Scandal actress Kerry Washington has praised Girls star Lena Dunham for creating great opportunities for actresses in Hollywood.

The 37-year-old star says 28-year-old Dunham is helping more women to be heard.

When asked by Stylist magazine how she felt about stars such as Oprah, Lena and Claire Danes being her fans, Kerry said: ''It's fun to hear that. There is a real circle of mutual respect. There are more opportunities for women and part of that is people like Lena and Oprah creating those opportunities and having a community that believes our successes and can help rather than take away from each other.

''That's the truth; the more successful you are, the more you're able to inspire and create work for others. It's great when we live in a belief system. It works.''

When asked what advice she would give to her younger self, she added: "I guess, it's to trust the journey. Don't worry so much about being perfect. Trust that you're on a journey of becoming who you're supposed to be.

''Everything that's happened, every negative thing or bad moment that has helped me to come closer to who I want to be. Not that I'm there yet but I'm really grateful for the challenges. I truly am.''