Kerry Washington portrays Paige Alexander in a new Hulu series ‘UnPrisoned’ loosely based on the real-life story of the show’s creator and executive producer Tracy McMillan.

This new series is all about Paige taking in her father Edwin Alexander – played by Delroy Lindo- as he is released from prison after 17 years and is now living with his daughter, a single mother to a teenage son. We spoke with Washington about this series which while a comedy still talks about serious topics like black men who are incarcerated and having to reinvent themselves out of the system.

While Washington stars in the film, she also steps behind the screen and serves as executive producer. She shared that when joining this project not only did she want to bring humanity to those who are formally incarcerated, but when thinking of who could play the role of  Paige’s father, the only choice was Lindo.

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Now as we shared, this story is loosely based on the real-life story of McMillan who has been open about her upbringing. While in the film, Paige’s father lives with her, in real life as we learned from Kerry’s Tik Tok Q&A, McMilllen had two rules for her real-life father as he got out of prison which was he could not ask her for money and he could not live with her. Being a comedic person, and a television writer, McMillen thought about what would it look like had she not had those rules and allowed her father to live with her which is how ‘UnPrisoned’ was created.

While on Tik Tok, Washington was asked about the differences between the father-daughter relationship between Paige and Edwin in this new series compared to the father-daughter relationship. between Olivia and Rowan Pope from her hit series ‘Scandal’ and this is what she had to say.

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This series is out now on Hulu.