Kerry Washington likes to make "bold" fashion choices.
The 'Scandal' star - who plays crisis manager Olivia Pope in the hit ABC show - enjoys showing off her figure on the red carpet and thinks her own vibrant look is a world away from her on-screen persona's "neutral" style.
The raven-haired beauty - who gave birth to her daughter, Isabelle Amarachi, with her husband, Nnamdi Asomugha, in June last year - said: "Red-Carpet Kerry wears a lot more colour and pattern than Olivia does. She makes bold choices. When I was pregnant, I showed up at the SAG awards in a bare-midriff gown by Prada. I knew some people were going to hate it, but I thought it was super cute and really fun.
"Olivia, meanwhile, sticks to a more neutral palette in pastels by designers like Dior, Ferragamo, and Escada."
However, the 38-year-old actress - who launched her 'The Limited Scandal' clothing line with the show's costume designer Lyn Paolo and The Limited's Senior VP of Design, Elliot Staples, last year - believes Olivia's style has had a "huge influence" on viewers.
She told the March issue of InStyle magazine: "After the first couple of episodes aired, people started posting on Twitter things like ,'I have a job interview today, and I'm trying to dress like Olivia Pope.'
"Olivia's had a huge influence."