Washington worked until sick

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington worked herself to the point of feeling ill.

The 36-year-old Scandal star says she recently consulted a medical expert because she had put her all into acting and felt shattered from keeping up such a hectic schedule.

The third season of her television show will premiere next month and Kerry was grateful for the break.

“I felt so exhausted,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “I literally called my doctor because I felt like my adrenal glands had depleted, like I had no adrenaline left because I had spent nine months operating at this Scandal intensity.”

The star, who plays lawyer Olivia Pope on the political drama, was recently honored by the Television Academy, becoming the first African-American thespian in 18 years to be considered to win the Lead Actress in a Drama category at this weekend’s Primetime Emmy Awards.

Her co-star Dan Bucatinsky took home the prize for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards last weekend.

Kerry recently shared her thoughts on the mentions.

“While I don’t have a specific answer in terms of why it has taken the TV Academy so long to nominate a black actress, I will say that Scandal prioritizes inclusiveness and diversity,” she told Deadline.

“Not just in terms of race, but if you look at Jeff Perry’s character [Cyrus Beene] and Dan Bucatinsky’s character [James Novak], if you look at the world of the show, it prioritizes race, gender, age and sexual orientation. So the fact that a show like this and these two nominated characters [mine and Dan's] can be celebrated, I’m really proud of that. I’m excited to live in a world where these stories can flourish,” she said.

The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will take place in Los Angeles, California on September 22 at the Nokia Theatre.

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