Kerry Washington rolls up in jeans and flats. They’re designer flats, but this is off-duty mom mode, at least until the Scandal star emerges from her trailer a bit later in a chic patterned crop top, high-waisted skirt, glittery heels and violet lips.
It’s fair to say Olivia Pope, the fictional Washington fixer the actress has steered to two Emmy nominations, has a different take on workwear.
Just sneak into Olivia Pope’s closet. “It’s nuts,” Washington says on the set, having unlocked the door to her character’s massive wardrobe. Look around the giant space and see overflowing racks of luxe clothing in muted tones: rows of dove-grey and powder-blue cashmere sweaters, counters holding cream and shell-pink Prada bags and stacks of boxed Manolo Blahnik heels.
“The other day I had this really beautiful brown suit on and everybody was like, ‘Whoa, we haven’t seen brown in awhile!’ she says. “I was like, ‘I know, I think not since Season 2.’ ”
Clothes say a lot, especially on Scandal. “For a couple of seasons things got very black and white in her world, and I think there’s a little bit of nuance back into her world and into her ideology,” Washington says.
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