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Reel life: Kerry Washington used her own practical experiences for her newest role. Here she is seen in Hollywood on Sunday

Kerry Washington talks of playing career-conscious Olivia on Scandal to a mother with a missing child in American Son: & # 39; It's a privilege & # 39;

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Kerry Washington used her own lifelike experiences for her newest role.

The 42-year-old actress – who has children Isabelle, five and Caleb, three, with her husband Nnamdi Asomugha – has revealed how she can relate to her own character in the new Netflix drama American Son.

The story is about an alienated couple who reunite to find their missing son.

Reel life: Kerry Washington used her own practical experiences for her newest role. Here she is seen in Hollywood on Sunday

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Reel life: Kerry Washington used her own practical experiences for her newest role. Here she is seen in Hollywood on Sunday

New role: the 42-year-old actress - who has children Isabelle, five and Caleb, three, with her husband Nnamdi Asomugha - has revealed how she can relate to her own character in the new Netflix drama American Son

New role: the 42-year-old actress - who has children Isabelle, five and Caleb, three, with her husband Nnamdi Asomugha - has revealed how she can relate to her own character in the new Netflix drama American Son

New role: the 42-year-old actress – who has children Isabelle, five and Caleb, three, with her husband Nnamdi Asomugha – has revealed how she can relate to her own character in the new Netflix drama American Son

& # 39; After having played Olivia Pope for seven seasons, I had this alternative reality in my real life to become a mother and I had no idea of ​​the feelings about becoming a mother while I played Olivia – because she chose it, one pointed that is a choice that I fully respect, "said Kerry Entertainment tonight.

She previously played Olivia Pope, a crisis management expert, in the drama series Scandal.

& # 39; But it's a privilege for me right now in my career to be able to discover how vulnerable parenting you are & she added.

Celebration: here she is seen with Tyler Perry getting a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame

Celebration: here she is seen with Tyler Perry getting a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Celebration: here she is seen with Tyler Perry getting a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame

Meanwhile, Kerry previously revealed that she feels the need to reach people and spread a positive message.

& # 39; My deepest desire is to create a world where there is room for all of us, wherever you are, you become & # 39; wake up in the morning and know that you are worth it and worth it. If that's the world I want to live in, I have to do the work to make that happen to me & # 39 ;, she said.

& # 39; I have to do the work of self-love and affirmation and say: & # 39; I am a woman, I am a person of color, I am the granddaughter of immigrants, I am also the descendant of slaves, I am a mother, I am an entrepreneur, I am an artist and I am cheerful. & # 39; And maybe when you see my joy you can finish your sentence with: & # 39; And I'm happy & # 39 ;.

With a friend: she can be seen here at the wrap party for Little Fires Everywhere with co-star Reese Witherspoon

With a friend: she can be seen here at the wrap party for Little Fires Everywhere with co-star Reese Witherspoon

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With a friend: she can be seen here at the wrap party for Little Fires Everywhere with co-star Reese Witherspoon

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