By Lanford Beard
June 13, 2012 at 12:00 PM EDT

From the first and second trailers for Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, it may not look like much of a love story, but star Kerry Washington insists the geek auteur’s flick isn’t all blood splattering on cotton bolls (though that shot is spectacular). As Broomhilda, the wife of the title character (Jamie Foxx), Washington found herself “at the opposite end of history” from her day job as D.C. power broker Olivia Pope on ABC’s Scandal.

Washington took a break from filming Django in New Orleans to chat with EW about the buzz-y project. Below, she discusses reuniting with Ray co-star Foxx, working with Leonardo DiCaprio (who plays cruel plantation boss Calvin Candie), and how Broomhilda and Olivia stack up against one another.

Django Unchained opens Dec. 25.

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