October 31st, 2013
06:01 PM ET
Kerry Washington may be secretive about her marriage, but her sexuality? Not so much.
The actress has been at the center of rumors that she's a lesbian thanks to her frequent demurring about her romantic life, but the 36-year-old tells The Advocate that her silence isn't an intent to hide anything.
"It’s interesting how much people long to fill in the gaps when someone in the public eye doesn’t share their personal life. I understand their frustration," Washington says. "I like how people will post pictures of me with other women that I adore, hugging on red carpets, and say, 'See?' Are we so uncomfortable with love between two people of the same gender that we immediately label it as sexual? But I’ve never been bothered by the lesbian rumor. There’s nothing offensive about it, so there’s no reason to be offended."
Washington doesn't have plenty of experience as a lesbian on-screen, though. The "Scandal" star played the lover of Brittany Murphy's character in "The Dead Girl," and went to "lesbian boot camp" for Spike Lee's 2004 film, "She Hate Me." Yet for Washington, the boot camp was old hat - she already had a "leg up (no pun intended) over most of the other women in the movie" thanks to her progressive upbringing.
"I went into it with a lot more information. The best part for me was when we would just go hang out together in lesbian clubs," Washington recalls. "I always approach a role like an anthropologist, so I like to lose myself in a culture and an identity. It was amazing to spend time in that world."
If the opportunity ever came for Washington to play the lover of Dusty Springfield in a biopic, a concept that was first connected with Kristin Chenoweth and then the singer Adele, the actress is game.
"Listen, I’m still a little partial to Kristin because she’s so amazing, but I’d be honored to play the lover of either one of those gorgeous, talented women," Washington says.
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