Kerry Washington has become most known for her role as crisis management expert, Olivia Pope, on ABC’s Scandal. Her versatility has been showcased in roles such her portrayal of Anita Hill in HBO’s Confirmation, Alicia Masters in the Fantastic Four films, and Broomhilda von Schaft in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. Now, she’s taking on the role of Natalie Certain in Disney/Pixar’s latest production Cars 3.
Screen Rant got a chance to chat with Kerry on press day, where we discussed what are her favorite Disney characters, how she feels about this year’s array of powerful women character roles, and whether or not she’d be interested in doing another superhero film.
First of all, congratulations on the film. It was fun.
Kerry Washington: Isn’t it so fun? I’m so honored to be a part of this movie.
Yeah. I was going to ask you, going through childhood, I think everybody at some point wants to voice a Disney character.
Kerry Washington: Why not right?
Right. So growing up, what were your favorite Disney characters?
Kerry Washington: I mean, I feel like it’s such a range because I grew up with a lot of the classics. But I also love the current ones. I feel like the Little Mermaid is like my all time favorite, but I also love Inside Out. But even going back to the old, I mean, I love a good Cinderella. Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo. Like, I am in. No matter where you go across the range!
Just all the Disney films.
Kerry Washington: Disney. Disney/Pixar. I’m a fan. And I’ve been a fan of this franchise from the very beginning.
I just saw all three movies and this one is amazing.
Kerry Washington: This is the best one, right?
It’s like it hit every emotional spectrum…
Kerry Washington: Right?!
And I was like I’m watching a movie about cars.
Kerry Washington: I know. I think I’m out of a job soon because you no longer need human beings to tell a story that move people’s hearts. I’m out of a job very soon.
How do you feel about seeing your character sometime in California Adventure?
Kerry Washington: Oh gosh! That’s crazy. I hadn’t even thought about that. I mean, I just got the little toy car yesterday and I was like, “I’m so cute!” But I meant the car, not me. I’m not conceited. It’s thrilling. It’s thrilling.
You know what, this has been a year for powerful woman leading the charge onscreen. I love that Cruz sort of leads this like Wonder Woman and Moana. How do you feel about that?
Kerry Washington: Yeah. I think that it is amazing. But I also think that one of the important messages of this film is that it’s not, similar to Moana, it’s not about a girl beating a boy. It’s not about girls against boys or young against old or Latina against known champion. A newcomer against old timer. It’s really about coming together. It’s about teaming up for victory and I love that. I love that it’s all about unity and togetherness and teamwork and knowing that, if you want to win, you have to make room for people on your team that may not look like you and sound like you or have your experience, but that’s how you win. By being inclusive.
I completely agree and I love how it plays out so naturally on this film. Real quick, what can you tell me about the next season of Scandal?
Kerry Washington: Nothing! I can’t tell you anything because I don’t know. All I can tell you is that it is going to be our last season, so I know that our writers are going to go for broke. You know, we’ve been ground breaking from the beginning and I’m sure we will be until the end. I know that everybody’s excited to go big, and then go home, so people are really, really, really committed to making this season one of our best.
When we heard casting rumors that it was possible you were going to be in Deadpool 2.
Kerry Washington: Yeah…
We flipped out because we loved it. I had a question, so I know you’ve done Fantastic Four in the past and the landscape has changed a little bit, so would you be open to doing another superhero movie, and if so what character would you love to do?
Kerry Washington: Oh, man. I would definitely be open to doing another superhero movie. My company is actually working right now on a comic book movie that’s not a superhero movie, but it is a comic book movie. Um, its about a teenage girl. Um, but I… you know, I’m really open. I’m really open. I feel like the landscape is so open in terms of, you know, casting against type when it comes to you know to even gender, race, so, um, I’d love to do it. I’d love to be apart of another franchise like that. I’d love to kind of break new ground and tell a new story that hasn’t been told, so I’d love to do it. I feel like the thing about comics and animated films is because somehow we are suspending our disbelief because to enter into an alternate universe, we’re able to get to the core of our humanity.
Kerry Washington: I don’t know how that is, but when you take humans beings out of the question or kind of push them to the side, so how our themes with being the best versions of humans you can be become more clear, so I’m into it. I love it. I’m a fan.
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