in 2012. How do you choose which causes to highlight?
I’ve gravitated a lot towards women’s issues because I’m a woman [laughs]. Also, I believe in equality for all members of our community and that lends itself to being very active around voting, voters’ rights and participating in a democracy. Our voices are heard in the US by showing up and voting. It’s important that people know they own that privilege. That’s how we keep our country ours.
How do you feel about Hillary Clinton potentially running for the presidency?
I’m excited; very excited. I want her to do whatever’s best for her, but she’d be a fantastic president. We’d be very blessed to have her as our commander-in-chief.
Oprah loves you, Lena Dunham twitter-stalks you, Claire Danes is a huge fan – do you sense a growing sisterliness in Hollywood right now?
[Laughs] It’s fun to hear that. There is a real circle of mutual respect. There are more opportunities for women and part of that is people like Lena and Oprah creating those opportunities and having a community that believes our successes can help rather than take away from each other. That’s the truth; the more successful you are, the more you’re able to inspire and create work for others. It’s great when we live in that belief system. It works.
You were asked to give a speech at your alma mater, George Washington University, this year. Were you as moved as you looked?
I was. Being the daughter of a professor, I have great respect for academic institutions and know how important education is.
You’re an only child; how did your parents influence you?
They influenced me immensely. I’ve learned very different things from each of them. My mother is more of a quiet soul but she walks in the world with a great deal of grace, intelligence, refinement and dignity. I’ve tried to embody those things in the best way I can. My dad is much more gregarious. He is one of the most generous spirits I’ve ever met and he truly is interested in the people and the world around him. I really get that kind of curiosity from him.
Is it true your parents were fearful about you going into acting?
Terrified! My mother tried to talk me into doing a million other things. She used to say, “Don’t be an actor. Be a lawyer for actors.” I think every parent fears their child will be a starving artist – and with good reason because so many people wind up on that path. I’m very grateful they allowed me to pursue my dreams.
Were you always confident you’d ‘make it’?
No! I had a really specific plan. I gave myself a year after undergraduate school to see what would happen with it and to see if I could make some money. If it didn’t work out, I told myself I would go back to graduate or law school.
Is it true you were also teaching yoga at that time?
I was, yes. I lived in India right after college and got certified to teach. I was also a supply teacher for New York City public schools. I loved it. I had to limit myself to teaching no more than three days in a row at the same school so I wouldn’t be seduced. Oh, and I was working in a restaurant. I had serious hustle going on.
What kept you motivated? Was it that you’d given yourself just one year?
Yes. It gave it a finite ending. If it didn’t work out, I was willing to do other things for work. I wanted to at least give myself a shot, to invest in my own heart and passions. And I’m very lucky I was able to do a movie in that first year [Our Song, 2000] because I’m not sure I would’ve stuck with it otherwise. I’m very grateful that happened.
What life lessons would you give your younger self?
I guess, it’s to trust the journey. Don’t worry so much about being perfect. Trust that you’re on a journey of becoming who you’re supposed to be. Everything that’s happened, every negative thing or bad moment has helped me to come closer to who I want to be. Not that I’m there yet but I’m really grateful for the challenges. I truly am.
Scandal Season 3 starts 31 July at 9pm on Sky Living HD. Seasons 1 and 2 are available On Demand now
Paging Mr. President! Kerry Washington has found some experienced childcare help in her Scandal costar Tony Goldwyn.
Goldwyn, 54, is the father to two daughters and said he is prepared to give the new mother a helping hand.
“I have been [volunteering my services],” he said in an interview with Extra. “I’ve offered, we’ll see!”
“My kids are all grown-up so I’m ready,” he added.
Washington, 37, gave birth to her first child in April. She and husband Nnamdi Asomugha are now the parents to a 3-month-old baby girl named Isabelle Amarachi Asomugha.
