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Kerry Washington Praises Scandal's Cast Diversity

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09/21/2013 8:16 pm
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Kerry Washington Praises Scandal's Cast Diversity

Chelsea Workman-Jernigan

Staff Writer

Scandal's cast is what Kerry Washington describes as "the full spectrum of humanity," in reference to its diverse cast. Access Hollywood caught up with the star at Tuesday's Emmy Diversity Celebration where she told them, “What’s important to me is that the show represents diversity on so many levels. When you look at the cast on our show, you see diversity with regard to ethnicity, with regard to gender, sexual orientation, with regard to age, with regard to race – and that, to me, is what’s most important. That a show that represents the full spectrum of humanity, or that attempts to get close to representing the full spectrum of humanity, that that show could be so celebrated? That’s what I’m most proud of." Kerry explained that while Olivia's heritage is an important part of her, there's more to her than just her heritage. “I love that Olivia’s race is an important aspect of who she is, but it’s not the only defining aspect of who she is,” she said. Dan Bucantinsky, who portrays journalist James Novak, recently won the award for Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series. Until that point Scandal had never received any Emmy wins. On his win, “It was a magical night. I had to pinch myself and I still am. I look at the statue and I wonder whose is that. It really is something I feel like I can share with the rest of the cast.” He is rooting for Kerry to win in her category tomorrow night. "It feels like we all can celebrate something that is about the groundswell of support about the show and I’m hoping that it’s a historical night for Kerry [Washington] as well on Sunday." Kerry is up for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama series in tomorrow night's 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. She will be the first African-American woman to receive this award if she wins. The third season of Scandal premieres on ABC October 3.


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