Credit: Jan Welters

Every Thursday, millions (13.9 million, to be exact) tune into ABC to watch Scandal, and they do so for more than the undeniable chemistry between the show’s star, Kerry Washington, and the two men dangerously and viciously vying for her affection. The fashion worn by Washington’s character, Olivia Pope, plays a major role in the show’s draw each week, thanks to crisp suits and sophisticated toppers by the likes of Dior, Escada, and Salvatore Ferragamo—who she wears for her first appearance on the cover of InStyle, available on newsstands and for digital download Feb. 13.

Washington’s go-to style, however, is decidedly different. She arrived to our shoot at L.A.’s Milk Studios wearing a rosy pink Ella Moss top (which matched daughter Isabelle’s ruffled dress), black Vince pants, and $39 T-strap flats by MIA. In between dancing to hits by Beyoncé and doting on her other baby, shih tzu-Yorkie mix Josie, the 38-year-old chatted with us about her post-baby workout routine (yoga, pilates, and cardio).

Watch the video above for a sneak peek at some of the looks by Gucci, Alexander Wang, and Proenza Schouler that she wears inside our pages (as well as an inarguably adorable reaction to being at her first InStyle cover shoot). And for more of our candid chat with Washington, where the notoriously private star talks about juggling fame, a new husband, and an even newer baby, pick up the March issue of InStyle, available on newsstands and for digital download Feb. 13.