Kerry Washington was left emotionally drained by 'Django Unchained'.

The 36-year-old actress - who starred in the western movie alongside Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo Dicaprio - has admitted found it extremely tough to play a woman trapped in slavery in the controversial film.

She told Parade 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.''

The 'Scandal' star - who won an acting scholarship to attend George Washington University but decided to major in sociology and anthropology - also revealed she previously thought about being a psychologist.

She said: ''I wanted to study people. I thought I would either teach or be a shrink.''

The actress has been extremely busy lately and has found it tough switching between her complex characters.

She said: ''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.''

But Kerry is looking forward to her fans seeing a different side of her in Tyler Perry's new romantic comedy 'Peeples'.

She said: ''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.''