“Scandal” season three presented some unique challenges for Kerry Washington, who was pregnant during shooting, that took her way outside of her comfort zone!
Fans of the show may have noticed a huge difference in Kerry’s performance last cycle — and we’re not just talking about her very obvious baby bump. Something seemed just a wee bit off about how she was playing the fabulous “Oliva Pope,” but it was hard to identify what the problem was. Then Gladiators found out that she pregnant, and it started to make sense.
While Kerry went through great lengths to hide her pregnancy until she couldn’t anymore, the last thing on her character’s mind was having babies (could you imagine the shocker if she was carrying President Fitz’s baby, or even crazier, Jake’s!?). That meant that the actress had to occupy two very different mental spaces for months at a time when her physical state was constantly shifting.
“All of last season was a challenge for me, on a few levels,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “For one thing, I was going through this amazing physical transition, this physical journey of having a baby, that my character was not going through.”
Kerry has never been one to require that her life parallel that of a given character. However, carrying a baby did mean that she had to change her approach to acting. “I work very physically. What I do is often grounded in the body. That meant I had to figure out how to be this woman while my instrument was changing and evolving every day,” the actress explained. “It was like seeing the keys on a piano jump around on a daily basis. It was tough for me to even maintain Olivia’s walk because of the changes.” (We knew we noticed a “power waddle!”)
Between her real-life growth and Olivia’s evolution, it was almost too much for Kerry to handle.
“Everything I understood about Olivia unraveled because of the storylines. The season really broke me,” she confessed. “I’m a Type A actor who likes to have it all figured out going in, but suddenly I had no idea where this woman was going to go next. I had to jump in without everything being perfect.”
As tough as the season was, Kerry she ultimately believes that it helped her improve her craft because she was required to step up her level of skill. “I felt like I had been in control playing the character, but it all got taken away from me last season,” she said. “That meant my acting toolbox had to be upgraded. I had to trade in my screwdriver and hammer for a Black and Decker power tool.”
Well now that baby Isabelle has made her way into the world, hopefully we can get that old thing back with Oliva! Fans will get to see how Kerry put her upgraded acting tools to use when season 4 of”Scandal” debuts September 25 at 9 p.m. EST on ABC!
Check out this gallery of Hollywood moms who make it look easy:
1. Taking Care Of Home & Still Fly!
Being a mom is one of the most beautiful things you'll ever experience, it's also one of the toughest jobs in the world. Balancing a career while raising a family is no easy task, it takes a village of support from family and friends.
2. Kelly Rowland
Kelly Rowland made pregnancy look effortlessly beautiful. Her happy and healthy baby boy, Titan Jewell Witherspoon was delivered on November 4th 2014. It’s been so amazing to watch Kelly grow into mommyhood both physically and emotionally. You can walk through Kelly’s baby bump evolution in this timeline: http://hellobeautiful.com/playlist/kelly-rowland-pregnancy-pics/item/2748745/
3. Kerry Washington
It makes sense that the actress who plays "Olivia Pope" would try to keep her baby news top secret, but the news is out! The "Scandal" star and her husband, NFL star Nnamdi Asomugha, gave birth to a baby girl two weeks before the news broke to the masses. Click here to get the scoop: http://bit.ly/1joOhW7. Keep clicking for more of Hollywood's Hottest Moms!
4. Eva Marcille
The former "America's Next Top Model" winner kept it au naturel and still looked flawless while holding her baby girl, Marley, in this picture that her beau Kevin McCall shared just moments after their newborn arrived (January 31). Her biggest beauty aid to her fuss-free braids and fresh face? The glow, of course. Read more: http://bit.ly/1iiGsiO!
Ciara's baby Future is almost a year old now, being born May 20. The “Body Party” singer initially confirmed her pregnancy on “The View” but didn't let the little one stop her from performing and keeping it hot on the red carpet! See more: http://bit.ly/1lCREWD.
6. Toni Braxton
Toni Braxton plants a kiss on son Diezel. We can just tell from his face that he's feeling that young man embarrassment, but it's adorable!
7. Evelyn Lozada
The "Basketball Wives" star always stays fabulous. To top it off, she's a mother of two to 20-year-old daughter Shaniece and an adorable baby boy she gave birth to on March 22. We're sure she'll be snatched again in no time!
8. 'Lil Kim
The Queen Bee debuted a basketball-sized baby bump -- in style! -- at The Blonds New York Fashion Week show February 12. After hitting the front row for the show, Kim took to the runway to preform some of her hits with her new mommy-to-be glow illuminating her glitzy gown! Watch her performance here: http://bit.ly/1jaExwC.
Bey unveiled her pregnancy with baby Blue Ivy at the 2011 MTV Awards in a Lanvin gown and Dolce & Gabbana suit and now that her and Jay Z's mini me is 1-years-old the singer's still taking care of home and staying fly!
10. Tia Mowry-Hardrict
The "Instant Mom" star has kept her look fresh since having her 2-year-old son, Cree, by testing out new hair cuts, dye jobs and trying out splashy colors and prints.
11. Tamera Mowry-Housley
How cute is baby Aden's little hat and matching shoes!? Tamera matched her little man with a business chic outfit.
