Kerry Washington Talks Breastfeeding and Work-Life Balance: “I Can Be Covered in Spit-Up on a Conference Call”

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Kerry Washington Talks Breastfeeding and Work-Life Balance: “I Can Be Covered in Spit-Up on a Conference Call”

Like many working moms, Kerry Washington had to learn to multitask.

She recently spoke about her life and career with Net-A-Porter‘s fashion magazine The Edit, which features her on the cover of its new “Power Women” issue. The outlet said the Scandal star and husband Nnamdi Asomugha‘s 7-month-old son Caleb was “cradled at her breast for a midday meal” during the interview.

“I can be covered in spit-up on a conference call while I’m pumping and that’s OK, because this is my perfect,” Washington told The Edit in comments posted online Thursday, “It may not be somebody else’s, but this is mine.”

Washington and her husband are also parents to 3-year-old daughter Isabelle.

Kerry Washington

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And when it comes to being a working mom, Kerry Washington‘s biggest role models can be found at, well, work. During her interview with The Edit, she praised her boss, Scancal showrunner Shonda Rhimes.

“Shonda’s got I-don’t-know-how-many shows now, plus three kids, and she just figures it out,” Washington said. “However busy I feel, Shonda feels busier, so I’m just going to rise to the occasion. She’s been a real role model. Seeing the community she’s created and the work ethic—I feel like there should be more of this in the world.”

It was recently reported Scandal will end after its seventh season next year. ABC has not commented.

Washington is also keeping busy with her production company, Simpson Street, named after the street in The Bronx borough of New York City where her mother grew up. Its first completed project was the HBO movie Confirmation, in which Washington plays law professor Anita Hill, who made headlines in 1991 when she accused a Supreme Court nominee, her former colleague, of sexual harassment.

Washington’s production company currently has three projects in development—a TV movie about a multicultural family and two big-screen dramas about mothers.

“We’re looking to do diverse work that brings more and more people to the table—anyone whose voice is underrepresented,” the actress told The Edit. “We’re trying to carve out a space for them at the table of empowered storytelling.”

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Published at Thu, 11 May 2017 21:33:00 +0000

Sorry, American Idol: Kelly Clarkson Joins The Voice Season 14 as Coach Instead

The Voice is quickly rounding up all your American Idol faves.

On the heels of the announcement that Jennifer Hudson would be joining the NBC reality juggernaut’s coaching panel for this fall’s season 13, E! News has confirmed that the original Idol winner herself Kelly Clarkson has signed on for a spin in those iconic red chairs for season 14. The move is especially surprising considering Clarkson’s name has been in the mix as a rumored judge for ABC’s upcoming revival of American Idol, due to premiere right around the same time.

Clarkson joined mainstay judge Blake Shelton on his Facebook page for a live announcement, breaking the news to their fans. They’ll be joined in season 14 by fellow longtime coach Adam Levine. The fourth coach will be announced at a later date.

“I’m so excited to join The Voice at NBC,” Clarkson said in a statement. “We’ve gone back and forth about a role as a coach for years, but the timing hasn’t been right until now. I have always loved appearing on the show as an adviser or performer and established an amazing relationship with the network during my Christmas special. I can’t wait to turn my chair and see the faces of up-and-coming artists and provide them with the help and support they’ve needed to break into the industry. Watch out Shelton, I’m comin’ to win!!”

“Kelly has been a part of The Voice family for many years as an adviser and performer. We are thrilled she has chosen to join us as a coach to mentor the next generation through our unique vocal boot camp,” said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. “Every time Kelly Clarkson sings you are reminded what an incredible voice really is. We are looking forward to the sound of Kelly Clarkson on The Voice.”

Are you surprised Clarkson chose The Voice over American Idol? Sound off in the comments below!

The Voice season 12 continues on Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC.

(E! and NBC are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)

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Published at Thu, 11 May 2017 21:30:00 +0000