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Kerry Washington is the proud mother of a baby girl

Actress Kerry Washington attends the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California.
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Scandal star Kerry Washington and husband Nnamdi Asomugha are the proud parents of a baby girl. The happy parents were able to keep the birth a secret for almost two weeks. TMZ broke the news on Friday that Washington gave birth to their new baby girl named Isabelle Amarachi Asomugha on April 21 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

According to the report, Asomugha, a former NFL player, signed the birth certificate more than a week after the birth which is strange, but the couple, who married last June, have welcomed their new daughter into the world. The birth also means that Washington won’t have to hide her pregnancy on the set of “Scandal” anymore. As the pregnancy progressed, creator Shonda Rhimes had to find creative ways to hide the pregnancy when it came to Washington’s “Scandal” character, Olivia Pope. During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the new mother talked about the challenges of working while pregnant.

“I work very physically as an actor. The biggest thing for me has been the challenge of how to be this person [Olivia Pope] with the personal transformation that’s going on for me physically and how to stay true to this character. That hasn’t been easy. It’s been an awesome challenge for me as an actor because so much of how I access character is through my body. It’s definitely been complicated to say the least. I’ve learned a lot about other ways to access Olivia and be her.”

Kerry Washington also credited the show’s design team for the creative ways they were able to hide the growing baby bump. She also thanked Rhimes for staying true to Olivia’s character and not making her also experience a pregnancy on the show. Rhimes was also very supportive off the set. Back in February, the “Scandal” creator hosted an elaborate baby shower for Washington. Some of the guests included costar Darby Stanchfield, Regina King, and Jane Fonda.

To also accommodate the pregnancy, Season 3 of “Scandal” was cut back to 18 episodes instead of 22 to give Washington the time and rest she needed to await the birth of her new baby girl. The “Scandal” star first broke the news about her pregnancy in October and showed off her baby bump three months later at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards.

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