Kerry Washington has revealed that when she was in high school she wanted to be like the "really amazing senior" in her school, actress Gwyneth Paltrow.

The Scandal star told Jimmy Kimmel Live! about her school a cappella group, Triple Trio.

She said: "When I was in junior high school I really wanted to be in Triple Trio because there was this really amazing senior, named Gwyneth Paltrow, and she was president of Triple Trio."

She continued: "So I really wanted to be president of Triple Trio one day - and then I was co-president of Triple Trio one day."

Washington added: "We got hired a lot on Valentine's Day to sing to people, and then we'd do the old standards... I actually hired the group to sing to my then high school sweetheart, my boyfriend in high school, which he hated."