Ever Carradine tries out spring’s Forties-style fitted suits on the set of her new show, “Commander in Chief.”
LOS ANGELES — “I’ve become more conservative in my fashion choices,” says actress and clotheshorse Ever Carradine, 31. Maybe her new job has something to do with it. As Kelly Ludlow, press secretary to Geena Davis’ President MacKenzie Allen, Carradine has been sporting all-American button-downs, suits and cashmere sweaters on prime time this fall.
Known for comedic turns in movies like “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” and “My Boss’s Daughter,” Carradine, who is the daughter of actor Robert Carradine and niece of Keith and David Carradine, decided to take on a serious role this year.
“When I read the script, it was so good that I would have done craft services just to be part of it,” she says of the “Commander in Chief” pilot. “This is my first real out-and-out drama. No one ever buys me as a cop or a lawyer.”
Despite the show’s serious tone, Carradine says things are light between takes. “You’d think it would be all business on set, but we have a great time,” she says. “[Co-star] Donald Sutherland is intimidating [in the character he plays] but he’s a goofball, and Geena’s just funny.”
For WWD’s shoot, Carradine wears spring’s best new suits — a touch more feminine or retro than what might fly in the real Oval Office, but perfect for a Hollywood ingenue. “Suits make me feel really put together,” she says. “I think they can be really feminine or sexpot, like a little pencil skirt and a fitted jacket.”
Until now, Kelly’s clothes have been classic all-American, but that soon will change in the show’s Thanksgiving episode. “The White House brings in a strategist to test how everyone is polling, and they say that my character is testing low on confidence and sophistication, so I have to lose the girl-next-door look,” she explains. So it’s off to the hairdresser for a shorter, blonder ‘do and some sassy new threads. “So far, I’ve never been in a dress or shown my arms, but in the Thanksgiving episode I’m wearing a pretty Chloé dress. That’s the fun of my job. My character is trying to make a fashion statement and still look young, not dated.”
In real life, Carradine veers toward casual (Wrangler jeans, boots, a good bag and a cashmere sweater) or cocktail (Catherine Malandrino, Tracy Feith, Chloé, Miu Miu and Manolo Blahnik).
“I’ve been working six days a week so I haven’t had as much time as I want to shop,” she says. Over her Thanksgiving holiday she and her husband, musician Coby Brown (they wed last month), plan to vacation in Sun Valley, Idaho, with a small detour. “We like to drive up and stop in Las Vegas for dinner and some gambling. I also like the outlet mall in Primm, Nev. Once I went to Neiman’s Last Call and got three pairs of Habitual jeans for, like, $20 each!”
— Marcy Medina