Kerry Washington Covers EBONY (Photo/Video)

Kerry Washington Covers EBONY March 2013 IssueThe incredibly talented (and beautiful) Kerry Washington graces the March 2013 issue of Ebony and she looks amazing!.

Washington, who stars as crisis manager Olivia Pope in ABC’s Scandal, spoke with EBONY about her controversial role in the series.

“In her professional life, she is so powerful and is this self-made woman,” says Washington. “But in [Olivia’s] personal life, she is a mess and I kind of love that. I love that I get to embody all of that complexity because I also think it takes a certain level of progress for us to have a Black Woman that powerful be an emotional mess on television.”

The actress also admitted that she would have passed on the role if the White, philandering President had been cast as black.

“I was a little concerned because [the character has] a scandalous relationship with the [occupant of the] White House,” Kerry told EBONY. “I thought, ‘If the president on the show is Black, I will not do the show.’ Because to me, it was too important a moment. I didn’t want to do anything that compromised my relationship with the [president] or that made it seem like I had an insider view on the Obama presidency…I thought that would be so disrespectful and so against all the work that I had done.”

“Scandal” airs Thursdays at 10/9c on ABC. Check out behind the scenes footage of the cover shoot below.

(Photo credit: Sheryl Nields/Ebony)