Filming the controversial movie Django Unchained was not easy for Kerry Washington.
The actress has revealed that the violent content and racially-charged language of the film took a psychological toll on her.
But Kerry, who has made a career of breaking past racial barriers, knows that ‘it was worth it to tell that story.’
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History maker: Kerry Washington opened up in latest issue of PARADE about Django Unchained and her groundbreaking turn in ABC’s Scandal
The 36-year-old’s recent interview with PARADE dug deep into her experience shooting the revisionist revenge tale about American slavery, directed by Quentin Tarantino.
Kerry told the magazine: ‘I feel like I barely survived Django emotionally. The violence. Hearing the N-word every day.
‘It cost me a lot psychologically, but it was worth it to tell that story.’
Tough business: Kerry admitted she almost didn’t emotionally survive the ordeal of playing a slave onscreen, pictured in Django Unchained
But the star of ABC’s Scandal is no stranger to breaking new ground.
While the hit television series features many implausible plot devices it has made history by casting Kerry as the lead.
The actress is the first African-American woman to helm a network drama in almost four decades.
Kerry admitted: ‘I didn’t realize…when I was auditioning for the role.
‘I knew that in my lifetime I’d never seen it.
‘But it didn’t compute to me that I’d be making history. I just fell in love with the character.’
Power player: The actress pictured at the White House Correspondents’ dinner, in April
Kerry, whose character on Scandal maintains a romance with the leader of the free world, in real life sits on the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
But she has yet to ask President Obama if he’s watched her show.
The actress explained: ‘I haven’t wanted to ask the president his opinion of the show. But I have lots of friends in the administration who love it. We make D.C. look sexy and exciting.’