KERRY WASHINGTON NEWS, INTERVIEWS & UPDATES
News for 2/26/2007
Foursome rocks with 'Cracktown'
By Gregg Goldstein
The Hollywood Reporter
NEW YORK -- Evan Ross, Michael Rapaport, Kerry Washington and Victor Rasuk are attached to star in Buddy Giovinazzo's drug-fueled indie urban drama "Life Is Hot in Cracktown."
Ross also is starring in Jessy Terrero's "Brooklyn to Manhattan," a thriller about four Manhattanites stalked by killers in Brooklyn subway tunnels after a failed drug deal.
"Cracktown," based on Giovinazzo's eponymous 1993 collection of short stories, intertwines several unsettling tales of people in a neighborhood ravaged by crack cocaine.
Ross, the 18-year-old son of singer Diana Ross, recently stirred up controversy after the MPAA initially banned a poster for Lionsgate's upcoming "Pride" because of a revealing shot of him in a tight swimsuit. According to a story this week in the New York Daily News, Lionsgate was forced to prove that the photo wasn't altered, prompting a reversal of the decision. "Apparently the MPAA accused us of enlarging his bulge," a Lionsgate spokesperson said. "He's just naturally well-endowed. That's the long and short of it."
Ross' credits include the upcoming HBO Films drama "Life Support" with Queen Latifah and the indie drama "Gardens of the Night" with John Malkovich. Rapaport, who stars in Fox's "The War at Home," recently appeared in "Hitch" and "Special." Washington's credits include "The Last King of Scotland," "The Dead Girl" and the upcoming "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer." Rasuk played the title character in "Raising Victor Vargas" and will appear in "Reggaeton" and "Spinning Into Butter."
Ross is repped by Innovative Artists, Kritzer Levine Wilkins Entertainment and the law firm Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca, Fischer, Gilbert-Lurie, Stiffelman, Cook, Johnson, Lande and Wolf Llp. Rapaport is repped by Gersh Agency. Washington is repped by CAA and Washington Square Arts. Rasuk is repped by Gersh Agency and Washington Square Arts.
News for 1/24/2007
Jackson, Washington eye "Lakeview"
By Tatiana Siegel and Borys Kit
The Hollywood Reporter
Samuel L. Jackson and Kerry Washington are in negotiations to co-star in the low-budget thriller "Lakeview Terrace."
Jackson would play an LAPD officer who will stop at nothing to force out the interracial couple who just moved in next door. Washington would play the female half of the couple.
The project is out to directors, and casting is under way for the white male lead. Shooting is scheduled to start in May in Los Angeles. Will Smith will produce the project for Sony's Screen Gems label with James Lassiter, his partner in Sony-based Overbrook Entertainment.
Jackson's upcoming films include "Hustle and Flow" director Craig Brewer's "Black Snake Moan." Washington is in theaters with "The Last King of Scotland."
News for 1/8/2007
EXCL: The Dead Girl's Kerry Washington
Source: Edward Douglas
Here at ComingSoon.net, we really love actress Kerry Washington, but how can anyone not? She's one of the sweetest, friendliest and smartest actresses we've had the opportunity to meet, and her movie choices have gotten better and better in the two plus years since we first interviewed her for Spike Lee's She Hate Me. In 2004, she starred opposite Jamie Foxx in the biopic Ray, and this year, she gave another great supporting performance as Idi Amin's wife in The Last King of Scotland. In between, she played The Thing's girlfriend Alicia Masters in Fantastic Four and a secret agent in Mr. and Mrs. Smith, two of the bigger movies of the summer of '05.
Still, the role that might get Washington the most attention this year is that of a drug-addicted prostitute in Karen Moncrieff's ensemble drama The Dead Girl, which shows the effects on a number of different women when the corpse of a young woman is found in the desert.
