By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Kerry Washington’s career has really taken off thanks to the success of ABC’s drama “Scandal,” but her success hasn’t stopped her from understanding her privilege.
The actress is fully aware her life could have turned out completely differently and that’s why she thinks it’s important to keep that in perspective.
In her recent speech at the Baby2Baby gala in Culver City (Kerry was the honoree), she brushed up on remaining humble and not being disconnected from the less unfortunate.
In her speech, Washington shared her experience going to her obstetrician in Beverly Hills, whose husband worked with less privileged women. “I would ask about these other women because I would try to put myself in their shoes and make sense of their life versus my life,” Washington said. “Try to make sense of this little girl from the Bronx who suddenly was walking into a doctor’s office in Beverly Hills — try to make sense of the fact that I come from a neighborhood where really by now I should have five kids and no degree and maybe be on unemployment.” The actress said the experience forced her to reconcile her own privilege. She stopped thinking about less fortunate families as “other” and urged everyone at the gala to close the gap in their minds as well.
Although Kerry likes to stay mum about her husband Nnamdi Asomugha, she took time to give him props in her speech.
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