Kerry Washington is taking on the political world through her character 'Oliva Pope' on the hit TV show, 'Scandal'. Now the actress is taking on the role as 'Anita Hill' in the upcoming highly anticipated HBO movie in which she executive produced, 'Confirmation'. The actress talks about the role in the April 2016 issue of ELLE magazine in which she is also on the cover. On the cover which was shot by Dan Martensen, Kerry is rocking a cotton sweatshirt from SHINOLA, CARTIER and VAN CLEEF & ARPELS jewelry along with her own ring. In the issue, she also talks Shonda Rhimes, motherhood, creating work for herself and more. Continue below to read some excerpts from her interview and to see more images. For more on Kerry's feature, visit ELLE.com and pick up a copy on newsstand on March 22nd.
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'This moment was so important because it created a language around women being able to protect themselves. The behavior that Anita Hill described was going on in a lot of offices throughout the country, and most people didn't think they were doing anything wrong. But this created awareness around that and around the need for women's voices to be heard in our public spaces, both testifying before Congress and sitting on the committee. It really was such a huge cultural shift.'
ON SPEAKING OUT ABOUT WHAT SHE BELIEVES IN WITHOUT COMPROMISING:
'I'm a person who's always been politically active and passionate about people's rights. I marched against the  Republican Convention. And as my career has expanded, it's been important for me to not stifle that voice. Because you want to be popular, you want people to hire you, and I have to make sure I don't do it less because I'm an actor.'
ON HOW PLAYING OLIVIA POPE MADE HER FEEL LIKE SHE COULD HANDLE MOTHERHOOD:
'Even though Olivia Pope has obviously made the decision that she is not a mom, playing her made me feel like I could be a mom. Because she knows there's always another way—there's always a way to fix it, there's always a way to solve it, to win. And I feel like playing her made me feel like, All right, I can do it. I will figure out how to juggle it all.
ON HER BOSS, FRIEND & MOM MENTOR SHONDA RHIMES AND HER BOOK:
'She's been such an amazing resource, as a mom, and as a working mom...I am on one show and I have one kid, and she has three shows and three kids. We bought it for a bunch of people for Christmas because I feel like it's a little bit of required reading.'
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