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Kerry Washington Named “Hollywood’s Sexiest Drama Queen” On The Cover Of Maxim Australia

Submitted by on June 26, 2013 – 11:04 amNo Comment

Screen siren Kerry Washington unchains her cleavage for the cover of the July 2013 issue of Maxim Australia.

Named “Hollywood’s Sexiest Drama Queen,” the star of the hit ABC television series Scandal sinks her razor-sharp, blood-red nails into some meaty issues for the mag. Washington, who starred opposite Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio in the 2012 Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained opened up about what drew her to the controversial role of Broomhilda, a slave torn away from her husband.

“I wanted to be a part of this incredible project that represents a painful part of US history but also creates a hero out of it,” Washington said of the film’s lead character, Django, a slave who fights to free his wife.  “There were people who fought for freedom and rebelled but we don’t hear those stories. This is obviously not a documentary or a true story but it’s exciting to watch Jamie become this badarse cowboy hero.”

Despite the serious subject matter, Tarantino’s focus for the film was on the romance. “Quentin was always saying to Jamie, ‘Don’t forget, this is a love story.’  I think one of the great things about Quentin is that he’s so complicated as a human being. He is so excited about these exploitation films and yet so believes in the real humanity of people,” Washington said. “He is so into blood and gore but such a romantic. These seemingly contradictory ideas that he embodies so fluidly are why his films are so great—because he’s paying attention to both of those aspects.”

More importantly, Kerry hoped the film will help people pay attention to the importance of on African-American history. “We don’t deal openly with the reality of what was done,” she says of slavery in America. “Partly because it’s so uncomfortable. It’s so horrific. It would take a director like Tarantino, who’s not afraid of that level of violence, to even tell the story. It was that bad. We tend to think, ‘No, that’s just sci-fi fantasy s—.’ We all should have seen this coming, though. When you kill off Hitler in a movie, your next project is going to be this.”

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