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Scandal sensation Kerry Washington shines bright on the November issue of Essence magazine.  Scandal returns Thursday, October 3rd and we’re having a Scandal Watch Party for the season premiere. Click here for details.

For the November issue, ESSENCE sits down with Kerry Washington to talk all things Scandal.

Washington, who plays the dynamic Olivia Pope on the oh-so-addictive series Scandal, is amazed at just how popular the show has become over the past two seasons. “People are sitting on their couches and they’re in a relationship with us. When people come up to me, they’re saying, ‘What are you going to do next week?'”

Every Thursday night 8.5 million die-hard fans, or Gladiators, are tuned in for the Scandal served by Olivia Pope.

Essence asks the 36-year-old what divides the Olivia from Kerry. Washington says, “Olivia has three [fashion] modes: Work Olivia, Black-Tie Gala Olivia and At Home Olivia… My fashion is more eclectic: There’s Going to Work Kerry, which is gym clothes and Nike kicks. That’s the Bronx girl. There’s also Red Carpet Kerry and Out to Dinner With Friends Kerry.”

On what a Girls’ Night Out for Olivia would be, Washington says “it would involve a lot of wine.” For her, “I drink maybe twice a year. I would be with my three best friends from high school or my girlfriends from the show.”

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