ComingSoon.net: You've had an amazing two years since "Ray," following that by appearing in two of the big summer blockbusters of '05. Why did you decide to take a part in a smaller indie like "The Dead Girl"?
Kerry Washington: Actually, my very first film was a film called "Our Song," that was a small independent film that went to Sundance. It was received very highly on a critical level, and my second film was "Save the Last Dance," so that kind of set-up the dynamic from very early on, that I go back and forth between independent films and studio films. It's a value of mine to be able to go back and forth between the two ropes, because they're such different experiences that they're both really important I think.
CS: What was it about Karen's script that made you want to play the character of Rosetta?
Washington: Usually, I know that I want to do a script when I can't put it down, and this one I had the exact opposite reaction. I actually kept throwing it across the room as I was reading it, because it was so disturbing. When I got to this particular character, I felt like she was someone who needed to be respected. I knew that it was a character who needed a lot of craft brought to her in order for the role to work in the story the way it needs to. I felt really driven to give her a leel of humanity so she's not the stereotype of a hooker, so to speak.
CS: When did you shoot this movie?
Washington: Just this year, yeah, like in March, I think?
CS: Karen told us that you were one of the actresses who had to convince them that you'd be right for the part.
Washington: It wasn't Karen actually that I had to convince. I had to fight for the role, but not with Karen who was really in my corner, it was more with the producers.
CS: So even with all the stuff you had in your resume, you still had to audition?
Washington: Yeah, well first of all, the part was written for a Latina woman, so that was part of the resistance, because I'm not Latina. One of the reasons I fought for the role was because I know that there are a lot of Latin women who look like me, but that's not… generally, when people are thinking of a Latina woman, they're not thinking of someone who looks like me, although there are several that do. They had someone in mind, who was perhaps a bigger name than I am.
CS: Did you have a chance to talk to an actual prostitute to help get into your character's way of thinking?
Washington: Yeah, there's a great organization in New York called GEMS, which stands for Girls Empowerment Mentoring Services, and the woman who founded the organization, she just won the Reebok Humanitarian of the Year Award. She used to be a prostitute, and she started this advocacy group, halfway house mentoring service for young women who are trying to get out of the sex trade. It also works to prevent young women from getting into the sex trade to begin with. It was really exciting for me, because I had done a benefit for this group, so I met the girls and really loved them. Then I got the script, and I thought this would be such a good way to have a reciprocal relationship. They had never read a screenplay before, so I made 15 copies and sat down and read it with them, and I asked them to tell me what was real, what made sense, what didn't make sense, to help me understand the inner workings of it all. They were incredibly helpful. They actually helped me tweak the script even.
CS: Did you already know the accent or have it down, maybe from growing up in the Bronx?
Washington: Yeah, my mom comes from a bi-racial background and growing up when she did in the Bronx, there weren't a lot of bi-racial kids, obviously, so there's a lot of Latin culture in my family, because a lot of my aunts and uncles married people of Latin descent. So I have an uncle from the Dominican Republic, an uncle from Puerto Rico, there's a lot of Latin culture in my family. I worked on [the accent] a little bit, because I wanted it to sound a little more West Coast than East Coast. I wanted it to sound a little more Southern, than North-Eastern. I love doing accent work. It's one of my favorite things to do. Learning the Southern accent for "Ray," learning the African accent for "The Last King"…
CS: You're almost unrecognizable when you first show up in the movie wearing a purple wig, and it's interesting how many different looks you have in your movies.
Washington: It's interesting, 'cause it's a time when so many actors work on branding themselves, and I think I really have approached my work more as a character actor, in a way. I worry sometimes that it will make my career more challenging because a lot of times people don't recognize me from piece to piece. I think it's a matter of time before people link it all together. I'm just proud of the body of work, that's more important to me than being recognizable on the street or having a certain brand out there in Hollywood.
