Kerry Washington corrects Craig Melvin that she is a 'mother of three' not two, referring to her 12-year-old stepdaughter

The confusion happened on the 'Today' show when Washington was promoting her new Broadway play 'American Son'


                            Kerry Washington corrects Craig Melvin that she is a 'mother of three' not two, referring to her 12-year-old stepdaughter

Actress Kerry Washington didn't realize the traction her correction to journalist Craig Melvin about the number of children she had when he referred to her as a "mother of two" would get, but it certainly piqued the iterest of many on social media.

While appearing on the 'Today' show in order to promote her new Broadway play 'American Son', the 41-year-old said, "I am a mother of three" when Craig called her "a mother of two". Washington shares two children, 2-year-old Caleb Kelechi and 4-year-old Isabelle Amarachi, with her husband Nnamdi Asomugha. Kerry is a stepmother to Nnamdi's 12-year-old daughter, whom he had in a previous relationship. 

Kerry's statement set off reactions and questions on Twitter from fans and followers. 

One fan wrote, "Wait, Kerry Washington just said she’s a mother of three on the Today show!" while another fan added, "Mother of THREE…? When did this happen?!? I need answers!".

During the interview, Kerry also spoke about her new Broadway play where she stars alongside Steven Pasquale. The play is about a couple who goes on a search for their missing child and also touches upon issues such as race, political views amongst many other things. Kerry revealed that by bringing her character to life, she has learned a lot and it has helped her with her own parenting. 

Kerry shared, "The play is teaching me so much every day. I feel like I’m still learning from [my character]. One of the things that I think every mother who sits in the play — every parent, actually, who comes to the play — is faced with the powerlessness of parenting". 

Kerry Washington (Source: Getty Images)
Kerry Washington (Source: Getty Images)

"That there was a time where you could control everything, kind of, about them in the very beginning," she continued. "But parenting is a lot about letting go and how you do that with grace and ease and empower your kids to make the right choices," she explained. "It is an adventure. And obviously, doing that as a parent of an African-American kid has particular challenges". 

The Broadway play 'American Son' is currently playing in previews and will open on November 6 at the Booth Theatre in New York City.