'Django Unchained' left Kerry Washington emotionally drained

May 06, 2013, 02:25 IST | PTI

Kerry Washington was emotionally drained after playing a slave in Oscar-nominated film "Django Unchained".

The 36-year-old actress believes it was extremely tough to play a woman trapped in slavery, reported Contactmusic. "I feel like I barely survived 'Django' emotionally. The violence. Hearing the N-word every day.

Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington. Pic/Santa Banta

It cost me a lot psychologically, but it was worth it to tell that story," Washington said. Washington starred alongside Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio in the film. The actress said she finds switching between her complex characters extremely difficult.

"I had two days between finishing 'Django' and starting up again on 'Scandal'. It was nuts. That first day back I had to walk across the Rose Garden in heels. I thought, 'I don't remember how to walk like Olivia Pope anymore.

' I'd been barefoot in the woods for months playing a slave." Washington is now looking forward to Tyler Perry's new romantic comedy "Peeples". "I'm a goofy person. That's how I ended up in 'Peeples'. Tyler Perry saw me joking around and said, 'I had no idea you were this silly," she added.

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