“I thought that to be an actress, you had to want to be famous,” she said. “And that wasn’t something I was interested in.”
Washington said it was during a summer program in New York that she realized many people have fulfilling careers as actors, but aren’t necessarily the topic of tabloid banter.
“I realized there were lots of people who made a living as actors who may never be on the cover of a magazine, but still had fulfilling careers. And I decided, ‘I’m going to go for it.’ But I never really saw myself as someone who would be that girl on the cover of anything.”
See more of Washington in Emmy magazine in the photo gallery below.