CS: At least you've now shown that you can do different things, and you might not have to audition as much. You've had this amazing run though. After you appeared in "Ray," Jamie Foxx got an Oscar, and now your "Last King" co-star Forest Whitaker is also getting the same buzz. Do you think people will start thinking of you as the Oscar good luck charm?
Washington: I think so. I think it'll be that if you want to win an Oscar, you have to hire me to play your wife, that's the secret. (laughs) People have commented on it. I hope that Forest does win the Oscar, and then hopefully I'll get a lot of work out of it, because all the actors out there who want Oscars will hire me to play their lovers, wives…
CS: Speaking of "Last King of Scotland," there's a scene in which we briefly see the fate of your character. How did they do that?
Washington: People keep asking me if that was hard to watch, but for me, it was actually awesome to watch. I think there's probably a detachment I have, because I want to protect myself from knowing that's me. But I was there for all the… we did face-molding and computer scans and body measurements, because they really built me… and then cut me up. It's fascinating to me when I see that scene, it really is. They really built an entire me, but they wouldn't let me see it in Africa for some reason.
CS: Can you talk about working with Forest in that movie? Did he really get into the character?
Washington: Yeah, I know Forest, and I feel like I didn't see Forest one time in Uganda. He never really completely separated himself from the spirit of Idi Amin. It was pretty intense for everybody.
CS: Do you keep in touch with any of your movie co-stars?
Washington: I do, I do. I'm always happy to see people or I'm often happy seeing people that I've worked with in the past, but every once in a while, you run into someone who you really become friends with, and Marcia Gay Harden is one of those people. She's somebody, I think I'm a little bit in love with Marcia, we really… she's a dear, dear friend now.
CS: I've met her a few times, and she's very candid and open.
Washington: Yeah, she's a real person.
CS: How many days were you actually working with her on "The Dead Girl"?
Washington: I think we had four or five days together. I have some scenes with Brittany Murphy, but other than that, they're with her.
CS: Did you realize that there weren't any men in your segment in the movie?
Washington: It's interesting. I didn't notice that until you just said it, but I definitely when I was reading the script, I definitely felt drawn to the fact that there were so many rich, multi-layered female characters, that the women weren't just there to facilitate the husband's story.
CS: Have you been able to keep in touch with Anthony Mackie or following his career since you two starred together in Spike Lee's "She Hate Me"?
Washington: Yeah, we trade phone calls every once in awhile, if he's in L.A. or when I'm here, we play phone tag a lot. We don't really hang out, but I'm always happy to see him out and about.
CS: It's strange, because that movie wasn't a big success, but you could tell the two of you were going places, and it's another testament to Spike Lee's ability to find talent. So we know you'll be in "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer," but what else have you been working on?
Washington: I did a film this summer that comes out this coming March called "I Think I Love My Wife," so I'm really excited about that. It's a remake of the Eric Rohmer film which was called "Chloe in the Afternoon" here. It's a wonderful… in my opinion, from the best period of French filmmaking, and he does this modern day version of the film.
CS: And Chris Rock is directing and acting in it?
Washington: And he co-wrote it as well with Louis C.K. He did "Head of State" but when he called me to do this film, I was a little... first of all, I was a little surprised that he was doing an Eric Roehmer film, and he said that "Head of State" he worked for a few months, and this he had been working on for five years, and that it was a very different kind of beast for him. I think it's a real departure for him. He's really done a lot of work on his acting. I think people will be surprised.
CS: So it's not a comedy so much.
Washington: It's sort of a dramedy. I mean, he breathes and he's funny, but it's definitely poignant.
CS: It's interesting how you're getting more into comedy, especially after doing such heavy films like "The Last King of Scotland." You wouldn't imagine you being in a movie like the Wayans' "Little Man."
