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Denzel Washington Reveals Daughter Is In ‘Django Unchained’ + Roles He Regrets Rejecting

Denzel Washington Reveals Daughter Is In 'Django Unchained' + Roles He Regrets Rejecting

Denzel Washington is on the cover of GQ‘s October Style Playbook issue, on newsstands September 25; the featured interview is already online, and in it, Denzel reveals a few items I wasn’t previously aware of, and I’m guessing some of you aren’t aware of either. So I’m sharing…

The most startling reveal Denzel makes is that his oldest daughter Katia Washington (she’ll be 25 in November) is involved in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained.

Answering a question about his very first job as a paperboy when he was 9 years old, to learning how to hustle, tell stories and act working in a barbershop in his early teens, and cherishing his independence at the time, he shared that he sees himself in his oldest daughter who’s apparently in the business, stating:

My oldest daughter – I see her digging her independence. She doesn’t like me talking about it, but she’s working with Tarantino.

Oops! I don’t think Katia is going to like that very much Denzel. She doesn’t like you talking about it!

GQ clarifies, asking if she’s working on Django Unchained; and Denzel replies:

Yeah. I can see myself in her.

GQ then notes the humor in all this, recalling Denzel’s feud with Tarantino over the latter’s addition of what Denzel felt was “racist dialogue” to the script of Crimson Tide (Tarantino did an uncredited rewrite of the script to that film). Denzel replies:

Isn’t that interesting how life goes? But I buried that hatchet. I sought him out ten years ago. I told him, “Look, I apologize.” You’ve just gotta let that go. You gonna walk around with that the rest of your life? He seemed relieved. And then here we are ten years later, and my daughter’s working with him. Life is something.

So there ya go… Katia Washington is working on Django Unchained. Although it’s not entirely clear if she’s working in front of the camera, or behind it. The interview with Denzel doesn’t say specifically.

She’s not listed anywhere in the film’s credits (on its IMDBPro page); and a google search revealed nothing. 

She’s a Yale grad, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, although I couldn’t find out in what area specifically. As a student, she was a member of an organization called Shades – an cappella group that focused on black music – R&B, gospel, jazz. So she can sing, we can assume.

Now that Denzel has revealed her involvement in the film, I’m sure we’ll get clarification on how she’s involved soon enough. The cat’s out of the bag, as they say.

Other notable mentions from the GQ interview with Denzel:

Roles that he regrets turning down: Seven and Michael Clayton.

I had no idea he was offered the Brad Pitt role in Seven. Why did he turn it down? He felt that the script was “too dark and evil.” Obviously he doesn’t feel that way now, since he regrets turning down the part. Would Morgan Freeman still have been cast in the film if Denzel accepted the role that eventually went to Brad Pitt? Imagine that – seven with an all black starring cast (assuming the part Gwyneth Paltrow played would have gone to a black actress). We can dream can’t we?

As for why he turned down Michael Clayton (a role that eventually went to George Clooney in a film that would go on to be nominated for 7 Academy Awards – all in major categories including Best Picture – and won 1 – Tilda Swinton for Best Supporting Actress), Denzel said that, while he thought that the script was excellent, he was nervous about working with a first-time director in Tony Gilroy.

I was wrong. It happens.

Indeed. While Gilroy was a first time director, it’s not like he was a total novice to the filmmaking process. Before Michael Clayton, Gilroy penned the screenplays for a few box office blockbuster movies (like all 3 Bourne movies that starred Matt Damon, for example), and he’d executive produced others (Proof Of Life, Bait).

So while writing screenplays and executive producing aren’t exactly the same as directing a film, it wasn’t like Gilroy was some young kid right out of film school, with no experience whatsoever. He’d been active in the business (writing, producing) for some 25 years by the time Michael Clayton was made.

Ah well… as Denzel said, he was wrong… it (shit) happens. You move on…

Now one can only wonder if he took both of these roles (Seven and Michael Clayton), what impact, if any, they may have had on his career trajectory. Not that he’s done poorly for himself. He’s doing just fine. I’m just wondering…

So there ya have it… Katia Washington is working on Django Unchained (but we don’t know in what way exactly), and Denzel regrets turning down Seven and Michael Clayton.

The full GQ interview, which also includes conversation about politics, inspiration, technique, family, and more, can be read HERE.

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Why is an Black cast something you "dream" about? That is disgustedly racist. As if those were not great movies with Whitey in them?

