Kerry Washington, Elle Magazine

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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 "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."

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."

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