Amanda Seyfried and Justin Timberlake on W’s October Cover

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Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried stump for W magazine's October issue.

W magazine’s October issue salutes campaign season with Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried posing as a tongue-in-chic presidential couple—and winking naughtily at the inevitable scandalous headlines.

The co-stars of upcoming futuristic thriller In Time appear on the cover as an all-American power couple.

Turn to the inside pages, though, and Seyfried transforms from a cool blonde wife into a lush brunette mistress.

As the First Lady-in-waiting, Seyfried epitomizes the shellacked Washington style, tapping into the fall trend of structured dresses in glossy fabrics.

On the cover, she gleams in a gold Calvin Klein Collection sheath. In other shots, she wears ladylike Carolina Herrera in substantial duchesse satin.

For her mistress persona, she slips into Agent Provocateur’s silk kimono and a Calvin Klein bra.

Their interviews are far more candid than any politician’s—especially Seyfried’s.

The wide-eyed actress claims, “Sex scenes are great. A lot of my costars have been sexy guys my age, and so, why not? I’m not going to pretend it’s not fun. Justin was great—he had come from Friends with Benefits, where he basically had sex every day at work—and so it was easy for both of us.”

She also sheds some light on her dating history. “Making a movie is, in general, romantic. It’s very special, very intimate. So you can see why a lot of actors get together. When you’re young, it’s hard not to get together with your costar.”

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JT puts everything on the line for a mysterious brunette (aka Amanda Seyfried).

Timberlake agrees to an extent, saying “movies as a form are romantic to me.” But his idea of cinematic romance is quite broad, as he reveals his taste for both the steamy film Lust, Caution and a comic song from Singin’ in the Rain.

The pop star/actor/designer can relate to at least one aspect of a scrutinized political candidate. “I have to laugh about the fact that I grew up in public,” he explains. “Why did no one tell me how terrible some of those outfits were?”

The halls of power seem to be inspiring many a fashion spread these days—witness the Margaret Thatcher-themed photos in the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar. Michelle Obama’s not the only capitol fashion fixation it seems…

W’s October issue hits newsstands next week. In the meantime, check out another powerful cover story.