You people are disgusting

Marcus B Like

Brad Pitt is responsible for bringing David Fincher on board for directing duties on Se7en. Had Denzel signed on unlikely his elder co-star would be Morgan Freeman nor would the movie be the artistic achievement as it stands. Unfortunate he was uncomfortable with a first time filmmaker directing Michael Clayton especially since the first timer in question also wrote the screenplay.


According to IMDB she was a PA on the film. She’s listed twice as a PA and an Editorial PA.


In the 60's anti-whites forced ALL and ONLY white countries to open their borders to non-white immigration. Then anti-whites forced ALL and ONLY white people to "integrate" or face penalties for being "naziswhowantokill6millionjews." Now anti-whites are counting down the days for when ALL and ONLY white children become minorities and eventually extinct EVERYWHERE. It's Genocide. "Anti-racist" is a codeword for anti-white.

Critical Acclaim

Why black Hollywood types give so much luv to Tarantino I'll never understand.

Masha Dowell

I cringed at this question that the interviewer asked Denzel – If you had one thing to say to African-American readers of GQ, what would you say?

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Its like — would anyone ask George Clooney this?

Maybe I'm wrong…


This is kinda old news. Word was out a couple of years after the release of "Seven/Se7en" that Denzel turned down the role because of how dark he felt the script was. Considering his religious beliefs I can respect where he was coming from to an extent, but I thought it was an unwise move on his part after hearing about it. To me it was as short-sighted as Halle Berry turning down Sandra Bulloch'srole in "Speed" and Will Smith turning down the role of Neo in "The Matrix", even though all of these actors have had successful careers anyway. About two years ago or so (when the "Book of Eli" came out) Washington admitted in an interview that he made a mistake in turning down "Seven". In that same interview he also commented on his regrets of not attaching himself to Michael Clayton. When I first saw "Michael Clayton" in the theaters I shook my head thinking that Washington had passed up on such an opportunity (his passing on it was reported as well in magazines and websites that focused on filmmaking). But again it made sense considering Washington's history. For one reason or another he has had a tendency to play it safe and giving himself over, at that time in his career, to a novice filmmaker was something that obviously worried him. He also likes the comfort that comes along working with directors he is familar with which is why he would go back to the well again and again with Spike Lee and Tony Scott. There was another interview around the same time in a foreign version of the defunct (American version) Premiere magazine in which the interviewer claimed that Washington told him he turned down Michael Douglass' role in "Basic Instinct" too. I find that one a little hard to believe most of all because he wasn't yet a big enough draw as a black actor for a mainstream film and because the studio wasn't going to allow Washington to get hot and steamy with Sharon Stone or any other white actress they would have picked for the part (no way would Hollywood pick both a black actor and black actress for a mainstream sex and death mystery yarn). And while I'm at it it has been my opinion that if Denzel had taken Pitt's role in "Seven" a white actor would have been chosen to play Morgan Freeman's part. Just like if Will Smith had played Neo the Morpheus role would not have gone to Fishburne. Going back to Premiere magazine it was the American version which first filled me in not just on the spat between Washington and Tarantino on the set of "'Crimson Tide", but on the punches almost thrown on the set between Washington and James Gandolfinias well (I miss that magazine). It is nice to now learn that Washington and Tarantino have put that all behind them. I suppose Washington and Gandolfini did as well.


Denzel is a superstar, A-list, $20 million/project man with or without Seven or Michael Clayton. He's doing just fine. I'm rather sick and tired of people attempting to take either Denzel Washington or Will Smith or Chris Tucker other prominent Black actors to the woodshed for roles they bypassed. It's almost as if people are trying to "put them in their place" with the HOW DARE YOU TELL ME NO, BOY attitude. For some reason, this attitude reeks and reveals itself most of all whenever the name Quentin Tarantino or Harvey Weinstein enters the conversation. Ugly and nasty shade-throwers both. You didn't make Washington, Smith, or Tucker and you can't break Washington, Smith, or Tucker. Washington's first take on Tarantino's ugly dark heart that continues to thrive with the $ his big daddy throws around was correct.

Adam Scott Thompson

Oh well. "Crimson Tide" was written for a white actor. So was "Deja Vu." Denzel snatches more roles from white actors than he loses them. The former he "takes" because he's Denzel, and the latter is offered to him first (or at least he's one of the first).


Wow! I wonder what would have happened if he took those roles. It's crazy. You never know what you're turning down. I love hearing these stories about who was supposed to be cast in what roles. You just wonder how different the movies could have been, or what it would have done for their careers. Like you said, Denzel is doing mighty fine, but where would he be now? Fascinating!

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