The Scandal star has remained famously tight-lipped about her personal life, choosing not to comment on the birth and secretly marrying Asomugha in July 2013.
Babysitting gigs aside, Washington and Goldwyn will be reuniting on the small screen in the coming months. Their hit ABC drama will premiere its fourth season on Thursday, Sept. 25.
ABC is the final broadcast network to reveal their premiere plan/schedule for upcoming 2014-2015 television season and with that, we get premiere dates for “Scandal” and the rest of their returning and new series. “Scandal” is slated to premiere on September 25th at 9:00PM, along with “Grey’s Anatomy” and “How to Get Away with Murder,” which is ABC’s newly created ‘Shondaland Thursday’s.’ Exciting, isn’t it?
THURSDAY, SEPT. 25
8 pm Grey’s Anatomy
9 pm Scandal
10 pm How to Get Away with Murder
To view the entire premiere plan, you can check it out at TV Line’s website.
The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards nominations were announced this morning at the TV Academy in North Hollywood by “The Mindy Project‘s” Mindy Kaling and “The Voice” host Carson Daly. Among the nominees included our girl Kerry Washington in the Lead Actress in a Drama Series category for her work in “Scandal.” This is Kerry’s 2nd nomination for the Lead Drama Actress category. I want to give a huge congratulations to Kerry! You definitely deserve it! You can check out below who Kerry is nominated with, as well as the full list of nominees.
Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Lizzy Caplan, “Masters of Sex”
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Kerry Washington, “Scandal”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
The Emmys will be held Monday, Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. NBC is broadcasting this year’s show, with Late Night‘s Seth Meyers serving as host.
As the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science conducts its annual board of governors election, actresses Kerry Washington, Geena Davis and Amy Madigan have thrown their hats into the ring as potential governors of the actors branch, challenging incumbent Annette Bening.
Each of the Academy’s 17 branches are represented by three governors, who in turn each serve three-year terms. The terms are staggered, so the members of each branch elect or re-elect one governor each year. Governors who are re-elected can serve up to three successive three-year terms, and then, after nine years on the board, are considered “termed out,” as is the case this year with Disney-Pixar’s John Lasseter, who has represented the short films and feature animation branch for the past nine years, and Robert Rehme of the executives branch.
Among those currently up for re-election as governors are Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the Academy’s current president, who reps the public relations branch, and secretary Phil Alden Robinson, who reps the writers branch. Members of each branch of the 6,000-member Academy must turn in their ballots by 5 p.m. Friday. The results of the board elections will be announced next week. And when the new board meets in August, it will elect officers for the coming year. Boone Isaacs, who has completed just one one-year term as president, is eligible to be re-elected for three more one-year terms, provided she retains her seat on the board.
Traditionally, the Academy’s board of governors elections are relatively low-key affairs. Candidates who chose to stand for re-election generally win second and third terms. However, per the Academy’s bylaws, each branch must field four candidates — chosen by a nominating committee comprised of 18 members of that branch, including the three incumbent governors — so there is always the potential for an upset.
This year, in the case of the public relations branch, Boone Isaacs, an independent marketing consultant who has served as EVP of worldwide publicity for Paramount (where she oversaw the Oscar campaigns for Forrest Gump and Braveheart) as well as president of theatrical marketing for New Line, is on the ballot with three others: Nancy Kirkpatrick, who ran publicity at Paramount until 2007, and then moved to Summit, where she oversaw the marketing efforts for the Twilight and Divergent franchises, leaving earlier this year when Lionsgate and Summit merged marketing operations; Terry Press, who headed up PR for DreamWorks (where she ran the Oscar campaigns for Saving Private Ryan, American Beauty and Gladiator) and who now serves as co-president of CBS Films; and Dawn Taubin, the chief marketing officer for Jeffrey Katzenberg’s DreamWorks Animation, who previously served as president of domestic marketing at Warner Bros., where she oversaw the promotion of the Harry Potter and Oceans franchises and the marketing and Oscar campaigns for Million Dollar Baby and The Departed.
