Kerry Washington Talks Fashion and Secret Marriage as Glamour's Cover Girl

The actress opens up about her real life gladiators and why she decided to improve her style.

Posted: 09/04/2013 12:38 PM EDT
Kerry Washington

(Photo: Glamour Magazine, October 2013)

Kerry Washington is having the time of her life. Not only is the newlywed continuing to revel in her Scandal success, but it seems that glossies can't get enough of her. The actress is currently gracing the cover of Glamour's October issue and she's on fire. In her interview, Washington talks about the strong ties she shares with her gladiators, why she kept her marriage a secret, and learning to love fashion.

"It started out as, like, Good-Student Kerry," she says of her style early on in her career. "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, who's a good friend, and literally asked, 'How do you pronounce Hermès?' Red-Carpet Kerry needed to know," she continued.

It didn't take long before Washington fell in love with fashion and now everyone can agree that she kills it both on screen and off. The actress also opened up about who her real-life gladiators are and one way in which she differs from Olivia Pope.

"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," Washington says.

Washington shocked the world by secretly marrying San Francisco 49ers cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha when no one even knew they were dating. She says that she used to be more open about her love life, but then decided that she'd rather keep mum about the personal.

"I learned through experience that it doesn't work for me to talk about my personal life. I've had earlier times in my career when I did talk about it. I was on the cover of a bridal magazine [InStyle Weddings, in 2005, when Washington was engaged to actor David Moscow]. But I couldn't just turn around and say, 'I only want to talk about the good stuff, but not the bad stuff.' So I just thought, 'OK, no more.'"


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