Watch: Kerry Washington Talks Bad Parenting and Creating a New Kind of Family in 'Scandal'

Watch: Kerry Washington Talks Bad Parenting and Creating a New Kind of Family in 'Scandal'
Read More: Why Starring on 'Scandal' Is Like Finding a Family -- A Very, Very Political Family Those of us who have been following Shonda Rhimes' hit primetime soap "Scandal" for its four-seasons-and-counting run have, at this point, learned way more about Olivia Pope's family life than we ever thought we would (or wanted to, depending on your opinions of the more recent plot and character arcs). At a recent panel discussion for the La Times Envelope Screening Series, Kerry Washington discussed how Olivia's family life has affected her ability to maintain healthy personal relationships in adulthood. The canonical revelation that Olivia came from a childhood devoid of parental affection wasn't actually surprising to Washington, who noted that she herself had come up with a similar backstory for her character in early episodes. "Her personal life is a tragedy, a travesty -- why is that?" she said
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