The mighty and powerful Shonda Rhimes appeared on cover of The Hollywood Reporter looking every bit of fantastic, fabulous and ready to continue taking on the world. Rhimes gave a powerful interview, covering a myriad of topics, including the New York Times article the whole angry Black woman. Here are a few highlights:

On not wanting to be referred to as “the most powerful Black female showrunner in Hollywood:”

“They wouldn’t say that someone is ‘the most powerful white male showrunner in Hollywood.’ I find race and gender to be terribly important; they’re terribly important to who I am. But there’s something about the need for everybody else to spend time talking about it … that pisses me off.”

On the positive of the New York Times“angry Black woman” article:

“Some really amazing articles were written that had the conversation that I’ve been trying to have for a very long time, which, coming from me, makes me sound like I’m just, ‘Rrrraw!’”

“In this world in which we all feel we’re so full of gender equality and we’re a postracial [society] and Obama is president, it’s a very good reminder to see the casual racial bias and odd misogyny from a woman written in a paper that we all think of as being so liberal.”

On her decision to explore other networks:

“It wasn’t really about money, though don’t get me wrong, it’s very important in a world in which women are paid 77 cents on the dollar to be paid in a way that felt correct,” she says. “I wanted more control. I wanted the autonomy. And I wanted to feel like if I was making shows, I could sell them anywhere. I’m in a lovely position that whenever we pitch something, ABC buys it, which is great, but I also wanted the ability to say, ‘This is not for you.’”

On dealing with being in the spotlight:

“I don’t know too many other writers who people can recognize their faces … so that was a little disturbing for me and my kids,” she says, adding with a mix of humor and horror: “My 12-year-old instinctively says to people: ‘No autographs, please. She’s with her children.’ “

On hating the work/life balance question:

“The question drives me nuts,” she says, her warm smile momentarily gone. “What does Chuck Lorre say when you ask him about work‑life balance?” She had a similar response earlier in the summer when reporters asked her about her furniture and what she was serving President Obama at a fundraiser at her Hancock Park home. “I started saying to people, angrily, ‘Did you ask John Wells any of those questions?’ ” she says. “They were like, ‘No.’ And I’d say: ‘Because he was at work, right? Well, I’m at work, too.’ “

On running a tight ship on the “Scandal” set:

“There are no Heigls in this situation,” she says, choosing her words carefully. She adds later of her “no a**holes” policy: “I don’t put up with bullsh*t or nasty people. I don’t have time for it.”

On time management and future projects:

She has more to offer on the subject of time management, which she is asked about just as frequently. Next year, she will publish her first book, part memoir, part guide to being both a single mother and a high-powered showrunner. Since she adopted Emerson, now 2, Rhimes has drawn a hard line at working on weekends, optimizing that time with her children, close friends and nearby family. There’s a boyfriend, too, though she isn’t interested in discussing him. During the week, she’s trying out a new plan where she leaves the office around 5 p.m. to be home for dinner with her kids, or “tiny humans,” as she refers to them on Twitter. (She can go back later, if need be, a benefit of being only 10 minutes away.)

It’s a great interview. Read it in full here.
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