Washington: Part of it is that they help me get over each other, like I had just finished "Last King of Scotland," and I called my team and said, "It is definitely time for me to do a comedy. I'm so drained emotionally, I want to work with somebody who's just going to make me laugh for three months," and then we came across "Little Man." And I'd been looking to do a comedy for a long time, because I've never done one before. I wanted to make sure when I did it, I was doing it with people who are really at the top of their game, which I think the Wayans are, completely. I think they're amazingly talented, and then when I was done with that, I was like, "It's time for me to get back to some serious acting," which led to "The Dead Girl." So I really try to keep myself on my toes. I try to keep it fresh and different and ever-evolving.
CS: Are the Wayans Brothers upset that they aren't in the frontrunning for Oscars after working with you?
Washington: (laughs) I don't think they're surprised.
CS: Are you looking for something different to do next?
Washington: Yeah, I'm actually looking at two projects that I'm in negotiations for next year.
The Dead Girl opens in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, December 29, then opens wider in January.
News for 12/23/2006
EXCL: Kerry Washington on FF2… and 3?
Source: Edward Douglas
We're pretty big fans of Kerry Washington here at ComingSoon.net/Superhero Hype!, so we were very excited when we learned that she'd been cast as the role of The Thing's girlfriend, Alicia Masters, in Fantastic Four, but saddened when she only appeared in one small scene.
She's already finished shooting her scenes for next year's sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer, and while interviewing her for her new indie drama The Dead Girl, we had to find out why we didn't see more of her character, since Alicia is such an important part of Ben Grimm's life. "There was originally four scenes, and some of it got out, obviously. We'll see how this one is edited," she told us when asked how Alicia fared in the sequel.
In the comics, Alicia Masters gets caught in the middle of a love triangle between The Thing and The Silver Surfer, so we wondered if we'd be seeing some of that sort of thing in the Surfer's film debut. "Yeah, that's not so much in this film," she said, adding that there won't be any riding around on CG surf boards for her either. "I like being a part of the franchise. I like the people I work with in that franchise. It would be great and fun and wonderful if I could do even more on the third one."
Ah, so they are already talking about doing a third movie in the series? "Not definitely, but probably," she said smiling, probably at the thought of having to answer more fanboy questions about the franchise for the next few years.
Look for more with Kerry on ComingSoon.net next week, when she talks about The Dead Girl and her other recent and upcoming films. Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer is scheduled for June 15, 2007.
The following interview appeared in the September 2006 issue of Interview Magazine
News for 12/10/2006
The following article appeared in the August 2006 issue of Essence Magazine
News for 10/8/2006
Kerry Washington Interview@BlackFilm.com
News for 7/16/2006
The following article appeared in the May 2006 issue of InStyle Magazine
News for 5/15/2006
'Wife' swap: Rock takes helming duty
By Tatiana Siegel and Borys Kit
The Hollywood Reporter
Chris Rock has signed on to direct the comedy "I Think I Love My Wife" for Fox Searchlight. Charles Stone was slated to direct the Rock starrer, but he recently dropped out.
Kerry Washington and Gina Torres have boarded the project, which begins shooting this month in New York.
The film, a remake of Eric Rohmer's 1972 French comedy "Chloe in the Afternoon," centers on Richard Cooper (Rock), a professional who is married to Brenda (Torres), with whom he has a young daughter. When his old flame (Washington) enters the picture, Cooper soon discovers he is in way over his head. Rock penned the screenplay with longtime collaborator Louis C.K.
Lisa Stewart and Adam Brightman are producing. Searchlight's Claudia Lewis and Zola Mashariki will oversee for the label.
The film will mark Rock's return to the director's chair; he helmed the 2003 comedy "Head of State," in which he co-starred with Bernie Mac. He is repped by Endeavor and Mosaic Media Group.
Washington, whose recent credits include "Fantastic Four," "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" and "Ray," will appear in the upcoming Wayans brothers comedy "Little Man." She is repped by CAA and Washington Square Arts.
Torres, who co-stars on the new Fox hostage negotiation drama "Primary," also stars opposite her husband, Laurence Fishburne, in Liongate's "Five Fingers," which recently premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. She is repped by Domain and Framework Entertainment.
