​Kerry Washington learned how to dance from Jennifer Lopez

Kerry Washington's star-making role on Shonda Rhimes’ Scandal has made her a household name.

But before her big break, the mother of one was rubbing shoulders with other up-and-comers, attending school with Gwyneth Paltrow and the same Bronx Boys and Girls Club as Jennifer Lopez.

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The 37-year-old showed how small the world is by sharing details about her childhood in an interview with Yahoo News, where she discussed learning to dance from the yet-to-be-discovered pop hit-maker.

“We had this amazing dance teacher, Larry, and Jennifer actually used to substitute teach when Larry wasn’t around,” Kerry revealed. “You wouldn’t know it from my build, but Jennifer taught me how to dance. And I remember when she left the Boys club because she was leaving New York to go to LA to try and make it big and we were all like, ‘Oh my gosh.’”

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Kerry also chatted with Jimmy Kimmel in August about attending the same school as Gwyneth.

“I was in an a cappella group in high school. It was a nine-girl a cappella singing group, we called ourselves Triple Trio,” the actress said in the interview. “And when I was in junior high school I really wanted to be in Triple Trio because there was this really amazing senior named Gwyneth Paltrow and she was president of Triple Trio. So I really wanted to be president of Triple Trio one day. And then I was co-president of Triple Trio one day. My shining honour!”

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