At 47 years old, Kerry Washington has this physical status:
As a result of a commercial in which she appeared, Washington obtained her Screen Actors Guild (SAG) card. In the ABC telefilm Magical Makeover (1994), Washington made her debut on television. She appeared in the 1996 PBS sketch comedy-style educational series Standard Deviants' cast, and she appeared in the short "3D" and the animated film Our Song. She went on to appear in numerous films, including Save the Last Dance (2001) and The Human Stain (2003). She appeared in the spy drama Bad Company in 2002, a film that marked a turning point for her in that it was the first time she had made enough money each year to qualify for health care under SAG.
She was praised as the female lead in Spike Lee's She Hate Me in 2004, and she received acclaim for her performance. She appeared in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), Little Man (2006), I Love My Wife (2007), and As the wife of 1970s Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the UK historical drama The Last King of Scotland (2006). In several episodes of the A&E cable-TV series 100 Centre Street, Washington has also appeared in the recurring role of Chelina Hall on ABC's Boston Legal and several episodes of the A&E cable-TV series 100 Centre Street. Doutzen Kroes, a singer who appeared in the music video for hip-hop artist Common's album "I Want You," his fourth single from his album Finding Forever, and as a spokesperson for L'Oréal, she co-directed and appeared in commercials and advertisements alongside fellow actresses, Scarlett Johansson and Eva Longoria, Michelle Yeoh, Dian Sastrowardoyo, Aishwarya Rai, Maya Karin
From the Mouthpiece to Back, Washington narrated this critically acclaimed documentary about the teenage TBC Brass Band, based in New Orleans. She appears in Maxwell's "Bad Habits" video. In 2009, Washington appeared in The People Speak, a documentary feature film that incorporates dramatic and musical performances of everyday Americans' letters, diaries, and speeches, based on historian Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States.
In 2010, Washington made her Broadway debut in David Mamet's play Race's original production, along with James Spader (with whom she worked on Boston Legal), David Alan Grier, and Richard Thomas. She appeared in Tyler Perry's 2010 drama film For Colored Girls as a part of the ensemble.
She appeared in Quentin Tarantino's film Django Unchained (2012), which received a lot of critical acclaim. In June 2012, she and 175 others were accepted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Olivia Pope, a crisis manager who runs her own crisis management company, and Irma Johnson appeared on ABC drama series Scandal, created by Shonda Rhimes from April 2012 to April 2018. She worked with high-profile people, most notably President of the United States, who was also her on-off lover. The show was a commercial and critical success, and it was dubbed one of the most talked about drama series on Facebook and Twitter. Washington's success attracted raves, and she was also recognized with the NAACP President's Award in 2013 for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series. She was named "Favorite actress" and "Scandal "Favorite Drama" of the year by the magazine's editors in 2013 and was also named "2013" Star of the Year" by the magazine's editors.
At the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards and 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, Washington was nominated for an Emmy for her second season of Scandal, becoming the first African-American woman to be nominated in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 18 years. She was also nominated for the Screen Actor's Guild Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, as well as a the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Drama Series. In 2015, the Boston Globe ranked Scandal tenth in its list of "Top 10 political TV shows."
Olivia Pope's appearances in Washington drew critical notice, prompting Vanity Fair to list her as one of the Top Ten Best-Dressed TV Characters" in 2013. Olivia Pope's wardrobe was based on "this desire to see [her character] wear such soft, feminine colors in a man's world," according to the show's costume designer, Lyn Paolo. During 2014, Washington and Paolo received the Influencer Award for Olivia Pope's chic dresses on display at the 2014 Ace Fashion Awards.
Washington ranked No. 2 in 2013. By Glamour magazine, two of the People magazine's Top Beautiful People and was named Woman of the Year. She came in No. 2 last year, the first year. The new star of Neutrogena skin care appeared on Forbes magazine's annual list of the highest-paid actors in television, and he was named 20 on the Forbes magazine's annual list of the top-paid actors in television. On November 2, 2013, Washington hosted Saturday Night Live, where she impersonated Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey in a cold opening sketch that mocked Saturday Night Live for not having any black female cast members for many years.
During Confirmation, an HBO film directed by Rick Famuyiwa about Anita Hill's testimony during the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination, which aired in 2016, Washington was the principal actor in Confirmation, which aired in 2016. At the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, as well as the Critics' Choice Awards' equivalent the same year, Washington was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie at Confirmation. The Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie at the Emmys was also recognized for the confirmation. Simpson Street, a production firm that has an overall contract with ABC Studios, was launched in the same year.
In 2017, Washington played a part in Cars 3.
Washington made her directorial debut on Scandal in 2018, directing the tenth episode of the seventh season. Olivia Pope appeared in two episodes of How to Get Away with Murder as part of a Scandal crossover. Scandal came to an end in April 2018. Following two parents arriving at a police station in the middle of the night asking for answers, Washington appeared in Christopher Demos-Brown's Broadway play American Son.
In 2019, Washington produced the seventh episode of Showtime's SMILF's second season. Helen Willis appeared in Live in Front of a Studio Audience on ABC, portraying Helen Willis' role. She reprised her role in the Broadway play American Son's film revival, which she also produced for Netflix this year. On September 12, 2019, the film made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and it was released on November 1, 2019.
During the Trump administration, Washington appeared as an executive producer on The Fight, a documentary film revolving around legal issues for the ACLU's face during the Trump administration, which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 30, 2020. She spent time as an executive producer and appeared in the Hulu miniseries Little Fires Everywhere, a sequel to Celeste Ng's 2017 book of the same name. Insecure's ninth episode was directed by Washington.
In September 2020, she received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special (Live) as a producer of the television series Live in Front of a Studio Audience. As Mrs. Greene, Washington appeared in The Prom, directed by Ryan Murphy for Netflix in December 2020.
In The Simpsons, Ms. Peyton, a fourth-grade teacher, will appear in the recurring role. In Soman Chainani's film version of The School of Good and Evil, Clarissa Dovey plays Professor Clarissa Dovey.
Eva Longoria of Universal Pictures is a character actress and executive producer who produces 24/7. Shadow Force, directed by Joe Carnahan for Lionsgate, will star and produce action film Shadow Force.