Bellamy Young, 43, empties her purse for Us. Credit: Michael Pirrocco

 What would FLOTUS tote? Is she's Mellie Grant, nothing. Bellamy Young, the actress who plays Scandal's first lady (ABC, Thursday, 10 P.M.), jokes, "Someone else would be handling that for Mellie!". Off the set, Young does her own heavy lifting, so she tells us what's inside her Jill Milan Soho carryall.

Word Play

"I've always got a New York Times crossword going. I get my astronaut pen out - it writes in zero gravity! - and do a puzzle, and I'm happy."

Stars Align

"I can't live without my iPhone. I especially love Susan Miller's Astrology Zone app. Kerry Washington turned me on to it - we compare horoscopes all the time."

Name dropping

"I was drawn to Nars' Scandal lip gloss. It's the most wearable color ever: Kismet!"

Animal House

"I foster rescues, so I keep leash and treats with me. Right now, I have three cats and a dog. A whole little zoo in my house!"

On the Nose

"The people at Tata Harper gave me some aromatic treatments. One is for irritability, which is hilarious. I looked at it and said, 'Did you guys make this for Mellie?'"