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Although your used to seeing Kerry Washington aka Olivia Pope dressed to the nine in tailored suits and heels- she’s stripping down (not literally) and opening up as the cover girl for SELF Mag’s new September 2015 issue! Kerry gives the magazine an up close and personal glimpse inside one of the most important parts of her day- her 6:30 am Pilates workout session! The early morning interview took place on the Hollywood set of Scandal inside her customized workout room and Washington sheds light on topics of inspiration, motivation, and happiness. She also talks learning about herself through her character Olivia Pope over the past 4 years “My characters come into my life in times when I need to learn something from them”. She talks her immense love of Pilates and how important it is to her life. “With pilates, I get to bring my true self. I cry, I laugh. I get to go: Where is my body today? What do I need today? How can I take care of myself and push myself past my comfort zone? How can I be both loving and challenging?” She reveals the reason behind waking up early to workout stating “I try to get it in so I can be back with my kid early”. Washington is referring to her 17 month old daughter Isabelle with husband and former NFL baller Nnamdi Asomugha. Kerry states “I have to take care of myself in order to live life the way I want to”.