Over at the producers branch, Gale Ann Hurd (The Terminator), who currently serves as branch chair, has decided not to seek re-election following the completion of her three-year term. Some had speculated that Hawk Koch, who preceded Boone Isaacs as Academy president, might seek to return to the board, but that is not the case. And so four producers are contending to join the board for the first time: Albert Berger, an Oscar nominee last year for producing Nebraska with his longtime producing partner Ron Yerxa (who has long served among the leadership of the Academy’s foreign-language committee); Jennifer Fox (Michael Clayton); Jennifer Todd (Memento); and Gail Mutrux (Kinsey).
The candidates in the actors branch enjoy the highest name recognition: Bening, who is finishing up her second three-year term on the Board, is being challenged by Davis, an Oscar winner 26 years ago for The Accidental Tourist, who now runs the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media; Madigan, an Oscar nominee for 1985′s Twice in a Lifetime, who may be best known for her work in Field of Dreams and who, along with her husband Ed Harris, has long championed actors’ causes; and Washington, who has been an Academy member for the past two years.
For the writers branch governorship, Robinson, who received an Oscar nomination for writing the screenplay of Field of Dreams and has served the Academy in numerous capacities — he has produced the Governors Awards, served as vp and chaired the awards rules committee and international outreach committee — is being challenged by Larry Karaszewski, a Golden Globe winner for The People vs. Larry Flynt who also co-wrote a film that is widely expected to be an Oscar contender this year, Big Eyes; the Oscar-winning Callie Khouri (Thelma and Louise), who currently serves as the showrunner of ABC’s Nashville; and John Logan, a Golden Globe winner (Sweeney Todd) and three-time Oscar nominee (Gladiator, The Aviator and Hugo) whose Broadway show Red won the 2010 best play Tony and who created the acclaimed new Showtime series Penny Dreadful.
As far as the directors branch goes, Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right), who was elected to the board in 2012 to finish out the term started by Paul Mazursky (he stepped down at that time and passed away last month), is now vying for a full term of her own. Her competitors are Oscar nominee Lee Daniels (Lee Daniels’ The Butler); Oscar nominee Jason Reitman (Juno), who, at the age of 36, would be one of the younger people to ever serve on the board; and Edward Zwick (Glory), who won an Oscar for producing Gladiator, and who previously served on the board from 2009 through 2012.
The candidates to rep the documentary branch are incumbent Michael Apted, who is best known for the Up docs that come along every seven years; Kate Amend, editor of the feature doc Oscar winners The Long Way Home and Into The Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport; Heidi Ewing (Jesus Camp), who directs films with Rachel Grady, including the best doc feature Oscar nominee Jesus Camp; and Meghan Mylan, a best doc short Oscar winner for Smile Pinki.
Sound branch governor Don Hall, who has completed two consecutive term, is not running again. He will be replaced by another sound editor, per the internal bylaws of the branch, which mandate that it split up its three seats amongst a sound editor, a sound mixer (currently Scott Millan) and a sound executive (currently Dolby’s SVP of content solutions and industry relations Curt Behlmer) to ensure that the interests of all of these distinct crafts are advocated on the board. The four hopefuls this year are Teri E. Dorman (The Deer Hunter); three-time Oscar nominee Mark A. Mangini (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Aladdin and The Fifth Element); three-time Oscar nominee Mark P. Stoeckinger (Face/Off, Star Trek and Unstoppable); and Robert J. “R.J.” Kizer (Inception).
Among the governors who are not up for reelection and will continue on the 51-person Board include actors Ed Begley, Jr. and Tom Hanks; directors Kathryn Bigelow and Michael Mann; writers Bill Condon and Robin Swicord; documentarians Rob Epstein and Alex Gibney; producers Mark Johnson and Kathleen Kennedy; executives Dick Cook and Amy Pascal; and public relations practitioners Rob Friedman and Nancy Utley.
