Kerry Washington Reveals Jennifer Lopez Was Her Dance Teacher Growing Up: 'Cause We're From the Block!'

The Scandal actress also tells Jimmy Fallon about her surprisingly fluffy 'secret weapon' acting coach

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Who knew Jenny from the block had a protegé?

During an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Friday, Kerry Washington revealed that Jennifer Lopez taught some of her dance classes while they were both growing up in the Bronx in New York.

“I had this very inspiring teacher named Larry Maldonado. For anybody from my neighborhood in the Bronx, he was our role model,” Washington, 39, shared. “He had an awesome substitute teacher named Jennifer who would sometimes step in and teach but then she left to move to L.A. and be on In Living Color.”

After nonchalantly dropping this bombshell, Washington waited for host Jimmy Fallon to put two and two together before saying, “I learned to dance from J.Lo!”

“So it was, like, meant to be that I would be famous,” she joked. “Don’t be fooled by the rocks that I’ve got – I’m Kerry from the block.”

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Washington also shared her secret to filming Scandal‘s most intense scenes.

“I have like a secret weapon kind of coach who stands off to the side a lot of the time,” she said, then showed a picture of an adorably fluffy puppy named Josie who, she said, is there to lend a paw if she forgets a line or needs help getting through a tough scene.

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