Actress, director, producer, activist
Celebrated actor, director, producer, and activist Kerry Washington has received critical acclaim and Emmy, Screen Actors Guild, and Golden Globe Award nominations for her portrayal of crisis manager Olivia Pope on the hit Shonda Rhimes show “Scandal,” which just completed its seventh and final season. In 2016, Washington launched the production company Simpson Street. Its first project, HBO’s “Confirmation,” earned Emmy, Golden Globe, and SAG nominations for best TV movie as well as nominations for Washington as lead actress. The company’s 10-episode original drama series “Five Points” launched on Facebook Watch this past June. Washington served on the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities during the Obama administration. She spoke at the Democratic National Convention in 2012, and was honored with the NAACP President’s Award in 2013. In 2014, “Time” magazine included Washington on its annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.