Emmy-nominated actress Kerry Washington recently said that President Obama is doing a great job during the first government shutdown in 17 years, but she also added that something like this would never happen on her hit ABC show, “Scandal,” E! News reported Thursday.
Washington spoke about her “Ms. Fix-it” character and the president’s chief of staff role, which is played by Jeff Perry: "I don't know what Olivia would do, but I think in Olivia's world Cyrus would have handled it way before she would have to get involved.”
After the House and the Senate were unable to come to an agreement on the Affordable Healthcare Act and the federal budget, the government shut down. But just because Washington doesn’t think something would happen in the fictitious “Scandal” world doesn’t mean she believes the president of the United States is not doing his job.
"I think our president is doing an extraordinary job and I think its really unfortunate that so many people are without work right now at a time where a lot of people can't afford it," Washington told E! News, "and I wish that Congress can be more cooperative."
Washington had the opportunity to become the first African-American to win an award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a drama series at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, yet she lost to “Homeland” star Claire Danes, who has now won the honor two times consecutively.
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Washington said she was honored just to be nominated and took to Twitter to share her excitement over the summer: "WOW! Im so grateful &humbled…I'll spend the rest of my life saying this and it won't ever be enough but... THANK YOU @shondarhimes XOXOXOX”
"Scandal" airs every Thursday on ABC at 10/9c.