Kerry Washington Talks Privacy in Glamour October 2013: I'm Doing What's Best For Me

Posted Wednesday September 4, 2013 8:15 AM GMT

With her hit ABC series "Scandal" nearing its anticipated season premiere, Kerry Washington amp'ed up promotions by covering the October 2013 issue of Glamour magazine.

While donning designer garb from Dior and Dolce & Gabbana for the Peggy Sirota-shot spread, the 36-year-old actress opened up about her parents reaction to her career and reveals why her personal life is completely off limits.

Check out a few highlights from Miss Washington's interview below. For more, be sure to visit Glamour!

On her parent's disapproval of acting:
"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."

On her private life:
"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.' I don’t want to sound smug about it…but the point is to do what’s best for me. I have girlfriends in this business who talk about their personal lives, and it works for them, and I love it. But not for me."

On her super secret wedding:
"I’m walking around in the world with my ring. And when people say congratulations, I say thank you. But I’m going to continue to not talk about it and just let it unfold."

On her evolving choice in fashion:
"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. And I researched her like any other character. I actually called Tracee Ellis Ross [the actress and Diana Ross’s daughter], who’s a good friend, and literally asked, 'How do you pronounce Hermès?' Red-Carpet Kerry needed to know."

Photo Credit: Peggy Sirota for Glamour

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