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    Kerry Washington to Elle: I'm the Luckiest Broad in Hollywood Now"

    Kerry Washington, Elle Magazine Horst Diekgerdes / ELLE

    Kerry Washington's got a lot going on right now, and she's not taking it for granted!

    In Elle magazine's June 2013 issue, the Peeples star opens up on her career success so far. "I'm the luckiest broad in Hollywood now," she tells the mag (as excerpted by JustJared.com). "To be the lead actor on Scandal and to be in the highest-earning [Quentin] Tarantino movie [Django Unchained]—I couldn't ask for more."

    But the 36-year-old beauty didn't always envision herself as an actress. "I imagined I'd be a clinical psychologist, with a focus on how performance shapes identify," she explains. "I'd figure out ways to use role-playing in the healing of people."

    VIDEO: Kerry explains to Chelsea Handler she has not slept with Barack Obama!

    Fortunately for audiences everywhere, Kerry took her talents to the big and small screen. Clearly she excels there, but that's not the only part of being an actress she enjoys.

    "I found out I enjoy the process [of getting red-carpet ready]," she says. "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."

    PHOTOS: See Kerry and all the stars on the red carpet at the 2013 Met Gala

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