Kerry Washington Takes Baby Daughter Isabelle to Disneyland, Holds Hands With Husband Nnamdi Asomugha
The happiest place on Earth! New mom Kerry Washington and her husband Nnamdi Asomugha took their 3-month-old daughter, Isabelle Amarachi Asomugha, to Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure Park on Saturday, July 19. The uber private couple were joined by members of Washington’s family and friends, an eyewitness tells Us Weekly.
The Scandal star kept it casual in a loose-fitting tank top and boyfriend jeans as she held hands with her husband, who donned a sweatshirt and baseball cap.
As for little Isabelle, the eyewitness tells Us she has “a lot of hair and seemed cuddly and happy.” Washington, who welcomed her first child in April, “held the baby while watching the World of Color show,” the source adds. While they toured the park, their precious little one rested safely in a room at the Grand Californian hotel with a nanny.
First, she gave birth to daughter Isabelle without anyone the wiser — and to date, barely any paparazzi baby pictures have surfaced. And now, she has another Emmy nomination, for playing master handler Olivia Pope in Scandal.
It’s almost an embarrassment of riches for Washington. “I’m really grateful and feel really blessed,” she says.
Last season closed with the president being re-elected and with Olivia quitting her job and getting on a plane — and ignoring his call. As to what happens next … your guess is as good as Washington’s.
"We don’t have a script yet. I don’t even know if that plane is going to Turks and Caicos or maybe it had engine trouble and is in right back in D.C. I don’t know where she’s going. It’s pretty crazy," says Washington. "You cant thrive with this material unless you’re willing to embrace the unknown. I’m type A, hyper prepared – it challenges me to surrender to these writers."
Her nomination left Washington at a loss for words. “I am rarely speechless but I feel kind of speechless this morning,” she says. “It’s very surreal. I’m so excited about Joe Morton and Kate Burton.”
And no, Olivia Pope won’t be getting wild and crazy tonight. “I have been going out a little. I don’t have plans to go out tonight. No,” she says.
As weird as it may seem, it was unusual for Kerry Washington to wake up to the sound of an active phone.
But with nothing to digitally chirp about given that “Scandal” is on summer hiatus, Washington had grown accustomed to a somewhat less lively phone — at least where morning is concerned.
"I was sleeping, and my phone started making a lot of noise," she told The Times by phone. "I had it on very, very low volume because I feel like phones on vibrate make even more noise. So normally that kind of volume doesn’t wake me up unless its very repetitive. And, oh, was it repetitive. I picked up my phone and saw there was a reason for all the activity. And it had nothing to do with a plane ride!"
The 37-year-old actress was referring to the Season 3 closer that saw her character, Olivia Pope, jet off into the sunset with Jake Ballard (Scott Foley), seemingly putting an nail in the Fitz coffin.
"I feel very humbled because I wasn’t expecting it," she said of her nomination for lead actress in a drama series. "This stuff is never a sure thing."
Leading up to the finale moments and the plane ride, the third season was at high speed. Viewers were introduced to Olivia’s mommy and daddy issues with the additions of Khandi Alexander as her mother, Maya Lewis, and Joe Morton as her father, Rowan Pope. (Morton also received a nod for guest actor.)
It revealed an Olivia beyond her role as mistress, friend or boss — looking at her through the lens of a daughter. A daughter of destructive parents.
"It’s funny — in Seasons 1 and 2, I felt like my work was really about wrapping my head around trying to balance how powerful she is at work with how powerless she is in her personal life," she said. "And then bringing in the role of daughter really helped me to understand both of those things. It made me aware that those parts of her are so fragile."
As the Shonda Rhimes drama prepares to enter its fourth season in the fall, Washington isn’t sure what she hopes to see from Olivia. And that’s always been the fun part. Of course, she is curious about one thing.
"I want to know where that plane lands!"
Something tells us she isn’t the only one curious to find out.