Kerry Washington Talks Motherhood and Producing Movies Featuring Moms

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Kerry Washington Opens Up about Balancing Breastfeeding and Hollywood and Producing TV Projects about Multicultural Families and Mothers in Order to Diversify the Stories Usually put out in Tinsel Town

Kerry Washington is mom to 7-month old son Caleb and 3-year old daughter Isabelle who she manages to keep out of the public eye. Once in a while she discusses them and life with them during an interview.

That was the case recently in an interview for Net-A-Porter‘s fashion magazine The Edit.  In the mag which features Washington in its new “Power Women” issue, the Scandal star talked balancing motherhood with being a working actress.

“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, who is married to ex-NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha, said her boss, Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes is among her mom role models.

“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.”

With buzz of Scandal finishing off its last and final season, Washington has been busy with her Simpson Street Production company, named for the Bronx street where her mom grew up.

Her company wrapped “Confirmation”, the Anita Hill story on which Washington starred and played the embattled attorney who almost took down Clarence Thomas during his US Supreme Court confirmation hearing over allegations he sexually harassed her.

And now they have three projects in the can: a TV show about a multicultural family and two movies for the big screen about mothers. Nice!

“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.”

Love it!

photo: courtesy The Edit

Kerry Washington is Not Down with the ‘Pump and Dump’ Practice

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Scandal star Kerry Washington isn’t into the whole “pump and dump” thing, the practice of pumping out contaminated breast milk after a breastfeeing mom indulges in alcoholic, spicy, gassy or other food and drink that could filter to baby.

Instead, she has just been staying away from it all.


“I haven’t been drinking a lot of wine because I’ve been with child and nursing,” Washington told attendees at the Scandal cast’s panel during the Disney-ABC portion of the 2017 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at Langham Hotel on January 10 in Pasadena, California. “I’m not really into the pump and dump.”

During the Golden Globe Awards this past Sunday, the Confirmation star shared that her 2-year old daughter Isabelle Amarachi has been a very good big sister to her brand new 3-month old baby brother Caleb Kelechi.

“She’s enjoying it,” the Emmy and Golden Globe nominee told ExtraTV.

“It’s good. I’m an only child, but my husband [former NFL cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha] has many siblings, so he can walk her through it,” she added.

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Kerry Washington Welcomes Son, Caleb Kelechi

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Congratulations to Kerry Washington on the birth of her second child, a son that she and husband Nnamdi Asomugha have named Caleb Kelechi Asomugha, on Oct. 5.

The Scandal star confirmed her pregnancy in May on the red carpet of the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington, D.C.


The couple have raised their daughter Isabelle out of the public eye as well. In fact, she never even announced the birth of Isabelle either so it is of no surprise that it’s been over two weeks since she gave birth and news reports are only coming out now.

Congrats!

Kerry Washington Wows at 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards

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Wasn’t Scandal star Kerry Washington just simply fierce on the red carpet to tonight’s 2016 PrimeTime Emmy Awards presentation?

Expecting her second child with husband, ex-NFLer Nnamdi Asomugha, Washington wowed in a gorge Brandon Maxwell dress with side cutouts. Who says you can’t do avante garde, sexy and chic while pregnant?


She accented the look she sported at the event that took place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California tonight with jewels by Fred Leighton and a pair of Gianvito Rossi heels .

She was nominated for an Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Emmy for her role as Anita Hill in HBO‘s movie Confirmation. In addition, the film is nominated for Outstanding Television Movie.

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We were also loving the big full curls which looked like crochet braids with loose ringlets on top. Her make up was flawless and natural. Perfect! Bravo!

Kerry Washington Cusps Pregnant Belly at Met Gala

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Congrats to Kerry Washington and her husband Nnamdi Asomugha on expecting their second child, according to E! and Us Weekly.

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This weekend, when I posted the red carpet from the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, I added a couple of lines referencing the fact that her face looked full and she looked pregnant especially wearing that A-Line dress.

