Kerry Washington is an Emmy-winning, SAG, and Golden Globe-nominated actor, director, producer, and organiser. A native of The Bronx, New York, Washington is a versatile and fearless multi-hyphenate, and has received high acclaim for her work in film, television, theatre, digital media, advocacy, and beyond. Washington received widespread public recognition for her role as Olivia Pope on the hit ABC drama Scandal, breaking barriers as the first Black woman since 1974 to headline a network TV drama. Washington's film credits include Django Unchained, Ray, The Last King of Scotland, Save the Last Dance, Our Song, and The School for Good and Evil, among many others. In 2016, she launched her production company, Simpson Street. A lifelong advocate and activist, Washington is dedicated to using her voice to fight for justice. Washington has been honoured as one of Time magazine's 2022 Women of the Year, in addition to appearing on the magazine's Most Influential People list in 2014. She also received the 2013 NAACP President's Award, the 2015 GLAAD Media Vanguard Award, and the 2016 ACLU Bill of Rights Award. In 2022, Washington partnered with LAUSD and others to launch The Roybal School of Film and Television Production, a magnet school aiming to drive transformational change across the entertainment industry for students from underserved communities.
If Kerry Washington's superpower in acting is that she can make the
viewer feel intimate with someone we've never known, her writing
superpower is that she can make us relive a life we've never lived.
Utterly immersive, beautifully descriptive, and radically honest,
this book takes a compassionate sledgehammer to the facades that so
many of us create about ourselves and our families. It's such a
*Trevor Noah, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Born a Crime*
I read Thicker than Water in one sitting, astonished by Washington's thrilling story and shimmering writing. Washington is more honest in these pages than she has to be, and the result is a book that will heal hearts and relationships. Thicker than Water will keep readers up at night - flipping pages and thinking: Good Lord, she can write, too??? Yep, she sure as hell can.
*Glennon Doyle, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Untamed*
An exquisitely moving story of grace and wisdom, Kerry Washington takes us along her hard-won transformation from a sheltered young girl growing up in the Bronx, to a brilliant actor who would portray one of the most iconic roles in television. And all the while, she shines a light on the acting world, the traumas and triumphs of womanhood and the true, full meaning of family. A gift and a revelation.
*Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns and Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents*
This book bursts open with honesty and humility. At every season of her life, we watch Washington navigate the thrilling trajectory of her career alongside the complexities of her family life. This is not a memoir of someone who wants us to see them as flawless, it is a story of someone who wants us to see them as human. What a gift we have been given, this opportunity to bear witness to one of our great actress's journey through both her eyes and her heart. Thicker than Water is a beautifully written memoir by an extraordinary artist.
*Clint Smith, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller How the Word Is Passed*
With a true gift for prose, Kerry Washington conveys an intoxicating passion and gratitude for her life. I found myself captivated by every chapter, at her side, inspired by the full spectrum of her experience.
*Gwyneth Paltrow, actor and founder of goop*