As we patiently await the return of Scandal on October 3, we are more than delighted to see Olivia Pope Kerry Washington on the cover of the October issue of Glamour. Donning Dolce & Gabbana and Dior, the actress strikes a mean pose aboard a G4 jet. And the interview serves just as juicy as Kerry (sorta) spills the beans on her secret wedding to 49ers football player Nnamdi Asomugha as well as learning how to pronounce Hermes.
On how her style has evolved:
“It started out as, like, Good-Student Kerry. OK, I’m going to admit this: There were a couple of actresses whom I felt were having the upper hand careerwise—because they knew how to work that red carpet. I was like, ‘I’m missing a really important tool. If I am the CEO of the Kerry Washington Corporation, my marketing department is really lax.’ So I sort of developed a new character: Red-Carpet Kerry. And I researched her like any other character. I actually called Tracee Ellis Ross [the actress and Diana Ross’s daughter], who’s a good friend, and literally asked, “How do you pronounce Hermès?” Red-Carpet Kerry needed to know.”
On her secret June wedding:
“I’m walking around in the world with my ring. And when people say congratulations, I say thank you. But I’m going to continue to not talk about it and just let it unfold. I don’t want to sound smug about it…but the point is to do what’s best for me. I have girlfriends in this business who talk about their personal lives, and it works for them, and I love it. But not for me.”
On who are the real gladiators in her life:
“My closest girlfriends from college, and I’m really close to the girls on the show. It’s a sisterhood.… That’s the big thing that really differentiates me from Olivia: She compartmentalizes her relationships. I really try to let my friends into all of my life. They know that Red-Carpet Kerry is a version of Kerry, and they know that DNC Speaker Kerry is me.”