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I guess I wasn’t the only one brimming with suspicions.  This will be her second child with her ex-NFL player husband. They welcomed a daughter, Isabelle,

Isabelle Amarachi Asomugha on April 21, 2014.

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Now that the secret is out, she can cusp her pregnant belly on the red carpet of tonight’s Met Gala. She is wearing Marc Jacobs.

Bellyitch Bumpwatch Alums Married to Professional Athletes

talls and smallsKristin Cavallari‘s second pregnancy with her husband Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler reminded us that many of our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums are married and/or partners with professional athletes.

Like Cavallari, who is a shoe designer and TV host, Gisele Bundchen is also married to an NFL quarterback, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

quarterbacksIt’s always interesting to note the height difference with some pairs, like: Adrienne Bosh and her husband Miami Heat NBA player Chris Bosh, Nashville actress Hayden Panattiere  and her fiance Heavyweight boxing champ Wladimir Klitschko, and Savannah Brinson and Cleveland Cavaliers NBA player LeBron “King” James (in article header).


kerry and kimScandal‘s Kerry Washington keeps her relationship and marriage to hunky former NFL cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha secret but when spotted out, they both look adorbs together, as do Kim Zolciack-Biermann  and her husband Troy Biermann of the Atlanta Falcons. Though, the very gorgeous Biermanns are very public as can be seen up and down Kim’s Instagram page.

Soccer wives3And the “other” footballers (soccer) from across the ocean include Caroline Berg Eriksen and her husband Norwegian Premier League football player Lars-Kristian Eriksen, and the very fashionable and chic A-List couple Victoria Beckham and her retired football star spouse David Beckham. 

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Representing the Hockey League are Hilary Duff  and her Canadian professional hockey player estranged hubby Mike Comerie  (whom she is currently divorcing from) and Carrie Underwood with her NHL Nashville Predators hubby  Mike Fisher.

shannon and evelyn Finally, Monica Brown  and her ex NBA star hubby Shannon Brown have one of the most endearing relationships and a wonderful blended family. Same with Evelyn Lozada and her hubby LA Dodgers Major League  baseball star hubby Carl Crawford.

Beautiful people all around!

Kerry Washington opens up on Motherhood and parenting a Girl


Kerry Washington is a private person but during recent interviews she has opened up quite a bit about being a parent. 
In a new Marie Claire interview which was with HBO‘s Girls star and creator Lena Dunham, for example, Washington reveals what she wants for her  daughter Isabella who she welcomed almost a year ago. 
“I just want [Isabelle] to know that she’s heard. Really heard, because I feel like that is what we all really want. When I think about any of the missteps in my life that I’ve made, all of which I’m grateful for, it’s because I just so wanted to be truly seen and heard for who I am and was afraid I wasn’t or wouldn’t be. I see you, I hear you, I’m with you as you are.”
Also a recent book launch luncheon on international women’s day, Scandal star Kerry Washington revealed a bit about her feelings about motherhood.
“It’s just made my life better in every way,” the Emmy -nominated actress told PEOPLE at Sunday’s book release event for Expecting 411.”
She and husband NFL‘s Nnamdi Asomugha plan to celebrate her first birthday on April 21.
Washington also had great things to say about the book: “This book was by my bedside the whole time I was pregnant,” Washington shared. “It’s as if your very best girlfriend was a brilliant OB and wrote a book for you.”
Last fall, Washington also shared that she has been breastfeeding her daughter and hopes to pass along a healthy lifestyle to her. 
“I’ve always been a person who really approaches health in a proactive way,” the Image Award winning actress stated. “I work out, I eat right, so those are things I continued to do once my doctor said I could, but not to be crazy about it. I’m breastfeeding, so I can’t starve myself. It’s important for me to be a good mom and a good actor, and be responsible to myself and my family.”

