Kerry Washington: 15 Facts You Didn’t Know (Part 1)

Art Streiber
Art Streiber

Since the beginning of Scandal, actress Kerry Washington has been the one to watch. And as a relatively new face to television, fans have been clambering for information about her. To satisfy the demand, here are a few fun facts about her.

Number Fifteen: Kerry Washington Comes From A Family Of Immigrants

Like many in the United States, Kerry Washington’s family immigrated to the United States via Ellis Island. She has positive proof of this too, her grandparents names are on the memorial wall on the island.

Number Fourteen: She Shares The Same Hobbies As Olivia Pope

Her character Olivia Pope is not shy to show off her swimming skills. This was not a hard thing to demonstrate for Kerry either since she swam for her high school’s swim team.

Number Thirteen: She Had A Few Famous Classmates

A native New Yorker, Kerry was active in her local Boys and Girls Club in the Bronx. This just happened to be the same one Jennifer Lopez visited too.

Number Twelve: She Enjoys Singing

She may have decided to focus on her acting career, but Kerry is a singer too. She was in her high school girls acapella group, Triple Trio.

Number Eleven: He Thought Of Retiring Early

Taylor came to a point in 1985 where he thought of retiring from performing. But he changed his mind after being asked to perform at an event in Rio where the audience was extremely responsive. He wrote the song Only A Dream In Rio right after his performance.

Number Ten: She Bucks The Birthday Gift Tradition

As the tradition goes, people receive presents on their birthday instead of give them. Kerry has changed this up a bit though. Every year, she gives her parents a gift instead.

Number Nine: She’s Named For A County In a Foreign Country

Kerry has said that her nationality consists of English, Scottish and Native American Ancestry along with being descended from Caribbean slaves. This makes her name all the more interesting since she is named after Ireland’s County Kerry. Stay tuned for part two of our article on Kerry Washington coming soon!