If you're a true "Scandal" fan you already know that 1.) Season 4's mid-season premiere is on Thursday and 2.) Olivia Pope is a total boss. But while you may already love Kerry Washington for playing the professional powerhouse with such conviction, you may not know that Washington is just as inspiring when she's offscreen. The actress' political activism, nonjudgmental demeanor and wonderful messages of self-love make her just as admirable as Pope -- with or without the chic power suit.
Here are five quotes that prove Washington more than handles it :