"Every Thursday within three weeks of my due date, I loaded up pre-tweets based on the episodes and what I would want to say," she told The Edit.
"I tweeted in the very early stages of my labor. I figured that if I went completely silent on social media, then people would know I was in the hospital," she explained.
Washington, who welcomed daughter Isabelle in 2013, also talked about her now-iconic character. "[Shonda Rhimes] never wrote Olivia Pope to be a role model; she wrote her to be a human being," she said. "Part of what people identify with so much is that she is conflicted."
She added, "In some ways, she's so aspirational — you want to walk like her, dress like her, command attention like her and control a situation like her. In other ways, she's a warning of what not to be."
As for what separates Kerry from Olivia, she joked, "A lot of therapy."
"Not to say that I have it all together, but I think I have a little bit more awareness about my behavior patterns and I do the work it takes to get out of them," she said.
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