Kerry Washington: ‘White Women Want To Be Olivia Pope’

Source:  Luchina Fisher / ABC News

As the ultimate Washington fixer Olivia Pope in “Scandal,” Kerry Washington has struck a nerve with women of all ages and races.

“One of the most profound things for me about the show is the number of white women of all ages who come up to me and say, ‘I want to be Olivia Pope,’” Washington told the August issue of Vanity Fair.


 “It’s especially profound in a place like South Africa,” she added. “It’s called ‘The Fixer’ over there, and it just started its second season. The fact that white women can see this woman of color as an aspirational character is revolutionary, I think, in the medium of television. I don’t think white women would feel that way about Olivia if her identity as a woman, period, wasn’t first in their mind.”

Though Washington takes on the capitol’s heavy hitters every week in the ABC series, she sees her role of fixer as inherently feminine.

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