News for 4/4/2006
The following article appeared in the February 2006 issue of InStyle Magazine
Moncrieff Brings Dead Girl to Life
Writer-director Karen Moncrieff has set her follow-up to Blue Car, lining up Josh Brolin, Rose Byrne, Toni Collette, James Franco, Marcia Gay Harden, Mary Beth Hurt, Brittany Murphy, Giovanni Ribisi, Mary Steenburgen and Kerry Washington for The Dead Girl Lakeshore Entertainment is financing and producing.
Piper Laurie is negotiating to join the cast of the film, which starts shooting April 17 in Los Angeles. Henry Winterstern brought "Dead Girl" to Lakeshore and will produce along with company principals Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi.
The project centers on the dark mystery surrounding a young woman's death, which is gradually revealed when the lives of seemingly uninvolved people intersect. Moncrieff will direct from her own script.
Lakeshore will retain international rights to the pic and is currently in talks with several studios about a domestic distribution deal.
News for 3/23/2006
L'Oreal Paris Signs Kerry Washington as New Spokesperson
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 17, 2006--L'Oreal Paris has signed actress Kerry Washington, best known for her critically acclaimed portrayal of Ray Charles' wife Della in the film Ray, to an exclusive worldwide contract as a spokesperson for the company and its brands. Washington will first represent L'Oreal Paris' HIP High Intensity Pigments(TM), a new cosmetics collection for women who love color. The new print ad featuring Washington will debut later this year.
"It's really exciting for me to be one of the faces of L'Oreal and to be working with a company that has historically represented so many different kinds of women with different kinds of skin color," says Washington. "One of the main reasons I was so attracted to working with L'Oreal is because of their slogan, 'Because I'm Worth It'. L'Oreal is so much about supporting women, helping women feel good about themselves, and it's great to feel like I can be a part of that."
"We're so happy to welcome Kerry as our newest L'Oreal spokesperson," added Carol J. Hamilton, president of the L'Oreal Paris division of L'Oreal USA, Inc. "Kerry has proven to be one of Hollywood's most exciting new actresses, and she has truly shined opposite some of the biggest names in the film industry. We know that she will bring that same spirit and spark, as well as her incredible natural beauty, to all her work with L'Oreal."
"Kerry Washington is a rising star with acknowledged talent, who has won the admiration of many women with her acting ability," declared Youcef Nabi, International General Manager of L'Oreal Paris. "We can't wait to see her magnificent eyes light up our newest ad campaigns."
Winner for "Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture" for Ray at the NAACP Image Awards in 2005 and Nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for "Best Actress" in the film Lift in 2002, Kerry Washington is proving to be one of the busiest actresses in Hollywood. Most recently, she was seen in this past summer's Mr. and Mrs. Smith, starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and Fantastic Four, directed by Tim Story and based on the beloved Marvel comics' superheroes. Washington will next be seen in the Wayans Brothers' comedy Little Man, scheduled to be released July 5th, 2006 and The Last King of Scotland opposite Forest Whitaker, scheduled to be in theaters fall 2006.
Prior to these two films, Washington starred in Ray, the inspirational life story of Ray Charles. Directed by Taylor Hackford, Washington starred opposite Jamie Foxx as Charles' wife, Della. Prior to Ray, she played the lead role opposite Anthony Mackie in Spike Lee's latest film, She Hate Me. In addition, she recently starred in Sidney Lumet's HBO film Strip Search with Ellen Barkin, Glenn Close and Maggie Gyllenhaal and the independent film Sexual Life in which Washington co-starred with Tom Everett Scott, Dule Hill, Anne Heche and Azura Skye.
