Whether you're a Scandal fan or not, you know all about the one and only Olivia Pope. The bold, chic lead on Shonda Rhimes' sexy D.C. drama has long been glorified with GIFs and memes — think Pope's signature "It's handled," her iconic (metaphorical) white hat, and the always-inspiring hypothetical question, WWOPD?
But the actress behind the Shondaland character doesn't get near the level of worship she deserves.
Kerry Washington is, simply, an amazing human being. And the fact that she's turning 40 gives us an excuse to celebrate all the reasons why.
Washington is perceptive, graceful and well-spoken. She's also down-to-earth and really freaking funny. Did I mention she's downright lovely? Oh, and her beautiful face does this indescribable beaming thing, pretty much always.
Anyhow, here are 18 times that Washington charmed our pants off.