Washington says that she’s so linked to Olivia in some people’s minds that people regularly come to her with their own problems.
“It happens All. The. Time,” she quipped. “I mean, part of it is because they know I can connect them to Judy Smith, [the crisis manager] who the role is based on. But people call me to say, ‘I have this problem. Can I talk to you about it?’ And I’m like, ‘I don’t even want to know! Just skip over me!’ But I know secrets.”
So how does the real Washington stay grounded? By putting aside the image of Olivia’s perfection once she leaves set.