Kerry Washington covers this issue of Net-A-Porter’s The Edit magazine and talks about Scandal’s strengths and the importance of Olivia Pope’s heels.
Below are some excerpts from the interview:
Is your husband [former NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha] ‘Team Fitz’ or does he want Olivia to stand in the sun?
I have never asked my husband that, actually. But I would say that we are all ‘Team Shonda’. I really love that in the episode Where The Sun Don’t Shine, Olivia said, “I choose me.” That is a really powerful message.
Let’s talk about Scandal style. The clothing did something from the very beginning.
The fashion on the show is almost another character – [costume designer] Lyn Paolo and I were on the same page about that from day one. When we sat down to discuss Olivia’s wardrobe, we had pulled all the same images off the internet and from magazines. I think because Lyn had worked on [political] shows like The West Wing before, she really understood the aesthetic of Washington, and I had already been working for the White House for two years when I started this job. We wanted to get out of the typical navy-blue, boxy, ‘woman in a man’s suit’ definition of power dressing.
How would you define your personal style?
I’m a very moody dresser. For the red carpet, I am totally a stiletto girl. But in the rest of my life, I would say I’m 50/50. I love a good heel, but I also have a really great sneaker collection – that’s the Bronx girl in me.
If you weren’t an actress, what would you be doing? Do you think you would be in politics?
I would be involved in politics, but I would probably be teaching. It’s what my mother did, so it’s in my blood. My mother is so badass. I watched her get her doctorate when I was a little girl: she got that around the same time that I graduated from kindergarten so
we both had caps and gowns. I grew up with a belief in the importance of a woman’s mind and that has been a real gift for me.
Photographs By Bjorn Iooss
Styling By Tracy Taylor