Kerry Washington looks absolutely beautiful on the cover of Uptown magazine. Inside, the actress spoke about her craft and the roles she chooses.
About her upcoming film, “Django Unchained, she said, “I’ve never seen slavery dealt with this way before in film. So often it’s a white character who’s the savior of black people. We should have a plethora of visions and interpretations of who we are as a nation. This is not necessarily the film I would make about slavery.”
“If I were to say it’s okay to play a lawyer but not a maid, or it’s okay to play a professor but not a slave, that would be sort of spitting on the legacy of my grandmother, who was a maid on Park Avenue for years, or my ancestors in South Carolina, who came from slavery.”
As for how she chooses roles, she told Uptown, “If you look at my body of work, I’ve always taken huge risks. I’ve played prostitutes, drug addicts, pimping lesbians. I do work I’m drawn to.”
Read more in the January 2013 issue of Uptown.