If fires were projects. The Scandal and Little Fires Everywhere star Kerry Washington has been busy working on multiple acting projects while also wrapping up two podcast series and hosting Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Washington is starring in the Eva Longoria directed film 24-7, in the action film Shadow Force alongside Sterling K. Brown and Omar Sy, in the TV comedy series Unprisoned with Delroy Lindo (Da 5 Bloods, The Harder They Fall, Malcolm X, The Core) and in the Netflix film The School for Good and Evil with Charlize Theron and Michelle Yeoh set for release on October 21. We’ll likely hear much more about the film and TV projects soon enough but the podcast series are a bit different.
Washington has a new Audible podcast coming out next week called The Prophecy starring Laurence Fishburne, David Oyelowo, and other notable personalities. It’s a fictional series that award-winning author and former New York Times music critic C.J. Farley is the co-producer of.
The show poses the question, “What if the stories you’ve heard from the bible weren’t from the past but were actually happening right now?” — The concept alone deserves a Law and Order dramatic two-note minor chord twang on the piano — da dang!
Washington was beaming with happiness from behind the Jimmy Kimmel Live! host‘s desk. She posted a photo of herself on social media posing in front of the show’s sign looking elegant in a short, black, wrap dress. The dress was all business up top and cocktail party below the waist. She thanked the entire cast for their brilliance.
The actress talked about the second season of her podcast Street You Grew Up On, which premiered on Monday on YouTube. The show is about the influence that the street that people lived on when they were young has on their lives. It seems like a great excuse for Washington to talk to all her favourite people.
You can look forward to hearing about musician Camilla Cabello, who said that from the time she was born until the age of seven she went back and forth to Cuba and Mexico. The street that she has the most “scent memory, visual memory” of was Calle Ochenta y Sies (Calle 86). In the clip Washington posted on Twitter, Cabello was dressed in yellow from her ears to her feet and had feathers on her sleeves. It’s possible she was trying to invoke memories of Big Bird on Sesame Street, a character common to many people’s childhood.
Washington got to find out what street her guests grew up on as well as their sexy alter ego porn names based on that street. The formula is, take the name of your first pet for your first name and the name of the street you grew up on for your last name. Washington’s porn name is Trick & Treat Pugsley. Oreo Hupfield, Thumper Oakland, Tiki Blenheim, and Tim Morrison are some of the alter egos she will be speaking to this season.
Sarah Paulson, Issa Rae and Tan France were all guests on the first season’s show. Like them, this season’s guests talk about memorable moments growing up. When Daniel Dae Kim’s family immigrated to the United States they first moved to New York into a very multicultural community. Canadian actress and superwoman Lilly Singh grew up in Scarborough, Ontario, an area just east of Toronto. She says her community was very tight-knit.
Actor Ashton Kutcher was raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, comedian and writer Larry Wilmore (Grown-ish, Insecure, In Living Colour, The Office), creator of The Bernie Mac Show and who you may recognize from The Daily Show told stories about his childhood. Vietnam-born American actress Lana Condor from the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before romantic-comedy film series and Boo, Bitch grew up on Whidbey Island near Seattle in Washington. Condor talked about what it was like growing up without technology in her home.
The show is inspired by Washington’s production company Simpson Street, which was named after a street in the Bronx that her mother grew up on in New York.
by Cherryl Bird – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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