Love me some Kerry Washington. I have for years. I am so glad my friends on the East Coast messaged me to stay up on the West Coast and, at least, see her opening sketch on Saturday Night Live. Kerry Washington has got the comedy gift. She was a terrific host. I laughed at every single sketch she did. SNL needs to bring her back for more.
Kerry played one of the women in Ray's life. She lit up the screen as Della Bea. You know how you see an actor and there's just a little something extra about him or her that connects with you as a moviegoer? That star quality thing?
I got that feeling watching Kerry Washington in Ray -- the feeling that she had star quality.
Then I had an up close and personal encounter with Kerry. During a year when I was working on Whoopi Goldberg's syndicated weekday morning radio show (yes, Whoopi Goldberg had a morning radio show), I was contacted by a casting director. She offered me one day of local SAG work as a background actor. It would be for late morning to mid-afternoon shoot. It was in midtown Manhattan. I'd be a businessman carrying a newspaper and a briefcase walking behind the two stars of the film -- Chris Rock and Kerry Washington. I had a job on national radio with Whoopi Goldberg but this shoot would be on a day off for me. Being an extra doesn't pay a lot of money, but I eagerly took the offer for the learning experience. Plus, it was a chance to do some acting.
He gets himself into funny situations when he's offered a little "somethin'-somethin'" on the side and works to fend off temptation.
The original was Chloe in the Afternoon, a film by Eric Rohmer.
Chris Rock's comedy remake/update was called I Think I Love My Wife (2007).
Kerry Washington starred as the lovely, intelligent but rather bothersome temptation. The actress did the best she could with an awkwardly written role.
Because of an enthusiastic review from Roger Ebert, I rented Mother and Child starring Annette Bening, Samuel L. Jackson, Naomi Watts, Jimmy Smits and Kerry Washington.
And then came the sexy political prime time thriller, Scandal, on ABC. Pop!