Kerry Washington took a break from the glamorous and powerful Scandal character Olivia Pope to sit down with Jay Leno and discuss her role in the new Quentin Tarantino film, Django Unchained.
Kerry plays a slave named Broomhilda von Shaft who is separated from her husband, played by Jamie Foxx, after she is sold to a plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio) during pre-civil America.
Kerry is truly a method actress, as she endured a real whipping on an actual slave plantation. The whipping may seem extreme, but Kerry justifies her decision by saying: “We should honor the story that we’re telling and honor the people who lived through this horrible tragedy and try to be as real as possible.”
Press play to hear our Vibe cover girl dish about the emotionally trying experience of portraying a slave and becoming a vegan after a trip to India.