Kerry Washington graces the brand new April 2015 cover and pages of Marie Claire magazine. And it's gorgeous. The 35-year-old has been in this acting game for almost 20 years, and it shows. As the reigning queen (well, one of them at least) of TGIT on ABC, Kerry kicked back with her homie Lena Dunham -- the creator of "Girls" and self-proclaimed "Scandal" superfan -- for her cover story interview.
In the story, written by Lena, Kerry shares what she wants most for her daughter Isabelle, who turns 1 next month. (Are we the only ones itching to fully see this baby?!) She also explains why she's become a notoriously private person, how she overcame her insecurities as a little girl, and how she's come to master the game of fashion.
Here are the highlights (and more gorge pics) until the full story hits newsstands later this month:
Kerry Washington on privacy: "Earlier in my career I was much more super-sharey. There were moments when I wanted to process things that were happening to me more privately, and I didn't have the space to do it, because once you let people in, they're in and you don't get to say, 'Oh, I want this for myself.'"
On collaborating with "Scandal" creator Shonda Rhimes: "I'm very respectful of Shonda's vision of who Olivia [Pope] is, but she has said that she is informed by the choices I make. If we were waltzing, she's definitely leading. And she picked the song, and she probably dressed us, but it is a waltz."
On fashion: "I just put myself in a boot camp of figuring it out—and realized that I really loved it. I guess because I came to it later in life, I realized, 'Oh, going to a fashion show is like going to the opening of Degas at the Met or going to see Swan Lake.'"
On insecurities growing up: "I didn't grow up thinking I was pretty; there was always a prettier girl than me. So I learned to be smart and tried to be funny and develop the inside of me, because I felt like that's what I had."
On family: "I just want [daughter Isabelle] to know that she's heard. Really heard, because I feel like that is what we all really want. When I think about any of the missteps in my life that I've made, all of which I'm grateful for, it's because I just so wanted to be truly seen and heard for who I am and was afraid I wasn't or wouldn't be. I see you, I hear you, I'm with you as you are."
On Olivia Pope: "I don't think I consciously say, 'What would Olivia Pope do?' but there's a new thread of belief in my own capacity that I think comes from her. She makes it happen. She figures it out. She fixes it."