With a recent Emmy nod, a starring role in a hit TV show, and baby #2 on the way, Kerry Washington seems to be able to do it all. But even the best need help sometimes! And for a pregnant Kerry, that help often comes from her boss — ‘Scandal’ creator Shonda Rhimes. Talk about women empowerment!
Kerry Washington, 39, has had a whirlwind of a year! But the most exciting part of the last few months? Announcing her second pregnancy to the world! But while the star truly does seem to have it all “handled,” she’ll be the first one to admit that having help — in all aspects of your life — is a complete necessity, especially with a little one on the way. And the surprising person she looks to during times of struggle? Her boss, Shonda Rhimes, 46!
“I’ve really leaned heavily on my boss’s experience,” Kerry explained to InStyle magazine for their September cover story. “I consider myself busy, but Shonda has about four of five shows, three kids…She says, ‘If you feel like you have just the right amount of help, then you don’t have enough.’ My therapist said this too. You need a lot of support. No just logistically but emotionally and spiritually.”
And we could not agree more! We love that Shonda and Kerry support each other as women and prove that when women lift each other up and stand together, beautiful things can happen. “I feel like there is a misconception of this catty, competitiveness between women,” Kerry continued. “That has not been my experience, particularly in Shondaland.”
And when it comes to preparing for the arrival of her latest bundle of joy, Kerry revealed that what really helps keep her centered is stepping OUT of the limelight — that and a little bit of old fashioned relaxation. “You arrive at a certain place of achieving and suddenly you feel like your goals are being dictated by other people,” the star told the publication. “Right now, as I get ready for this second baby, it’s really about me being in touch with what I want. I didn’t get here because I was trying to be what somebody else wanted me to be… So for now, I’m leaving myself open to the adventure.” Sounds like Kerry definitely has the right mindset!
HollywoodLifers — do you love how close Kerry is with Shonda? Pretty sweet, right?