By Dana Rose Falcone
March 03, 2016 at 12:00 PM EST
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While Katie Lowes’ Scandal character didn’t originally understand why she was chosen as one of Olivia Pope’s gladiators, the 34-year-old star knows exactly why she decided to go into acting. 

“At the base of it, why you’re an actor, is because you want to affect people,” Lowes told EW editor Henry Goldblatt on his SiriusXM radio show. “You want to affect change. I feel like a lot of the time, the projects you get to work on are the avenues on which you get to do those things.”

As part of EW’s Beyond Beautiful campaign, Lowes discussed why she feels the ABC drama she’s starred on since 2012 has been an ideal outlet for tackling topical issues. “We get to comment on race, politics, and sexual orientation and all these things,” the New York native says. “And I feel like those are the things you want to talk about.”

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Lowes adds that in addition to discussing those topics on the red carpet, she also wouldn’t mind talking about books and music she enjoys, along with the significance of her current project. “As actors, you’re a storyteller, and I feel like the industry can get mixed up with what are the important things?” the actress, who plays Quinn Perkins, says.

Check out the video above to hear what Lowes had to say about seeing her Scandal costar Kerry Washington on EW’s Beyond Beautiful cover last month.

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Shonda Rhimes’ political drama: Sex! Murder! Olivia’s suits!
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