Kerry Washington is shocked by the truth about her father. The 46-year-old Scandal star writes in her new book, Thicker Than Water, that she just found out that her father, Earl Washington, is not her actual father. The news sent her on the path she's on now to learn more about herself.
The actress says she found out about the family secret soon after telling her parents she was going to be on Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s Finding Your Roots. This is a PBS show where famous people learn about their ancestors by having their DNA tested.
Kerry Washington wearing a silver and black dress
Kerry Washington says that her feeling of "not quite belonging" in her family, which she has had since she was a child, was caused by the fact that her parents used a sperm donor to make her.
In new talks with The New York Timesand People, related to the release of her upcoming memoir, Thicker Than Water, the actress talked about the news. The book came out on September 26. It was first suggested by Washington's friend and Scandal boss, Shonda Rhimes, years ago. At the time, Washington had a "nagging feeling" that she "didn't quite know myself well enough" to pull it off.
Now, Thicker Than Water goes into detail about her educational and performance journeys, as well as more difficult topics, such as her depression, eating problem, and insomnia, and the shocking news that her father is not her biological parent.
People say that Washington's parents told her about her real father in 2018 after she told them she was going to be on PBS's "Finding Your Roots," a show where famous people use DNA testing to learn about their ancestry.
Taking this deep dive into our family history made me put myself in their shoes and think about the things that they’ve had to navigate and what they’ve been through and what they’ve sacrificed. And it really made me feel closer to themd.- Kerry Washington
She also said that she “started to have so much more love and compassion and understanding for my parents.”
Instead of finding out on TV, her parents told her in private. This was the first time Washington knew that, when they were having trouble getting pregnant, they had turned to an unidentified donor for help.
It was amazing, because I was at once shocked, like completely shocked. At the same time, it felt like some sort of weird confirmation. It was like they took glasses off me and cleaned them and handed them back to me.- Kerry Washington
When my dad told me, I realized every time that I have said, 'I love you,' to my dad, that there has been this little part of his brain, conscious or unconscious, that has had to have said, 'She loves me because she thinks I am her father. So I'm saying I love him, from his perspective, on the condition of a lie.- Kerry Washington
The moment that he told me, I realized that I had the opportunity to, for the first time, love my father unconditionally. That he got to hear me say, 'I love you, even though I know.'- Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington is an American actress known for her work in film, television, and theater. She was born on January 31, 1977, in The Bronx, New York City, USA. Kerry Washington has gained widespread recognition and critical acclaim for her performances in various roles.
One of her most prominent and well-known roles is as Olivia Pope in the television series "Scandal," which aired from 2012 to 2018. Her portrayal of Olivia Pope, a crisis manager and political fixer, earned her critical acclaim and made her one of the first African-American women to lead a network TV drama in over three decades.
Kerry Washington has also appeared in several notable films, including "Django Unchained" (2012), "Ray" (2004), "The Last King of Scotland" (2006), "Confirmation" (2016), and "American Son" (2019). She has received numerous awards and nominations for her acting, including Primetime Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Aside from her acting career, Kerry Washington is an activist and advocate for various social and political causes. She has been involved in promoting issues related to women's rights, racial justice, and LGBTQ+ rights.
Not surprisingly, Washington's many shocking reveals left many viewers speechless, and they shared their emotions on social media. Most people were grateful that she was ready to share these things and thanked her for being so open.
Kerry Washington tells a story about her family. In an interview with People released on Sunday, Washington said she found out in 2018 that her dad, Earl Washington, is not her biological father. The "Scandal" star said this "really turned my world upside down."
The actor and activist now tells this story in her autobiography, "Thicker Than Water." In the book, she talks about how finding out about her real ancestry led her to write the book.