'Let's just talk about how brilliant Viola is when she's nominated again next year,' Washington tells EW

By Matthew Wright
Updated September 25, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT
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When Viola Davis became the first African-American to win the Emmy for leading actress in a drama, she delivered one of the most impactful speeches of the evening, and fellow Shondaland star Kerry Washington was seen emotionally hanging on to every word.

During a Sirius XM Town Hall session with EW editor Henry Goldblatt on Friday, Washington weighed in on what Davis’ monumental win meant for the future of the Emmys.

“I feel like now we’ve moved into that place with the Emmys. … Now that we’ve had our first, we can just start talking about excellence. Like, actors who are doing excellent work and not actors who are gonna cross color lines. Let’s just talk about how brilliant Viola is when she’s nominated again next year, and let go of it being the first.”

Check out the full clip above for more of Washington’s thoughts on her contemporary’s big win.

Scandal returned Thursday night, serving all the juicy drama that we’ve grown accustomed to — check out our recap here.

Our interview with Washington, which aired on Sirius XM Friday (available anytime at SiriusXM.com/OnDemand), also included the actress discussing who she wanted to join the show and that groovy Apple Music commercial that everyone’s obsessed with.

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