The Weight Those Heels Carry

April 26, 2013 12:01 PM

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The Weight Those Heels Carry

“I never completely understand a character until I know what kind of shoes they wear,” Ms. Washington said. For an interview at Milk Studios here, she was in a pair of intimidating white high heels. But Ms. Washington is often in sneakers or flip-flops, a clue for anyone trying to understand her. “It says I’m not really attracted to walking in the world in any one way,” she explained. “I like to walk in the world a lot of different ways.”

Those ways have ranged from the role of the slave Broomhilda in Quentin Tarantino’s recent “Django Unchained” to the pampered Grace Peeples in the modern romantic comedy “Peeples,” out on May 10. But it has been through the intimacy and reach of television that Ms. Washington, 36, has arrived in the...

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