Other film credits for Washington include Paramount Pictures' Against the Ropes, starring Meg Ryan; Paramount Classic's The United States of Leland, opposite Don Cheadle, Kevin Spacey and Ryan Gosling; Miramax's The Human Stain, starring Nicole Kidman and Sir Anthony Hopkins; Jerry Bruckheimer's Bad Company, starring Chris Rock and Sir Anthony Hopkins and directed by Joel Schumacher; and Lift, written and directed by DeMane Davis and Khari Streeter. She's probably best known for her role in Paramount Pictures' Save the Last Dance, where she starred opposite Julia Stiles and Sean Patrick Thomas, in which Washington received a Teen Choice Award for Best Breakout Performance. Prior to that, Washington starred in the highly acclaimed independent film, Our Song, playing a wise but conflicted teen.
During her free time, Washington is an active supporter of the Creative Coalition, a group dedicated to raising awareness of First Amendment Rights and support of arts in education.
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News for 11/12/2005
Con 'Man' Tale Lures Washington
LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com)- Kerry Washington will take the female lead in "Little Man," a new comedy from director Keenen Ivory Wayans and stars Marlon and Shawn Wayans. Will the film be able to recapture that "White Chicks" magic? Here's hoping.
Tracy Morgan ("Saturday Night Live") and John Witherspoon ("Friday") are also expect to contribute to the hilarity created by the three Wayans brothers, who also wrote the "Little Man" script.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will tell the story of a man (Shawn Wayans), who's really anxious to become his father. He sees his chance when he confused a "short, baby-faced thief on the run" (Marlon Wayans) for an abandoned toddlers and takes the baby into his home. We'd repeat that plot for you again, but it wouldn't suddenly start making sense.
Washington will play the wife of Shawn's character.
Probably best known for her co-starring role in the Oscar-winning biopic "Ray," Washington had a busy summer with unfulfilling roles in "Fantastic Four" and "Mr. & Mrs. Smith." She'll next be seen opposite Forest Whitaker in "The Last King of Scotland."
News for 11/8/2005
The following interview appeared in the Fall 2005 issue of Weddings InStyle Magazine
News for 10/8/2005
The following interview appeared in the August 2005 issue of InStyle Magazine
News for 8/1/2005
The following article appeared in the June/July 2005 issue of Upscale Magazine
Kerry Washington Interview@BlackFilm.com
News for 6/6/2005
Washington Marches on 'King'
LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com)- Kerry Washington has joined the cast of Fox Searchlight's "The Last King of Scotland," a political drama from "Touching the Void" helmer Kevin Macdonald.
Based on the novel by Giles Foden, "Scotland" follows the bloody reign of Ugandan President Idi Amin (Forest Whitaker) as seen through the eyes of his Scottish personal physician (James McAvoy).
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Washington will play one of Amin's wives in the production, which is scheduled to begin principal photography later this month in the United Kingdom and in Uganda. Macdonald's brother Andrew and Allon Reich are producing for DNA, along with representatives from Slate Films, Cowboy Films and Film Four.
Washington, who won an NAACP Image Award for her work in "Ray," has supporting roles in the upcoming summer films "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" and "Fantastic Four." Her other credits include the highly regarded indie drama "Lift" and Spike Lee's "She Hate Me."
News for 1/30/2005
'Ray' Co-Star Practices 'Boston Legal'
LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) Kerry Washington, who earned raves for her performance as Ray Charles' long-suffering wife Della Bea Robinson in the Oscar-nominated "Ray," has signed on for a multi-episode arc on ABC's "Boston Legal."
Washington will make her first appearance on "Boston Legal" during the February sweeps period. The actress will play Chelina Hall, a new associate at the show's central law firm of Crane, Poole & Schmidt. Washington arrives in the Sunday, Feb. 20 episode titled "Tortured Souls."
In addition to appearing in the original pilot for FOX's "Wonderfalls," Washington's credits include "Save the Last Dance" and "She Hate Me." The 27-year-old actress is slated to appear in two of the summer's biggest aspiring blockbusters, "Fantastic Four" and "Mr. and Mrs. Smith."
