Kerry Washington Says Playing Olivia Pope Has Made Motherhood a Seamless Transition

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Actress Kerry Washington attends SiriusXM's Town Hall with Kerry Washington at the SiriusXM Studios on September 25, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM) *** Local Caption *** Kerry Washington

 Kerry Washington explained to Sirius XM how portraying the role of Olivia Pope on “Scandal” has made motherhood a seamless transition.

“I don’t know if I would be a mom today if it weren’t for her,” she said. “She really has taught me to be resilient and to be able to juggle a lot at once. 1443370812174Both the experience of playing her — because she’s somebody who never backs down, and never gives up and knows there’s always a solution — but also the responsibility of playing her as a professional.”

Kerry On juggling motherhood and work:

Kerry+Washington+SiriusXM+Town+Hall+Kerry+qo4c1OKsaIfl“Being able to juggle those days and juggle those hours and be the No. 1 on the call sheet and all of that — it really opened me up to the possibility of going outside of my comfort zone in terms of what I thought was possible in a lot of ways. She’s taught me to trust in my ability to expand — physically and logistically.”

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