Kerry Washington was acting for a long time before she finally landed the starring role in ABC’s Scandal that made her a household name. Now she can pick whatever role she wants, but it wasn’t always that way. Most of her career was spent playing the love interest for a male character. It’ll be interesting to see where she goes from here, but check out the highlights of Kerry Washington’s filmography so far.
10. Bad Company
Playing the love interest of Chris Rock earned Washington well-deserved attention.
9. Little Man
Character: Vanessa Edwards
This forgotten movie was highly entertaining for its time.
8. She Hate Me
Character: Fatima Goodrich
Leading the way in a Spike Lee joint.
Character: Anita Hill
Washington’s critically acclaimed role as a major character in a real-life court room drama involving the U.S. Supreme Court.
6. Fantastic Four Franchise
Character: Alicia Masters
Fox’s first crack at Marvel’s oldest superhero team was panned by critics and audiences, but it still retains some charm.
Character: Della Bea Robinson
Washington plays Ray’s wife very well in this real-life biopic about one of the most important musicians in the business. Jamie Foxx is the title character.
4. The Last King of Scotland
Character: Kay Amin
The wife of Idi Amin sees a lot during his reign at the top. She’s great with Forest Whitaker.
3. Save the Last Dance
This dance movie with Julia Stiles and Taye Diggs is an underrated classic coming-of-age film. Washington shines in her role.
2. Django Unchained
Character: Broomhilda von Shaft
The slave trade and post-Civil War society is explored like never before on screen by Quentin Tarantino. Washington joins an all-star cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx once again.
Character: Olivia Pope
Washington D.C.’s fixer once dated the President and has connections all over the country. This show is highly watchable, even though it seems to jump the shark on a weekly basis.