Here’s Why Kerry Washington Takes Parenting Advice from Shonda Rhimes

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Between inking a new development deal with ABC and starring in a hit TV series, it’s safe to say Kerry Washington is one busy lady. However, according to the actress, who is currently expecting her second child with husband Nnamdi Asomugha, she’s feels she’s still not busy enough in comparison to her boss, Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes.

“I consider myself busy,” Washington, 39, tells InStyle in her latest cover story, “but Shonda has about four or five shows, three kids… She says, ‘If you feel like you have just the right amount of help, then you don’t have enough.’ My therapist said this too. You need a lot of support. Not just logistically but emotionally and spiritually.”

“You arrive at a certain place of achieving and suddenly you feel like your goals are being dictated by other people,” she says, explaining that now’s the time for quiet reflection. “Right now, as I get ready for this second baby, it’s really about me being in touch with what I want. I didn’t get here because I was trying to be what somebody else wanted me to be… So for now, I’m leaving myself open to the adventure.”

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For Washington, she wants to raise her children in a world where gender and race won’t hold your back from achieving your goals.

“I don’t want to not be African,” she shares. “The goal is to live in a world where my race doesn’t limit my access, where I can see myself represented in the highest level of society without any limitation.”

“I choose to feel optimistic, because I don’t think I could get out of bed if I didn’t,” Washington adds. “The key will be when we stop allowing our otherness to separate us. Whether it’s immigrant’s rights, women’s rights, civil rights, or LGBT rights, we’re all under attack, because none of us belongs to that small group who have held power for a very long time.”