Kerry Washington Just Posted an Adorable Throwback Birthday Photo

The actor expressed her gratitude to friends and family, adding how "loved and blessed" she feels.

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Kerry Washington rang in her 44th year on Jan. 31, and the actor celebrated her birthday by reminiscing about a memory from one of her earlier celebrations. The Little Fires Everywhere star posted a throwback photo of herself at one of her childhood birthday parties to Instagram. Read on to see the sweet photo and discover what Washington had to say about taking another trip around the sun. And for more blasts from the past, see Priyanka Chopra's Super Cute Throwback of Herself at 17.

Washington expressed her “deep gratitude” for the birthday love she's received.

kerry washington in blue sweater and white headband blowing out the candles on a pink or white cake
Kerry Washington/Instagram

In the picture, Washington is seen blowing out the candles on one of her two birthday cakes while wearing a white woven headband and blue knit cardigan.

In the caption of the cute throwback pic, she graciously thanked all those who’d wished her a happy birthday. “Sending you ALL love and deep gratitude today for all these beautiful birthday wishes,” Washington wrote. “I feel so loved and blessed to get to spend another year with you all. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MEEE!!!!” And for more celebrities who just celebrated big birthdays, See Julia Louis-Dreyfus at 21 on "SNL."

Dozens of celebs shared posts celebrating Washington's birthday, as well.

reese witherspoon in a blue dress and kerry washington in gold pants and a white top sitting in the back of a golf cart

Washington’s celebrity pals turned out en masse to express their gratitude for her friendship. The actor reposted birthday wishes from stars including Reese Witherspoon, Octavia Spencer, Kate Hudson, Ava DuVernay, Jamie Foxx, Alicia Keys, Nicole Kidman, Priyanka Chopra, Tracee Ellis Ross, Natalie Portman, and her former Scandal co-star Tony Goldwyn, just to name a few.

A-listers also flooded the comments on the post with messages of their love and appreciation for Washington, as well. “Happy birthday friend!!!! Xoxo,” wrote Mariah Carey, while Insecure star Issa Rae commented, “Love you, Kerry! Happy Birthdayyyyyy!” And for more stars who have people talking on social media, check out Jennifer Aniston Just Showed Off Her New Hairstyle on Instagram.

Washington has long expressed her excitement about getting older.

Nnamdi Asomugha and Kerry Washington
Barry King/Alamy Stock Photo

While some celebrities are less than eager to discuss their age publicly, Washington has never shied away from the topic.

“Life is just getting better,” she admitted to Glamour in a 2017 interview. “For me, 40 feels like a beginning. I’m in the middle of so much new—with this career, the kids, and I’m still sort of a newlywed. I’m excited to be at this stage in life.” And for the latest celebrity news delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.

And she has one trick for keeping her youthful glow.

kerry washington wearing gold undereye patches and using a jade roller with her hair in a braid
Vogue

Though Washington may be excited about what the years to come have in store, she’s also been vocal about how taking care of herself—and her skin in particular—has been an important part of her journey toward self-acceptance.

“I do think of my skincare routine as self-love,” Washington told Vogue in a Dec. 2020 video interview, in which she detailed her multi-step skincare routine, which includes everything from a rosewater aura mist to an SPF serum. “Self-care isn’t about fixing yourself or twisting yourself into a pretzel to please other people. It’s really about being the best version of you.” And for more celebrities celebrating big birthdays this year, check out 50 Celebrities Who Are Turning 50 This Year.

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