Kerry Washington: I Watch What I Eat, Don't Drink Alcohol

Celebrity Body Oct. 24, 2013 AT 10:00AM
Kerry Washington on September 22, 2013 in Los Angeles Kerry Washington, radiant on the red carpet, at a Sept. 22, 2013 event in Los Angeles. Credit: Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty

On ABC's hit series Scandal, Olivia Pope is perpetually nursing a glass of red wine after a grueling day of tackling clients' problems. But in reality, Kerry Washington says she doesn't drink.

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She tells the NY Post, “Who needs those empty calories? I watch what I eat." Washington, who also covers the November Issue of Essence, tells the publication she rarely consumes alcohol -- "I drink maybe twice a year" -- unless she's reunited with her best friends from high school or with girlfriends from her show. 

Scandal's Olivia Pope, played by Kerry Washington, holds an empty glass of wine after an exhausting day of work. (ABC/Ron Tom)
Scandal's Olivia Pope, played by Kerry Washington, holds an empty glass of wine after an exhausting day of work. (ABC/Ron Tom)
Credit: Scandal's Olivia Pope, played by Kerry Washington, holds an empty glass of wine after an exhausting day of work. (ABC/Ron Tom)

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The 36-year-old actress, who stays in shape by doing pilates, shared with Us Weekly in April as part of her "25 Things" that she also abstains from coffee. Whatever the fresh-faced beauty does in terms of upkeep is working: Washington was named Neutrogena's new creative consultant just last week.

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Providing some insight on her otherwise private life (the actress secretly wed NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha in July), Washington says, "I actually live quietly. Work hard. Get bored easily."

She will host Saturday Night Live on Nov. 2.

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