2012 The Root 100

Kerry Washington is the star of the 2012 hit TV drama Scandal.

  • Influence: 189.0
  • Reach: 14.1
  • Substance: 7.1
  • Media Mentions: 862
  • Internet Mentions: 554000
  • Twitter Followers: 237040
  • Kerry Washington

  • Actress who addressed the 2012 Democratic National Convention and stars in hit ABC drama "Scandal."
  • Job: Actress
  • Sector: Entertainment/Media
  • Twitter: @kerrywashington
  • Location: New York City and Los Angeles
  • Age: 35
  • Bio: While her starring turn on the new Shonda Rhimes show Scandal made her a certified television star, Kerry Washington was also fulfilling another passion this year: politics. Washington, who is on the President's Committee for Arts and Humanities, took to the stage at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., to deliver a heartfelt speech about voters' rights, health care and education. The Bronx, N.Y.-born actress won a Presidential Arts Scholarship to attend George Washington University. She went on to star in films such as The Last King of Scotland, Fantastic Four and I Think I Love My Wife.Like her Facebook page.