She has been photographed by Norman Jean Roy. The”Django Unchained” actress chatted about her role as Olivia Pope on the TV show.
On women looking up to Olivia:
“One of the most profound things for me about the show is the number of white women of all ages who come up to me and say, ‘I want to be Olivia Pope.’ It’s especially profound in a place like South Africa. It’s called ‘The Fixer’ over there, and it just started its second season. The fact that white women can see this woman of color as an inspirational character is revolutionary, I think, in the medium of television. I don’t think white women would feel that way about Olivia if her identity as a woman, period, wasn’t first in their mind.”
On her favorite parts of Olivia:
“What I think is cool about Olivia is that she fully owns being a woman. There’s a very nurturing sense of ‘I’m going to take care of you – don’t worry about it. I’m gonna be your mom in this situation. You come stay in my office, have a cup of tea, and let my gladiators take care of you.’ There’s something very maternal about it. But there’s also something very executive about her, and I mean ‘executive’ in a presidential way.”
Photo Credit: Norman Jean Roy for Vanity Fair!