Kerry Washington Talks About Difficulties of Hiding Pregnancy on Scandal Set

The actress says she's grateful to crew for maintaining integrity of her show's character.

Posted: 04/21/2014 10:34 AM EDT
Kerry Washington, Scandal

As her pregnancy with husband Nnamdi Asomugha has been progressing, we all wondered how this would affect Kerry Washington's Scandal character, Olivia Pope. Washington's crew has had to find creative ways to hide her growing belly on the set, resorting to loose outfits, large furniture and the random hand or accessory to block the actress's midsection. During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the actress opened up about the challenges of becoming Olivia while simultaneously dealing with her body's changes.

"I work very physically as an actor. The biggest thing for me has been the challenge of how to be this person [Olivia Pope] with the personal transformation that's going on for me physically and how to stay true to this character. That hasn't been easy. It's been an awesome challenge for me as an actor because so much of how I access character is through my body. It's definitely been complicated to say the least. I've learned a lot about other ways to access Olivia and be her."

Washington also credited her design team for coming up with stylish ways to hide her baby bump and thanked the show's creator Shonda Rhimes' decision to stay true to the character.

"I'm just grateful for how hard everybody has worked to maintain the authenticity of this character in this world. I'm grateful to [costume designer] Lyn Paolo and all our producers. The decision of whether or not a character would be on similar journey, I had nothing to do with that decision. I trust Shonda with all things. I feel very grateful that we have such an amazing team that was able to protect the character within the context of what the actress was going through."


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