Washington recently picked up an NAACP Image Award nomination as outstanding actress in a motion picture for "Ray" and she's up for a Screen Actors Guild trophy with that film's ensemble.
News for 12/5/2004
The following article appeared in the October 2004 issue of Movieline's Hollywood Life Magazine
News for 11/7/2004
The following article appeared in the November 2004 issue of W Magazine
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News for 10/25/2004
A NIGHT OUT WITH
Kerry Washington: Politics and Shabu Shabu
By LAUREN COLLINS
It is so marvelous to have a daughter that you love, that is so beautiful, that is so committed to the world. I love you baby." Earl Washington was pouring Champagne and toasting his daughter, the actress Kerry Washington, in the back of a white limousine.
"What are you going to say when I get married?" responded Ms. Washington, who was surrounded by enough congratulatory bouquets to have made a bride envious.
Though she is not even engaged, it was, in fact, spousal duty of a sort that brought Ms. Washington to New York. She was here promoting "Ray," the Ray Charles biopic, in which she plays his devoted wife Della Bea, a gospel singer. (The film opens here on Friday.)
Ms. Washington, 27, splits her time between Los Angeles and the brownstone in Harlem she recently bought with her boyfriend, David Moscow, an actor. But with her movie commitments — next year she will appear in "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie — she is not in New York City often enough.
The time she does have in her hometown — she grew up in the Bronx and went to Spence — she crams with weeks' worth of partying and visiting.
One such evening, a recent Saturday, began with a stop to perform in "The Democracy Project" with the Naked Angels theater troupe. Instead of Della Bea's ladylike shifts and pillbox hats, Ms. Washington wore jeans and a T-shirt, but her trademark wide-eyed expression was visible under her glittery orange shadow.
At the Naked Angels show, the audience included Philip Seymour Hoffman as well as Ms. Washington's sizable contingent — her parents, an aunt, her makeup artist and hairstylist, Mr. Moscow and several friends — who occupied an entire side of the theater. When Ms. Washington took the stage, they nodded their heads and mmm-hmmed like the party faithful at a stump speech.
After the show Ms. Washington rallied her group for a dinner at Minni's Shabu Shabu and Hibachi, a Chinese restaurant in Flushing, Queens, that offers individual hot pots and a make-your-own-dipping- sauce bar.
"It's usually political," Ms. Washington said of the typical Minni's reunion, which she organizes for her New York friends and family several times a year. "Last time we got everyone together it was for the opening of `Fahrenheit 9/11.' "
After an animated discussion about the electoral college, David Alan Basche, an actor who was wearing a black T-shirt with a red slash across President Bush's face, announced, "Our Prius is coming in two weeks."
Ms. Washington exclaimed: "Is it? What color? I didn't even know you guys ordered a Prius."
Mr. Basche's girlfriend, Alysia Reiner, who is also an actor, said, "We were your first Prius converts."
Ms. Washington said, "That is so marvelous."
When it came to dinner, Ms. Washington was all for herself. The server delivered platters heaped with taro root, pickles, needle mushrooms, greens, tomatoes, brown fish balls, white fish balls, a single egg.
"This one's mine!" Ms. Washington exclaimed, marking her territory by sticking her tongue out and licking a leaf of cabbage.
Beers and frothy mango shakes came while she gave an enthusiastic tutorial — "Shabu shabu means swish, swish" — on how to handle the raw meat (not with the eating end of the chopsticks) and cook it in the pots.
Plunging an orb of pork into the bubbling water, she explained that Mr. Moscow had introduced her to shabu shabu after learning about it from an ex-girlfriend who was Chinese.
It wasn't until after they broke up, Mr. Moscow recalled, that he learned that "gwailo," which the girlfriend's mother had often called him, means, loosely translated, "white devil."
Then, predictably, came the political jokes.
