“I dreamt about being on the stage way before I dreamt about being on anybody’s screen anywhere,” Kerry Washington tells CBS Sunday Morning’s Michelle Miller in the October 7 segment above.
Washington has been seen in movies for over a decade, from Save the Last Dance to Mr. & Mrs. Smith; She made her Broadway debut nine years ago in David Mamet’s Race. But her notoriety came when she took on the role of Olivia Pope in ABC’s Scandal, beginning in 2012 and becoming the first African American female lead on a network drama in 40 years. It’s the role that earned her her first Golden Globe nomination and two Emmy nominations.
With Scandal wrapped, Washington returns to Broadway in a new American play American Son. Written by Christopher Demos-Brown and directed by Tony winner Kenny Leon, the story chronicles the night that Kendra (Washington) and Scott’s son goes missing through her eyes as a black mother, the eyes of a white father (Steven Pasquale), the eyes of a white cop (Jeremy Jordan), and the eyes of a black cop (Eugene Lee).
And that’s the magic she hopes to bring to her character, Kendra, as American Son currently plays its limited engagement at Broadway’s Booth Theatre. “Because as a culture, we tend to look past women or look past women of color; when we give value to the stories of women of color, it becomes a social act of rebellion. It's not what I'm intending to do, but I'm not going to make myself small.”