Django Unchained is a difficult movie to sit through. It's something Tarantino fans are used to, but this one, of course, has a whole other element. He didn't sugarcoat the racism in the antebellum South, and forced Americans to face a past they probably didn't want to.

The actors have said that filming was difficult and charged, especially because they used an actual plantation that used to have slaves. In the new issue of Parade, Kerry Washington admits it was tough.

"I feel like I barely survived Django emotionally. The violence. Hearing the N-world every day. It cost me a lot psychologically," she said, "but it was worth it to tell that story."

She also plays Washington badass Olivia Pope on ABC's Scandal, which is, needless to say, a lot different from Django. "I had two days between finishing Django and starting up again on Scandal. It was nuts," she said. "The 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."

Read her whole interview over at Parade.

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[via Parade]