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Kerry Washington Fronts 'Elle' Magazine

Emmy-nominated actress Kerry Washington looks beautiful in a simply sweatshirt as she graces the April 2016 cover of Elle magazine, where she dishes on taking her power to the next level by starring in and executive producing the HBO film, 'Confirmation'.

In the film, which is slated to debut on April 16th, Washington plays Anita Hill, who famously accused then Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment, and in the issue, she talks about the importance of the event, learning not to compromise, the strength that her 'Scandal' character gave her and looking up to Shonda Rhimes. Read excerpts beneath:

On The Importance of Anita Hill's Actions:
"This moment was so important because it created a language around women being able to protect themselves. The behavior that Anita Hill described was going on in a lot of offices throughout the country, and most people didn't think they were doing anything wrong. But this created awareness around that and around the need for women's voices to be heard in our public spaces, both testifying before Congress and sitting on the committee. It really was such a huge cultural shift."

On Speaking Her Truth Without Compromising:
"I'm a person who's always been politically active and passionate about people's rights. I marched against the [2004] Republican Convention. And as my career has expanded, it's been important for me to not stifle that voice. Because you want to be popular, you want people to hire you, and I have to make sure I don't do it less because I'm an actor."

On Olivia Pope Preparing Her For Motherhood:
"Even though Olivia Pope has obviously made the decision that she is not a mom," Washington says, in reference to the 2015 midseason finale, in which—spoiler—Pope gets an abortion, "playing her made me feel like I could be a mom. Because she knows there's always another way—there's always a way to fix it, there's always a way to solve it, to win. And I feel like playing her made me feel like, All right, I can do it. I will figure out how to juggle it all."

On Looking Up To Her Boss, Shonda Rhimes:
"She's been such an amazing resource, as a mom, and as a working mom...I am on one show and I have one kid, and she has three shows and three kids." Right now, she says, departing from her no-family-talk rule, her husband is at home listening to the audio version of Rhimes's book, the first-person self-help journey Year of Yes. "We bought it for a bunch of people for Christmas because I feel like it's a little bit of required reading."

The April issue of Elle will be available on newsstands nationwide on Tuesday, March 22nd.

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