Kerry Washington has said she found filming the third season of Scandal challenging as she could not be as physical on set.
The 37-year-old actress, who gave birth to her daughter in April, told the Hollywood Reporter: "All of last season was a challenge for me, on a few levels."
She continued: "For one thing, I was going through this amazing physical transition, the physical journey of having a baby that my character was not going through.
"And I worked very physically. What I do is often grounded in the body. That meant 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 [character] Olivia's walk because of the changes," she said.
Washington added that she feels she rose to the challenge as an actress: "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.
"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."