Solange's eclectic, global style has rubbed off on her son Julez Smith Jr., 9, who's a little hipster in the making!
13. Tamar Braxton
The baby of the "Braxton Family Values" bunch is now a mom.com! Tamar welcomed her son Logan into the world, alongside her husband Vince Herbert, on June 6, 2013.
14. Halle Berry
Can we be like Halle when we grow up? The mother of two little ones -- Nahla, 5, (pictured) and newborn, Maceo -- snapped back after giving birth October 6, 2013 and went back to set to shoot "X-Man: Days of Future Past" shortly after.
15. Amber Rose
Rose showed off pictures of herself taking a dip with her 7-month-old son Sebastian and her edgy haircut got just as much attention as her and Wiz Khalifa's adorable baby.
Miss Thing is now Mrs. Thing and with Romelo, Rodney, and now baby girl Laiyah Monica has motherhood down.
17. Nia Long
"The Best Man Holiday" star has an 11-year-old, Massai, and welcomed her second son Kez to her family, Nov. 7 2012 and she's still as hot as ever! Let's just pause for the cause to admire how AMAZING she looked even while pregnant!
18. Lisa Bonet
Bonet's 24-year-old daughter Zoe Kravitz is a dead ringer for the former "Cosby Show" star in her "Denise Huxtable" days! The actress has also passed on her good looks to younger kids Lola Iolani, 6, and Nakoa-Wolf, 4.
19. Christina Milian
Christina's 3-year-old Violet, inherited mom's chic style but she's a dead ringer for dad, producer The-Dream.
20. Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner
Kim and Mama Kris have always been close, but we're sure Kim gained a new understanding of her "Momager's" protective and ambitious ways when she gave birth to daughter North West.
21. La La Anthony
With La La as a mom and New York Knick's player Carmelo Anthony as a dad, little Kiyan, 6, is sure to grow up with a double dose of swag.
We've been down with this star since her teens and now she's a mom to pre-teen daughter Sy'rai.
23. Mariah Carey
The ultimate girlie girl hasn't lost her love for all things pink and sparkly, even after having "Dem Babies," Roc & Roe, with husband Nick Cannon back in 2011.
24. Jennifer Lopez
"Jenny From the Block" is passing on her divatude to twins Max and Emme, 5, who appeared with her in a Gucci campaign earlier this year.
25. Lauren London
The new star of "The Game" keeps is trendy to play a former actress on the show, and in real life she's mom to a son with 'Lil Wayne: Cameron Carter, 4.
26. Jennifer Hudson
J-Hud made headlines for losing over 80lbs. through Weight Watchers, after having her son David Jr. in 2009. At the time, the singer said her new shape allowed her to have more clothing options and she's since gone on to design her own clothing line for QVC.
27. Lauryn Hill
The Grammy-award winning songstress has a brood of six including four sons: Zion (who she sung about on "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill"), Joshua, John, and Micah, as well as two daughters: Selah and Sarah
28. Jada Pinkett Smith
It's in the genes for this talent whose mom to equally talented Jaden and Willow.
29. Taraji P. Henson
Forever young looking Taraji is mom to 18-year-old Marcel. You glow girl!
30. Paula Patton
We love that Paula Patton can keep it sexy with her man Robin Thicke in music videos and then get comfy and still look cute when it's time to take care of their 3-year-old son, Julian.
31. Gwen Stefani
Don't sleep, this musical mom to Kingston and Zuma has talent, style, and the coolest kids names ever.
32. Erykah Badu
Seven, Puma, and Mars make up this singer creatively named brood.
33. Vanessa Williams
Vanessa has four kids -- Melanie, 26 ; Jillian, 24; Devin, 20; and Sasha, 13-- and she STILL looks bad! Get it!
34. Garcelle Beauvais
Garcelle has an older son Oliver Saunders, 22, but still keeps it mommy cute on play dates with her younger twins, Jax and Jaid, 5.
35. Angela Bassett
Angela welcomed twins, Bronwyn (pictured) and Slater, with her husband Courtney B. Vance ("Law & Order: Criminal Intent), who was once her classmate at Yale Drama school. The kids are now 7 and Angela looks as good as ever!
Train up a child in the way that he shall go! Kelis is often spotted bringing her son Knight Jones on shopping trips with her.
37. Kimora Lee Simmons
Kimora is another "model mom" who hasn't lost her "fabulosity" while taking care of her full house that includes daughters Ming Lee, 13 , Aioki Lee, 11, and son Kenzo, 4.
38. Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys and her hubby Swizz Beatz have been swagging out their baby Egypt (now 3) in cool threads ever since he was old enough to walk!
39. June Ambrose
If you follow her rock mom chronicles on Instagram then you know this stylist to the stars is a master at balancing motherhood and work.
Even after two daughters -- Alexandria Zahra, 12 (pictured) and Zulekha Haywood, 35 -- doesn't Iman still look every bit a supermodel?
41. Mel B.
The former Spice Girl has a house full of "girl power" with daughters Phoenix, 14, Angel, 6, and Madison, 2.
42. Jill Scott
We live for Jilly from Philly. A 3-year-old Jett... well let's just say he is adorbs.