Kerry Washington Reunites With Judy Smith, the Real-Life Olivia Pope, at 'Scandal' Wrap Party
By Jackie Willis
There was a real-life gladiator at Scandal's wrap party!
On Sunday, Kerry Washington shared a selfie with crisis manager Judy Smith, who inspired the 41-year-old actress' character, Olivia Pope, on the ABC drama.
"I took a lot of pictures at last night’s #Scandal wrap party but NOT with my own phone, except for this one, " Washington captioned the grainy photo on Instagram. "It’s so blurry. But I had to post. Couldn’t resist."
Further praising the 59-year-old founder and CEO of the crisis management firm Smith & Company, the TV star added: "Me and the real Olivia Pope. The inspiration for it all. The OG. #JudySmith."
“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.”
"There will be things that Olivia Pope has given me that always stay with me. She's changed me," she expressed, adding that the character "made me believe I can do anything."
"I don't know if I would have had kids at this point in my life if she didn't make me feel like anything is possible," confessed Washington, who has two children, 3-year-old daughter Isabelle and 1-year-old son Caleb, with husband Nnamdi Asomugha. "I feel like she's given me a lot of courage. So, I'll keep that courage."