Actress Kerry Washington, who can next be seen in Lakeview Terrace with Samuel L. Jackson & Patrick Wilson, is featured in the latest issue of Marie Claire.

“I’ve been to nine states on behalf of Obama,” she tells the magazine. “The enormous level of diversity among the volunteers have been so great to see!”

The 31-year-old Bronx-born stunner, who has a knack for playing the wives of Oscar winners onscreen (Jamie Foxx in Ray and Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland), lives in L.A. with her shih tzu-Yorkie mix “Josephine Baker,” and admires her mama.

“She’s the epitome of grace–as a person, and as a woman of color,” Washington says. “She’s very cerebral. She taught me about walking with dignity in the world.”

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