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Kerry Washington is one of the most powerful and sought after female actresses in Hollywood.

And while many know the star as the one and only Olivia Pope on ABC’s Scandal, most of us remember Washington as Chenille from the 2001 flick, Save the Last Dance.

But according to Kerry, that role didn’t pay the bills, so after filming the feature, she went back to substitute teaching in New York public schools. “It did not pay me a lot of money, so after the movie came out, I went back to substitute teaching for a while,” she said during her appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Wednesday night.

Unfortunately, that then became a disaster.

She explained, “I had to make a rule that I wouldn’t work in high schools. I could only do elementary schools because kids were cutting class to see Chenille teach French. So it was bad. I would go into a school and I would see all these kids outside the window trying to see that girl from Save the Last Dance.

Although in the kids defense, we would’ve done the same thing.

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