Kerry Washington Covers Parade: ‘I Barely Survived Django Emotionally’ [Details]

Rucuss staffMay 3, 2013

Scandal star Olivia Pope graces the new cover of Parade magazine.

Pope, who is the first Black woman to carry a network drama in nearly 40 years, opens up about the emotional roller coaster Django Unchained put her through. She also talks about whether or not she’s talked to President Barack Obama about Scandal, her new role in Tyler Perry’s Peeples and what career she’d be in if this whole acting thing didn’t work out.

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Check out a few excerpts from Parade’s interview below.

On her work on the controversial film Django Unchained: “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.”

On the dysfunctional Washington D.C. portrayed in the series: “The story lines…push what’s possible. But there are stories on the news that change what we think is possible all the time. You hear about a governor who’s disappeared into the Appalachian trail because he has a South American lover, or somebody else’s behavior on Twitter. I mean, if you want to look at presidents having affairs—there are about four I can think of off the top of my head.”

On her recent work schedule: “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.”

On whether, as a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, she is aware of President Obama’s view of the show: “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.”

On her role in the new Tyler Perry-produced romantic comedy Peeples, and knowing when to lighten up: “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.”

On her surprising choice of career if she hadn’t found acting: [Although she won an acting scholarship to attend George Washington University, she majored in sociology and anthropology. “I wanted to study people. I thought I would either teach or be a shrink.”

Read the entire interview in Sunday’s Parade this weekend.

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