“Playing Chenille Changed My Life”: Kerry Washington Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of ‘Save the Last Dance’

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Jan. 12 marked the 20th anniversary of Save the Last Dance and Kerry Washington shared a throwback picture to commemorate the special occasion.

“Playing Chenille changed my life,” wrote the Emmy award winner. “I read that script and I felt like I KNEW her. At the time, I also knew the narrative that was being served in culture about who Black teen moms are. And I knew that if done right, this was an opportunity to transform some stereotyped thinking and make this young woman REAL. And human. And deserving of love and attention.”

“I loooooved being a part of this film This cast. This crew,” she continued. “So many “slammin” memories!”

The 43-year-old Little Fires Everywhere actress starred alongside Sean Patrick Thomas (Derek) and Julia Stiles (Sara). Washington portrayed Derek’s younger sister Chenille and quickly became best friends with Sara — a white midwestern ballet dancer who moved to Chicago after her mom’s tragic passing. With the help from Chenille’s slammin’ fashion…



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