Like many moms, Kerry Washington has her hands full, working from home while homeschooling three kids during the COVID-19 pandemic.
But the star — who co-produced The Fight, a powerful new documentary about the American Civil Liberties Union, out July 31 — opens up to PEOPLE in this week's issue about how her parenting has evolved in the wake of not one, but two ongoing global crises.
"It's a difficult time," says Washington. The actress and 2020 Emmy nominee, 43, is currently social distancing at home with husband Nnamdi Asomugha, 39, and kids Caleb, 3, Isabelle 6, and her stepdaughter.
When it comes to Washington's latest project The Fight, a film distributed by Magnolia Pictures and Topic Studios, she's hoping to teach the nation about the work of lawyers on the front lines of some of the most important legal and political battles taking place right now.
"There’s something really powerful about how these lawyers are humanized in the film," she says of attorneys like Dale Ho, who is leading the ACLU's charge to protect voter rights. "They're real life Avengers. This really is a year where it’s so important that every single one of us counts."
The Fight is available on demand July 31.
For more on Washington's important new project and her life now, pick up this week's issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.
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