Django Unchained star Kerry Washington admits that she was initially put off becoming an actress because she didn't want to become a celebrity.

The 36-year-old actress explained that she never thought that she would have an acting career as her family are highly academic.

Speaking to Weekend magazine, Kerry said: ''I'm the daughter of a professor, so ... well, I think acting's not a real job. I come from this sort of academic, working middle-class family where you make something respectable of your life ... I always loved acting, but I think for a long time, in my brain, the desire to be an actor was equivalent to the desire to be famous.

"I did not want to be famous. I did not want to be that girl. I thought that if you wanted to be an actress, you had to want to be on the front cover of magazines, otherwise you shouldn't do it.''

The Scandal actresses further revealed that she holds her family responsible for keeping her grounded, adding: ''I'm lucky I come from a really grounded family and I have the three best friends from high school who have made it their job to remain unimpressed by everything I do. If I started being super-diva Kerry, they would be like, 'What is that?' ''