Board voting, like Oscar voting, is coordinated by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
When Kerry Washington began making sartorial waves on the red carpet last year, the effort was nothing if not strategic. Her understanding of the power of the red carpet—and those viral images—quickly shot her into the fashion stratosphere, with stylist Erin Walsh knowingly by her side. Walsh, who also counts Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristen Wiig, and Maggie Gyllenhaal as clients, continues to garner attention with her impeccable, take-notice looks that allow her actresses to stand out and shine through. Here, Walsh talks to Style.com about shooting in Irving Penn’s studio, the Samuel Beckett approach to styling, and the power of make-believe.
How did you get into styling?
I fell into it, really. I went to NYU for theater and was planning on becoming an actress. But after graduating and realizing that I was absolutely terrified of the business logistics (ahem, rejection), I immediately looked into other options. Ironically, everything I feared about the acting world is innate to this business as well! I had always loved writing, and thought maybe I could write for a magazine. I got a job in the fashion department of Vogue, thinking I could transfer to Features if things went well, but after my first time on set—in Irving Penn’s studio—it all just clicked. It felt right.
As the intro to ‘Dressing for Fame’ mentions, your client Kerry Washington talks about how actresses who know how to work the red carpet can have the upper hand careerwise. Why do you think that is?
You would have to ask Kerry for her opinion, but I do think that social media and the media in general have gotten completely insane. By being in the spotlight, you’re a part of [the insanity] anyways, so it certainly behooves you to manage the way you are seen. It gives you a certain degree of control in an arena that can be really overwhelming. Everyone has an opinion (albeit plenty of uninformed ones in this peanut gallery). It helps to do what you can to keep the reins in your own hands.
How do you think you’ve been able to help transform Kerry’s red-carpet personality?
We are a team! Period.
When dressing someone for promotional appearances vs. red carpet, what do you take into consideration? What helps you decide on a look?
I think there isn’t really a difference in what goes into press and red carpet. If you don’t apply the same thought process and consideration, I don’t really see the point. I think every look should always start from a point of ease. You should feel comfortable to look comfortable. A red-carpet version of yourself is elevated, same as press looks, but it should still start from the same canvas. You’re not dressing dolls, you’re dressing people, with character, points of view, and personalities to represent. It begins and ends with my clients, not me. I repeat, it’s not about me. I always take my ego out of it. I like to listen, hopefully inspire, and fill in the pieces, making things a little magical by exaggerating the terms of reality. Red carpet should be a place for make-believe, but it has a personal context. In more specific terms, you should look like yourself.
You style men and women for the red carpet. Which do you find more challenging?
I think it depends on the person, but there are definitely more possibilities with women, if only because of design logistics. Perhaps working with men can be more challenging in this respect because you have to find ways to be creative within a smaller box of options.
When working on editorial spreads, do you find it inspiring or challenging to work with other people? How do you stay true to your vision?
I love collaborating. You learn so much by listening. Obviously, you come to the table with a vision and ideas, but I find you learn the most by at least trying the ideas that others have to offer. If you know the story you want to tell, you keep that thread and try what works around it. It’s a very Samuel Beckett sort of mentality of throwing shit on the wall and seeing what sticks. But there is always a certain amount of risk involved in experimenting, especially considering the way the media feeds on these things. In any case, life is too short to not listen to those around you, and to try and find new ways to dream.
What are the day-to-day challenges you encounter with styling?
Logistics. The amount of merchandise trafficking around and getting things where they need to be—and on time! Getting everywhere on time, when there are only so many appointments you can fit into a day. Letting go of things after they happen. I am a perfectionist but also a realist, and in this business you would go mad quite quickly if you focused on all the “could have beens.” Keeping grace under fire—I like to pride myself on staying calm. Freaking out never helps. It’s only fashion, after all. There is always a way to fix it.