Scandal Star Kerry Washington Talks Olivia Pope’s Fashion, Reveals Favorite Shows

Kerry Washington was making waves on the red carpet long before skyrocketing to TV glory on “Scandal.”

The gorgeous star’s fashion – which earned her a stint as a guest judge on “Project Runway’s” season finale – is usually breathtakingly bold at events, but Kerry prefers to keep it casual at home.

“My own personal style in life is really based on comfort,” Kerry told Access Hollywood, at the “Project Runway” finale show during New York Fashion Week on Friday. “I’m a jeans and like, James Perse T-shirt kind of girl. But on the carpet, I like to have a lot of fun.

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“I think of red carpet moments as creative endeavors – a moment to have an artful endeavor,” she added.

The 36-year-old beauty said her love of fashion has been useful when developing her “Scandal” character, crisis manager Olivia Pope.

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“One of the things I really love about Olivia Pope is I really got to bring a lot of my fashion wisdom to the character in working with the costume designer… I love her fashion,” she said. “When people come up to me in the street and say, ‘I want Olivia’s closet,’ I say, ‘Me too!’

“One of the things I like about it is that it’s not how I dress. Olivia really has her own way of dressing that’s really clear in my mind,” she continued. “I know when I put something on whether it’s Olivia or not. And it helps me to get in character.”

“Scandal” has earned a loyal audience (shout out to the Gladiators!) – many of whom binge-watched the first and second seasons.

Kerry said she can relate, as she’s been binge-watching a few shows herself.

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“I’ve been binge-watching ‘The Newsroom’ a little bit, and I love to binge-watch ‘The Amazing Race’ from my DVR,” she told Access.

There is one show, however, that the Emmy-nominated star said she must watch in real time.

“I love ‘Game of Thrones’ and I can never binge-watch it because I have to watch it Sunday nights when it airs,” she said. “That’s a show I have to watch!”

“Scandal” Season 3 premieres on October 3 at 10/9c on ABC.

-- Erin O’Sullivan

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