HBO just revealed a first look at the actress channeling attorney Anita Hill in the upcoming film “Confirmation:”
— HBO (@HBO) June 16, 2015
Washington, who is also an executive producer on the project, shared her excitement on her personal Instagram several hours after HBO shared the photo:
Dear @HBO, Thank you for the profound opportunity of getting to inhabit Anita Hill and help tell this story! Yours Truly, K-Dub (aka super excited Exec Producer) #Confirmation A photo posted by Kerry Washington (@kerrywashington) on
In 1991, as the Senate Judiciary Committee deliberated over the final vote that would ultimately place Clarence Thomas on the bench of the U.S. Supreme Court, Hill reluctantly stepped forward and accused the Supreme Court justice nominee of sexually harassing her.
Hill’s claims triggered a three-day investigation, and included Hill’s nationally televised testimony. Despite Hill’s detailed and disturbing testimony, less than a quarter of Americans believed Hill’s claims at the time, according to The Washington Post.
“A generation of people who don’t even know that it happened are now going to work and experiencing this,” Hill told Jon Stewart during a “Daily Show” appearance last year. “They see the signs now that say sexual harassment is prohibited, but they don’t know how we got there.”