2013 The Root 100

Kerry Washington is a television and film actress who has become a household name.

  • Influence: 261.8
  • Reach: 15.92
  • Substance: 8.1
  • Media Mentions: 1545
  • Internet Mentions: 5160000
  • Twitter Followers: 1051621
  • Kerry Washington

  • Emmy-nominated star of weekly primetime drama Scandal, film actress and magazine cover girl.
  • Job: Actress
  • Sector: Entertainment/Media
  • Twitter: @kerrywashington
  • Location: Los Angeles
  • Age: 36
  • Bio: Poised. Pretty. Private. As the smoldering, emotive, put-together Olivia Pope on the weekly drama Scandal, Kerry Washington breathes life into the role of a real woman -- complex, successful, yet sometimes, ahem, scandalous. This year Washington tore up screens small -- Scandal draws in more than 8 million viewers each week -- and big, with starring roles in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained and the Tyler Perry-backed comedy Peeples. Washington also rocked countless magazine covers including Uptown, Ebony, Elle and Vanity Fair, where she dazzled on its International Best Dressed list. In a lovely flourish, she wed beau NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha in an extremely private Idaho ceremony. And though she did not win, she was nominated for a 2013 primetime Emmy for lead actress in a drama for Scandal.

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  • Fun Fact: Kerry Washington and Jennifer Lopez were a part of the same Boy and Girls Club of America in The Bronx, N.Y.