As you may know, Kerry Washington spoke to the students at George Washington University Sunday morning. She talks about her college years in the 1990s, the importance of financial aid and why students should follow their dreams. The “Scandal” star graduated from George Washington University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts and was named an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts at yesterday’s commencement ceremony. More than 25,000 people attended the commencement, which took place on the National Mall. Below you can view 40MQ pictures of Kerry attended GWU Commencement.
In celebration of the Season 2 finale of Scandal, Kerry Washington and the entire cast performed a live table read of the season-ending episode, “White Hat’s Back On” at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood, California. It was the first time the cast had ever read their lines in front of a live audience (who had yet to see the finale airing on TV later that same night), and Olivia Pope & Associates made the most out of it, running the gamut from delivering intense line readings to breaking the fourth wall to ham it up with the audience.
Executive Producer/Creator Shonda Rhimes and the cast also revealed some behind-the-scenes shockers. Here are a few highlights.
Shonda Initially Didn’t Want to Create Scandal
When Executive Producer Betsy Beers tried to persuade Shonda to make a show based on real-life fixer, Judy Smith (who’s worked with George Bush, Sr., Monica Lewinsky and Michael Vick), Shonda’s first reaction was, “I don’t need another show. I’m good.” When their 15-minute meeting with Judy turned into an engrossing four-hour meeting, Shonda knew this had to be her new show. It took a year of Shonda thinking about the concept before she finally wrote the pilot.
Who Was the Celebrity in the Audience?
Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actress, choreographer, director and producer Debbie Allen (Fame, Dr. Catherine Avery in Grey’s Anatomy), was in the audience and the first to ask a question during the Q&A session.
In the gallery you can view 71MQ photos of Kerry Washington attends Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Presents an Evening with “Scandal” at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre on May 16, 2013 in North Hollywood, California.
E! Online chatted with the juicy ABC hit’s stars at the network’s Upfront party in New York City, where they revealed their reactions after watching the finale together. Click on the image above to watch the video.