Credit: Diego Uchitel for O, The Oprah Magazine

Darby Stanchfield is showing off her sexy side in the April issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, as the Scandal actress -- who plays gladiator Abby Whelan -- trades her go-to Diane von Furstenberg wrap dresses from the ABC series for slinky gowns and bright prints.

"I’m starting have more fun with color," Stanchfield, 42, said at the magazine shoot. "Lyn Paolo, Scandal’s costume designer, has been putting me in the fabulous shades, and it’s bleeding into my regular life."

Indeed, the redheaded actress wears a vibrant blue and white checkered skirt by CH Carolina Herrera with a printed AYR tee in one image. She adds even more color with a bright pink lip.

Stanchfield then takes a sexier turn in a metallic Josie Natori gown with a very-low back. "I am obsessed with this dress.  It’s so supple and drapes beautifully," she said. "The fabric looks like someone poured gold on my skin."

She also models a casual look in a blue Ralph Lauren blazer, a Marc Jacobs top, Pink sweater, and wide-leg Rachel Zoe pants, while carrying a colorblocked MCM clutch.