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Django Unchained actress Kerry Washington is Glamour's September cover girl. To be honest, the interview is kinda dull, due to the fact that Washington avoids questions directed at her personal life. "I learned through experience that it doesn't work for me to talk about my personal life," the Scandal star says.
What's interesting, though, is that Kerry developed an alter ego to help build her career. Read some highlights from her interview with Glamour below:
Kerry's parents were not happy with her career choice: 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.
From "Good-Student Kelly" to "Red-Carpet Kelly": 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.
On keeping her personal life away from the spotlight: 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.