Scandal actress Kerry Washington is on the cover of InStyle magazine’s September 2016 issue.
In the magazine, the 39-year old soon-to-be mum of two talks about her new projects, her new pregnancy, getting pregnancy tips from Shonda Rhimes, why she needed to get off social media for a while and more.
See excerpts below.
On why she took a break from social media: I started to feel overwhelmed, like there was too much noise. I felt like I had to get back to who Kerry really is…That thing that happens in social media where you’re comparing your day or your life or your food or your mood or your kids to somebody else’s. I felt like I needed to create a little more stillness around me.
On her pregnancy: There’s something about pregnancy that willingness to take up more space in the world—that is liberating.
On getting parenting notes from Shonda Rhimes: I consider myself busy but Shonda has about four of five shows, three kids… She says, ‘If you feel like you have just the right amount of help, then you don’t have enough.’ My therapist said this too. You need a lot of support. Not just logistically but emotionally and spiritually.
On her skin colour: I don’t want to not be African. The goal is to live in a world where my race doesn’t limit my access, where I can see myself represented in the highest level of society without any limitation.
On social change: I choose to feel optimistic, because I don’t think I could get out of bed if I didn’t. The key will be when we stop allowing our otherness to separate us. Whether it’s immigrant’s rights, women’s rights, civil rights, or LGBT rights, we’re all under attack, because none of us belongs to that small group who have held power for a very long time.
On getting ready for her second baby: Right now, as I get ready for this second baby, it’s really about me being in touch with what I want. I didn’t get here because I was trying to be what somebody else wanted me to be… So for now, I’m leaving myself open to the adventure.