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Don Cheadle, Kerry Washington Talk Frankly About Life In Hollywood (Race, Gender, Activism)

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 5, 2013 11:51 AM
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Don Cheadle, Kerry Washington

A worth-listening to candid conversation with Don Cheadle and Kerry Washington, talking to Variety about life and work in the industry, issues of race and gender, and the role of activism. 

I believe it's all part of Variety's Primetime Emmy series (nominees will be announced next month).

The conversation is over 30 minutes long, and I enjoyed it, so check it out:

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  • FactChecker | June 28, 2013 9:18 PMReply

    Fascinating conversation with two really articulate, insightful artists!
    Love, love, love Don Cheadle, and Kerry kills on "Scandal" every week.
    These two represent, strongly, for the race like few others (I'm talking to you Will ... Zoe).

  • Jess | June 6, 2013 4:19 PMReply

    Washington and Cheadle handled themselves very well, but I had a problem with the interviewer's line of questioning, particularly his focus on race. The whites being interviewed for the series probably had more of a fun & frothy interview experience about their artistry and the actual shows they starred in. I wanted to know more about their approach to their roles and where they see their characters and careers going.

  • saadiyah | June 6, 2013 9:21 AMReply

    Two of my favorites. Always smart, funny, and entertaining. Hoping for Kerry to soon get an Oscar worthy role!

  • Nicole | June 5, 2013 7:21 PMReply

    man...this was pretty BORING!

  • Muse | June 6, 2013 12:51 PM

    Yeah Nicole, thanks for your in-depth insights about the interview of these two highly accomplished actors.

  • ed | June 5, 2013 10:44 PM

    Nicole, I don't know why I got annoyed by your " . . . BORING!" comment. But I have learned that when someone else has a different view, ask them to explain it. That way, both of us might learn something. So, could you say a little about why you were bored with this interview? Thanks.

  • eshowoman | June 5, 2013 6:17 PMReply

    This is heaven.

  • Katie | June 5, 2013 5:51 PMReply

    I love how they aren't like other actors and actresses who believe that race and gender shouldn't or doesn't matter when it comes to getting role (I see you Will). They're not naive and they know that their race and gender is apart of who they are and who society sees them.

    Don Cheadle just solidified why I love him so much. Kerry Washington, though I don't care for her acting, I will always respect her because she understands how things work and never shied from identifying as a black woman. Unlike some actors who drink the Hollywood koolaid in believe in being colorless (Will) or that theirs no racism in Hollywood or society as a whole (Zoe). I will forever side eye Will and Zoe for those comments.

  • beemooree | June 5, 2013 8:11 PM

    youre absolutely right! The only reason zoe and will made those comments is bc of the status they've achieved in hollywood. I remember zoe making a comment saying " black actors need to stop complaining and do it." if she were still d list im sure she would have a different opinion.

  • Campbell | June 5, 2013 4:35 PMReply

    Insightful and intelligent.
    Just like I like the entertainment I watch.

  • Waheedah Bilal | June 5, 2013 1:43 PMReply

    nice interview with two of my favorite actors; it is so good to see they are as multidimensional as the roles they take.

  • carol linda dunn | June 5, 2013 1:34 PMReply

    i love kerry washington. she is my #1 girl crush. she may not need an introduction but what she does need is to scrape that price tag off of the bottom of her shoes.

  • Alex | June 6, 2013 2:40 PM

    I know! Was wondering if anyone noticed it as well. Someone's stylist needs to pay a little more attention.

  • No | June 5, 2013 12:39 PMReply

    A really interesting conversation, and it proved that Kerry Washington was utterly underutilized in "Django Unchained." Love Don Cheadle; one of my favorite actors. I just don't care for his "House of Lies" show.

  • Donella | June 6, 2013 11:34 AM

    Lauren, this lack of interaction between Django and Broomhilda that you and many others noticed even before the movie was cast and produced is definitely the screenwriters fault. Because of this lack Kerry Washington and Jamie Foxx sat on the sidelines while Christopher Waltz and Quentin Tarantino collected their awards.

  • lauren | June 5, 2013 7:04 PM

    Still say that scene was lacking... and any woman who had been what she'd been through would deserve more than a flippant remark from her husband!

  • Adam Scott Thompson | June 5, 2013 6:49 PM

    I don't know, Lauren. In many films, understated action and dialogue within a scene can actually prove more effective. Not everything needs to be over the top -- and that includes Spielberg's sometimes heavy-handed direction.

  • lauren | June 5, 2013 1:06 PM

    Django was emotionally one dimensional... Tarantino doesn't/can't do sentimental or romantic and therefore unless the women in his films are kicking someone's ass, he's got nothing to give them. An example of this is after Django had risked life and limb in the search for his wife, has a limp "Hello trouble maker" when he's face to face with her? WTF? And she faints... a plot device to avoid the emotional reunion which if Speilberg directed that moment, there wouldn't be a dry eye in the theater.

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