The 36-year-old Scandal star, who is a Best-Dressed List regular, wears selections from Marc Jacobs, Carine Gilson Lingerie Couture, Giorgio Armani, Balmain, and more chosen by stylist Samira Nasr for a Horst Diekgerdes-photographed Elle shoot.
Called “Hollywood’s best kept secret” by the magazine, Kerry is breaking rules and records with her hit political drama series, which currently boasts over 8 million viewers.
It will end its second season with a nail-biting finale on May 16th, and Kerry has now ventured into a rare comedic role in Tyler Perry‘s Peeples, in theaters May 10th.
In inside the issue, which hits newsstands on May 21st, Kerry speaks on her success, the career she thought she wanted to have, and much more.
See snippets from the interview, shots from her editorial spread, and behind-the-scenes video below.
On her current success:
“I’m the luckiest broad in Hollywood now. To be the lead actor on Scandal and to be in the highest-earning Tarantino movie- I don’t get to ask for more.”
On if she ever considered modeling:
“I was not that girl. I was a kooky theater kid, silly and goofy and academic.”
On getting red-carpet ready:
“I found out I enjoy the process. All these people show up at my house, they all have kits, someone has dresses. And it’s like, Let’s have fun. It’s not all about me. We’re able to create stories on the red carpet.”
On the career she thought she’d pursue:
“I imagined I’d be a clinical psychologist, with a focus on how performance shapes identity. I’d figure out ways to use role-playing in the healing of people.”