Kerry Washington*Kerry Washington is one of those stars who leaves it all on the screen and doesn’t offer fans much insight into her personal life.

The actress has made it clear that she doesn’t want to talk about her marriage or any of her personal matters, but she is willing to discuss her hit series “Scandal.”

Washington opened up about the experience of being apart of “Scandal,” which airs Thursdays on ABC at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Do you ever suggest plot ideas?
In the very first season, we all used to sit around and talk about things we wanted to suggest but we realized really early on that whatever the writers would come up with was like ten times better than any ideas that we would have. There have been situations where one or two of us have come up with some backstory that the writers have used, but for the most part, in terms of moving forward, these writers know what they’re doing. We are shocked every week.

Do you think this show can keep up the pace that it did last year?

What I love most about Olivia is the complexity and how strong she is and how vulnerable she is, but somehow is able to deal with the things in her life depending on the circumstance. I love that challenge as an actor. I really don’t know how they do it and I ask myself how they are gonna top it because season two ended in such a powerful way. Then we started up again and I was like, “We got this.” What’s really great is how they split up the season so that it feels more like two seasons of a cable show. It’s really strong. The first season was only seven episodes because the writers were like, “Let’s go for it and go hard and put it all out on the table” and then when we got picked up, we were like, “We can’t pull back now.”

Scandal has become a pop culture phenomenon. What’s that like for you?
One of the things that I was most grateful for was that we were still working. As this buzz was happening, you could feel it with covers on Entertainment WeeklyTime and TV Guide, but we were all way too busy memorizing our three-page monologues that we couldn’t really obsess about it, which I think is really good. It’s better to be able to stay busy.