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Kristen Bell, Kerry Washington meet up at Hollywood Foreign Press event

Current Bellyitch Bumpwatch mama Kristen Bell and recent alum Kerry Washington met up this week at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association‘s Grants Banquet, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California.
Washington was in a strapless paisley patterned silk Mary Katrantzou resort 2015 dress and blue pumps.
Bell, who is expecting her second child with her actor husband Dax Shepard, looked radiant in a bump-hugging midnight blue Andre GN sequinned dress with Rupert Sanderson heels and Antonini jewels. The Veronica Mars actress is mom to 15-month old Lincoln.
Washington looked to be down to her pre-baby size already after giving birth to her first child, a daughter, with hubby NFL‘s Nnamdi Asomugha in April. 
Of the encounter, Bell tweeted compliments to Kerry:
Bell told US Weekly that for this pregnancy, she has learned to reign in the cravings by avoiding refined sugars.
“I mean, I still crave food in general but I’m not like waking up with a starve, going, ‘I need dark chocolate!'”
She also shared that this pregnancy is precisely like her previous one only this round, she is chasing a toddler at the same time. 
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Kerry Washington & 11 Other Celebs who never announced their baby news to press

So the news today is that Scandal star gave birth to her and husband Nnamdi Asomugha  first child together, daughter, Isabelle Amarachi Asomugha TWO WEEKS AGO on April 21. 
Congrats!
Figures though, right? She never told anyone she was engaged, never publicly acknowledged she was married before getting hitched  and so this makes sense to conceal this news about the birth at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, that TMZ uncovered today.  
She would not be the first to attempt to just keep it all hush hush. 
Actress Neve Campbell never announced when she birthed her first child with hubby JJ Feild  in August 2012 until paparazzi captured the family at a park and the baby looked to be about a month old!
Later that year, Megan Fox waited almost a month to announce in October that she had given birth in mid September.
But singer Dido takes the cake! The British crooner welcomed her first child in the summer of 2011 but didn’t mention a baby until 6 months later in a tweet in December that year! We hypothesized that maybe it was our query that perhaps prompted the UK Daily Mail to inquire. 
And of male stars, actor Michael Ealy randomly mentioned during an interview on the Steve Harvey show this February that he and his wife of two years had a kid. And the kid is like a few years old. 
Same deal with singer Pharell and his wife, Helen. We only recently started seeing pics of his son Rocket Man who is now 5 years old.
Not just births either.
Jennifer Hudson never revealed she was pregnant ever. A wayward cameraman accidentally discovered it when she was about 8 months along. 
Same deal with actress Evageline Lily. She too was hiding away in Hawaii to avoid the prodding press when she got busted in her 7 or 8th month trying to avoid the “bumpwatch!” 
Adele, Megan Fox, Drew Barrymore and January Jones all never confirmed their pregnancies either until their news leaked when they were well into their pregnancies.

And Now you know it’s not that unheard of that some celebs actually value privacy in these matters. Ha!
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Speculation: Kerry Washington is due any day now


Kerry Washington is probably term and set to deliver her baby any day now, according to speculators.
The third season of her hit show Scandal just wrapped and was shortened from 22 to 18 weeks to accommodate the star. It makes sense then that her due date, not previously announced, is upon us. 
And then she missed the season wrap party.  
“Super sad to have missed the #ScandalWrapParty a night out with my #Scandal fam but very grateful to be getting some much needed rest! Xo,” Washington tweeted on Twitter this Sunday, March 31.
And…
Actor Malik Yoba, rapper MC Lyte, horee Veranda Dickens pose with Common and Asomugha
As the sleuths at the website CocoaFab.com reported, Washington also missed an event where her husband Nnamdi Asomugha got honored for his philanthropic efforts by rapper Common‘s organization, The Common Ground Foundation‘s Gala of Gratitude at the Millenium Park hotel in Chicago, Illinois.
 (Side note: It could have been an awkward moment too considering Washington and Common were once romantically linked. Anyone ever notice that Common’s video for “I want you” featured three women he reportedly and really dated in the past: Washington, Serena Williams, and Alicia Keya.)
Anyway we can’t wait to hear news about the birth of new baby Asomugha.