Kerry Washington Wants Olivia Pope to be a Real Person


If Kerry Washington’s character, Olivia Pope, is the star of ABC’s hit series on Thursday night, Scandal, then Pope’s closet rivals the supporting cast to come in at a close second.

“People always come up to me and say, ‘Oh, I want Olivia’s closet,’ and I’m like ‘Me too!’” Lucky magazine’s December cover girl told the glossy. “There are shows where every time you see the character she’s in a different piece, and it’s like a fashion event. I didn’t want that. I wanted Olivia to be a real person.”

“Olivia has a very buttoned-up conservative D.C. aesthetic, but I tend to be more eclectic and spontaneous,” Washington told Lucky. Though, People magazine’s best dressed woman in the world didn’t always deem herself so. “In my mid-20s, fashion intimidated me,” said Washington. “But when I went to shows, it suddenly occurred to me that it was the same as going to a gallery opening or to the theater.”

Washington also enlisted the help of actress Tracee Ellis Ross and E! fashion correspondent George Kostiopoulos who showed the actress the ropes. “They really taught me a great deal. They would give me names of designers to watch or magazines to buy. And I started to develop a language around fashion.”

“Style is a way to define who I am out in the world versus the character I play versus the character I am playing,” the expectant mother who counts her eternity brand and gold engagement ring as the only two things she wears every day. “I pin them to my clothing on set. That way, I always have them with me.”

Could she be any more perfect?