"Bush is a very unifying force," Mr. Moscow observed.
Aunt Daphne said, "Dick Cheney is a true devil."
Ms. Washington shouted, "Cheney is a gwailo!"
News for 10/5/2004
The following information comes from Latino Review.com
KERRY WASHINGTON TALKS FANTASTIC FOUR
While attending the Ray junket in New York, Kellvin has just learned that Kerry Washington will be playing Alicia Masters, Ben Grimm’s blind love interest. Although in the comics, she is blonde and the daughter or a very famous villain, fans shouldn't have a problem with this casting. Personally, she is a sentimental favorite of mine and not too many seemed to mind the Kingpin casting in Daredevil.
Kerry Washington has appeared in She Hate Me and will be appearing as Della Bea Robinson in the upcoming Ray. She has also been listed in the Fantastic Four casting page in IMDB as an unnamed character.
Question: Who do you play in Fantastic Four?
Kerry: I play Alicia, and for those of you who are not fans, she is the blind girl that is in love with The Thing. Which is really exciting for me, because it's not a character that's black. In the comic book, historically, she has always been blonde haired and blue eyed. And the studio was really willing to go with us on this one. I'm really excited to be doing it. And I signed for sequels and all of that, so it's pretty exciting.
News for 9/30/2004
The following article appears in the Fall 2004 issue of Suede Magazine
News for 9/25/2004
Kerry Washington lands role in Fantastic Four
According to the website Comic Book Resources, Kerry has landed the role of blind sculptress Alicia Masters in the 2005 summer film "Fantastic Four." "Fantastic Four" is directed by Tim Story, who also directed "Barbershop" and Queen Latifah's upcoming movie "Taxi."
News for 8/11/2004
The following article appeared in the August 2, 2004 issue of People Magazine
News for 7/26/2004
The following interview appeared in the July 25, 2004 issue of Parade Magazine
News for 6/21/2004
The following article appeared in the July 2004 issue of Essence Magazine
News for 1/3/2004
The following article appeared in the September 2003 issue of Savoy Magazine
News for 7/29/2003
Anne Heche, Dule Hill Get 'Sexual'
By Chris Gardner
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Anne Heche, Elizabeth Banks, Dule Hill and Kerry Washington are poised for "Sexual Life," an independent feature to be directed by Ken Kwapis.
The four actors, whose deals are being worked out, would join a previously announced cast that includes Tom Everett Scott, Azura Skye, James LeGros and Kevin Corrigan. Shooting is scheduled to begin next month in Los Angeles.
The project follows the various intertwined relationships of a group of adults. Kwapis, who has worked mainly as a television director, and producer Carol Baum developed the project together about 10 years ago. But thanks to financing from Showtime and free time on Kwapis' schedule, the duo are finally able to get the indie film before cameras.
Heche next stars in Fine Line Features' "Birth." Banks is is onscreen in "Seabiscuit" opposite Jeff Bridges and Tobey Maguire for Universal, DreamWorks and Spyglass.
Hill is best known as White House aide Charlie Young on the Emmy-winning NBC political drama "The West Wing." Washington next stars in Miramax Films' "The Human Stain" and Paramount Pictures' "Against the Ropes."
News for 7/12/2003
Barkin to 'Strip' for HBO
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Emmy winner Ellen Barkin, Tony winner Patti LuPone, Rashida Jones, Kerry Washington and Robert Clohessy have joined the cast of the Sidney Lumet-directed HBO movie "Strip Search."
The project, which also stars Glenn Close, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Oliver Platt, follows several intertwined stories, each exploring crime and punishment in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Barkin won an Emmy for her role in the telefilm "Before Women Had Wings." She will next film the feature "Palindromes" opposite Chris Penn. LuPone and Clohessy recently co-starred on HBO's drama "Oz." Jones spent two years on Fox's "Boston Public." Washington will next be seen in the features "Against the Ropes" and "The Human Stain."