Little Fires Everywhere -- "Seeds and All" - Episode 102 -- As Moody’s friendship with Pearl deepens, Elena’s relationship with Mia grows increasingly strained. Unsettled by a faulty reference, Elena snoops into Mia’s past while Lexie worries about her Yale admissions essay. Mia bonds with her immigrant co-worker Bebe Chow, who makes a confession with far-reaching consequences. Mia (Kerry Washington), shown. (Photo by: Erin Simkin/Hulu)

Emmy, SAG, and Golden Globe nominated actor, director, producer, and activist Kerry Washington is a versatile and fearless multi-hyphenate who continues to astound with the depth of her talent. A native of The Bronx, New York, Washington has received high acclaim for her work in film, television, and theater.

Washington received widespread public recognition for her role as Olivia Pope on the hit ABC drama Scandal, breaking barriers by becoming the first African-American woman since 1974 to headline a network TV drama. Over the course of seven seasons, Washington earned two Primetime Emmy nominations, a Golden Globe nomination, a SAG nomination, and two NAACP Image Awards for her leading role on the Peabody Award-winning series. With steamy on-air chemistry and a flair for fashion, Washington turned Olivia Pope into an iconic character.

Washington’s performances over the years have received many accolades, including nominations for the Independent Spirit Awards, People’s Choice Awards, MTV Movie Awards, and wins for the BET Awards, and Teen Choice Awards. Washington’s film credits include: CARS 3, DJANGO UNCHAINED, RAY, THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND, SAVE THE LAST DANCE, LIFT, FOR COLORED GIRLS, NIGHT CATCHES US, PEEPLES, THE DETAILS, MOTHER AND CHILD, LIFE IS HOT IN CRACKTOWN, LAKEVIEW TERRACE, MIRACLE AT ST.ANNA, FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF SILVER, I THINK I LOVE MY WIFE, THE DEAD GIRL, FANTASTIC FOUR, MR. & MRS. SMITH, and OUR SONG.

In 2016, Washington launched her production company Simpson Street, which uses art, entertainment and technology to share narratives that amplify our common humanity while affirming the value of every individuals’ journey. Simpson Street’s first project, HBO’s Confirmation, earned Emmy, Golden Globe, NAACP Image Award and Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations. Simpson Street launched the series Five Points on Facebook Watch in 2017, which debuted its second season on the platform last August. Other projects in development include: 24-7 with UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, THE MOTHERS with Warner Bros., Reasonable Doubt with ABC, and GOLDIE VANCE with Fox. Washington and Simpson Street recently wrapped production on Little Fires Everywhere for Hulu alongside Reese Witherspoon and her Hello Sunshine productions. The series will begin streaming on March 18th, 2020. Washington brought her latest film, THE FIGHT to Sundance this past January where Magnolia Pictures picked up the distribution rights. This documentary follows ACLU lawyers’ most pertinent cases since the Trump administration enacted their “Muslim Ban”. Washington is currently in production for Ryan Murphy’s THE PROM for Netflix – she will star opposite Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman.

In 2009, Washington made her Broadway debut in David Mamet’s “Race,” alongside James Spader and David Alan Grier. Washington returned to the stage last year in Christopher Demos-Brown’s “American Son” opposite Steven Pasquale, Jeremy Jordan, and Eugene Lee. Washington has received a Drama League Award nomination and vast critical acclaim for her performance in the limited Broadway run. In January 2019, Washington announced that Simpson Street would be partnering with Netflix to adapt American Son for the screen. The production premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September and was released as a Netflix Television Event on Friday, November 1st. Washington has received a PGA nomination for ‘Outstanding Producer of Televised or Streamed Motion Pictures’ in support of American Son as well as three NAACP nominations for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special; Outstanding Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special; and Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television). In addition to acting and producing, Washington is also directing. Her most recent director credits include SMILF, Scandal, and Insecure.

Washington is active in many social and political causes. She served on the President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. In 2013, Washington was honored with the NAACP President’s Award, which recognized her special achievements in furthering the cause of civil rights and public service. In 2014, Time magazine included Washington on its annual Time 100 list of the Most Influential People in the World. Washington received the GLAAD Media Vanguard Award in 2015 and the ACLU Bill of Rights Award in 2016. In 2018, Washington joined Natalie Portman, America Ferrera, Reese Witherspoon, and many more in the Time’s Up movement.

Washington currently serves as both a brand ambassador and creative consultant for Neutrogena.

A talented artist with a mysterious past, Mia moves to idyllic Shaker Heights, seeking artistic inspiration and a stable home for her daughter, Pearl, to finish high school. But when their involvement with the Richardson family threatens to expose Mia’s past, Mia’s relationship with Pearl hangs in the balance.

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