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Before Kerry Washington landed the lead role on Shonda Rhimes’ “Scandal,” the actress says her life wasn’t in a great place. Personally and professionally, Washington knew she needed to make some changes and, as she tells Oprah during a conversation for “SuperSoul Sessions,” she knew it would take a lot to re-shape her life and take back control.

“There was a lot of toxicity in my life — people I needed to let go of in a personal way, in a business way,” she says. “And, also, I felt like I had been living my career kind of on auto-pilot.”

There was only one way to turn things around.

“There was a period before ‘Scandal’ when I went into the wilderness,” Washington says. “I took a break and did a Broadway play. I went back to my roots as an artist.”

That play was called “Race,” and while being on Broadway didn’t make Washington rich, she says that the experience provided her with something incredibly valuable.

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