Kerry Washington reveals shooting 'Scandal' Season 3 'really broke' her

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kerry-washington-scandal-hollywood-reporter-emmy-2014.jpgPlaying the lead character in a television show is a large challenge in itself -- now add pregnancy into the mix. Kerry Washington recently revealed to The Hollywood Reporter, shooting "Scandal" Season 3 while pregnant, was one of her biggest challenges in the business to date.

"All of last season was a challenge for me, on a few levels. For one thing, I was going through this amazing physical transition, this physical journey of having a baby, that my character was not going through. And I work very physically. What I do is often grounded in the body," the Emmy nominated actress tells the magazine.

Washington was pregnant with her first child with husband Nnamdi Asomugha during a majority of the third season of the hit ABC show and the actress admits it was hard working around her growing baby bump, "I had to figure out how to be this woman while my instrument was changing and evolving every day. It was like seeing the keys on a piano jump around on a daily basis. It was tough for me to even maintain Olivia's walk because of the changes," she explains.

With pregnancy came additional emotional changes as well, Washington reveals, "At the same time, everything I understood about Olivia unraveled because of the storylines. The season really broke me. I'm a Type A actor who likes to have it all figured out going in, but suddenly I had no idea where this woman was going to go next. I had to jump in without everything being perfect."

The experience with shooting while pregnant was also a real learning experience for the actress, "I felt like I had been in control playing the character, but it all got taken away from me last season. That meant my acting toolbox had to be upgraded. I had to trade in my screwdriver and hammer for a Black and Decker power tool," Washington tells THR.

Washington gave birth to daughter Isabelle on April 21, so Olivia Pope will be back to her old self in Season 4.

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