Kerry Washington Wears Safety Pin in 'Solidarity,' Steps Out With Husband for SAG Awards
By Sophie Schillaci
On a night filled with political commentary, Kerry Washington made a silent statement that spoke volumes.
The Confirmation actress wore a safety pin on the sleeve of her Roberto Cavalli gown at the 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday in response to President Donald J. Trump's immigration ban.
"I'll be wearing one of these tonight. On my arm. To show solidarity," Washington wrote on Instagram, sharing a photo of the pin placed in the palm of her hand. "We will not stop fighting for our safety and the safety of our fellow citizens and human beings." The 39-year-old star concluded her post with the hashtag "#NoBanNoWall."
Washington was nominated for her role as Anita Hill in the HBO drama, though the award in her category ultimately went to Sarah Paulson for her work as Marcia Clark in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.
At the start of the telecast, Washington was featured in the "I am an actor" segment and used the opportunity to discuss political activism.
"A lot of people are saying right now that actors should keep our mouths shut when it comes to politics," she said. "But the truth is, no matter what, actors are activists because we embody the humanity and worth of all people. This union helps me to do that. I am Kerry Washington, and I am an actor."
On the red carpet, Washington made a rare showing of sweet PDA with her husband, Nnamdi Asomugha, holding his hands as they made their way into the Shrine Auditorium for the ceremony.
Together, the couple are parents to two young children -- a daughter, Isabelle, born in April 2014, and a son, Caleb, born in October 2016.