She said: “Being No. 1 on the call sheet for a show as historic as ‘Scandal,’ where the stakes were so high and meant possible opportunities for other actresses of color, that felt like a real test.”
Washington sought advice on producing from Reese Witherspoon because of her years of experience.
She said: “I knew that Reese had several production companies through the years and had learned a lot during the various stages of their development. I said to her, ‘You’re killing it now, but tell me all the mistakes you made so I don’t have to reinvent the wheel.’ ”
The “Big Little Lies” star was happy to help but later shocked the Last King of Scotland actress with a revelation.
She recalled: “She said, ‘Not a single other actress has called me to have this conversation.’ “