"I'm the luckiest broad in Hollywood now," she told the mag. "To be the lead actor on 'Scandal' and to be in the highest-earning Tarantino movie -- I don't get to ask for more."
Washington was recognized for her role as slave Broomhilda von Schaft, the wife of
The 36-year-old will next appear in Tina Gordon Chism's comedy "Peeples," alongside "The Office's"
But her recent success seems to be unexpected. If you were to ask her if she ever thought she'd be an actress or model, she'd say no.
"I was not that girl. I was a kooky theater kid, silly and goofy and academic," she said. "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."
Washington dons designs by Giorgio
"I found out I enjoy the process," she said. "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."
And she totally has. Monday night she wore a black and floral
The June edition of Elle hits newsstands May 21.
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