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While presenting a pair of writing awards at the 68th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, the co-stars, who play on-again,off-again love interests on the ABC series, talked up the difficulties writers face when “real-life situations” present themselves.
“It’s hard to joke about writers, because next week your character might wind up with nothing to say,” began Goldwyn. “Or in a seasonlong coma, or dead,” said Washington, finishing his sentence.
“And sometimes writers have to deal creatively with an actor’s real-life situation,” he added.
Washington then turned to the side to reveal her baby bump, which she showed off in a strapless black Brandon Maxwell gown with side cutouts.
“What kind of situation are you talking about, Tony?” she asked. To which he smartly replied, “Never mind.”
Washington plays D.C. fixer Olivia Pope and Goldwyn stars as President Fitzgerald Grant on the Shonda Rhimes-created series. While pregnant with daughter Isabelle Amarachi Asomugha during the 2013-14 season, the actress had to creatively film around her growing bump, as the show did not write in her pregnancy.
The actress previously told The Hollywood Reporter how challenging it was to film that third season.
“I was going through this amazing physical transition, this physical journey of having a baby, that my character was not going through,” said Washington. “I had to figure out how to be this woman while my instrument was changing and evolving every day. It was like seeing the keys on a piano jump around on a daily basis. It was tough for me to even maintain Olivia’s walk because of the changes.”
She added: “The season really broke me. I’m a Type A actor who likes to have it all figured out going in, but suddenly I had no idea where this woman was going to go next. I had to jump in without everything being perfect. I felt like I had been in control playing the character, but it all got taken away from me last season. That meant my acting toolbox had to be upgraded. I had to trade in my screwdriver and hammer for a Black and Decker power tool.”
The pair then presented the award for best writing for a limited series, movie or dramatic special, which went to D.V. DeVincentis of The People v. O.J. Simpson.
The 68th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, aired live on Sunday, Sept. 18, on ABC. Head here for a full winners’ list.
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