If you want to spend some extra time with Kerry Washington, I have some movie tips for you.
When I saw 2006's THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND, not only was I devastated by the brilliant performance Forest Whitaker gave as Idi Amin, I sat through the closing credits to catch the name of the gifted actress who played, Kay, one of the ruthless dictator's African wives. I was positive she was an African actress who deserved to be known by Hollywood. Watch this short clip: https://youtu.be/ONdAwWqNaDs.
Kerry's a New Yorker. From The Bronx. Like Jennifer Lopez. Also in that clip with Kerry were actors James McAvoy and David Oyelowo.
I had no idea during THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND that I was watching was the same actress who played Della Bea, the wife of legendary singer Ray Charles, in the 2004 biopic, RAY. That's how good an actress Kerry is. And she must also have magical powers on leading men. Forest Whitaker won the Best Actor Oscar for THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND and Jamie Foxx won the Best Actor Oscar for RAY. She and Jamie reteamed for Quentin Tarantino's DJANGO UNCHAINED, Oscar nominee for Best Picture of 2012.
As if that's not enough, Kerry Washington can make you laugh! On NBC, she proved to be one of my favorite guest hosts on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. Here she is in a sketch about the Miss Universe pageant.
That background actor work experience was great. My part wound up on the cutting room floor...but, heck....I GOT A HUG FROM KERRY WASHINGTON! And I got paid.