Kerry Washington Got Fired From Two Pilots For Not Being "Hood" Enough
Kerry Washington may star in one of the hottest primetime dramas on television, but that doesn't mean she's had it easy in the entertainment industry. Before she landed a starring role on the Shonda Rhimes hit, she was actually fired from two shows for not being "hood" enough.
"Before Scandal, I was actually cast in two other pilots. Both went to series, but I was fired and recast," Washington said in an interview with Variety. She and actor/comedian Aziz Ansari sat down recently to talk about their experiences in Hollywood for the latest installment of Variety's interview series, "Actors on Actors."
"For both, it was because they wanted me to sound more 'girlfriend,' more like 'hood,' more 'urban,'" Washington continued, adding that she soon discovered this was a widespread problem within the industry.
"I've had friends of mine say like they're tired of 'gayface' and I was like, 'What's gayface?' They were like, 'It's the gay version of blackface, like come in and be more effeminate,'" Washington said.
Watch Kerry and Aziz discuss in the clip below.
It's 2016 - get it together, Hollywood.