When Kerry Washington was 17, she was not playing around when it came to sex. The budding starlet was hard at work on her craft as a teenager with an acting gig that educated as well as entertained audiences.
"I had this great job with a theater company called Star Theater," Washington recalls on the latest episode of "When I Was 17," premiering Saturday at 11 a.m. "We would go into schools and community centers, and we'd do this show about issues like sex and drugs."
The job required Washington to instruct others on a very important skill — although it may have been an unorthodox extracurricular activity for a teen girl.
"So when I was 17, I was teaching other people how to put condoms on ... bananas," Washington remembers. The budding actress picked up a reputation as a teacher always armed for a lesson.
"Anytime anyone needed to know how to put a condom on, she would just pull out a banana and a condom and do a demonstration for us," Washington's pal Allison adds. "She was a sex-pert."
The "For Colored Girls" star doesn't deny her status as the go-to gal for learning how to get it on safely.
"I was kind of known, amongst my friends, as 'the condom lady,' " Washington says in the episode, which also features Akon and Donald Glover. "Because of my job, I always had condoms and dental dams and pamphlets."
Washington remains proud of the role she played both in and out of the theater company as a sex-ed resource.
"I did my job saving lives when I was 17," she says.
"When I Was 17" — this week featuring Akon, Kerry Washington and Donald Glover — premieres Saturday at 11 a.m. on MTV