'Scandal' star Kerry Washington on gay rumors
October 31st, 2013
06:01 PM ET

'Scandal' star Kerry Washington on gay rumors

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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  1. ug

    She is a donut pusher alright...

    November 25, 2013 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. the blood

    it's actually VERY OFFENSIVE ..... to God, who condemns it, and to those of us who agree with Him that this is perverse behavior. Not everyone is "not offended".

    November 19, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      God spoke to you? Ask him why he chose you to represent him. The bible says many things by the way. And if you are a woman for speaking out you are to be killed. If you cut your hair you are to be killed. People want to concentrate on just this one small part of the bible. What about all the other nonsense in it?

      November 20, 2013 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
    • oh please

      God is a myth

      grow up and stop supporting myths

      November 25, 2013 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. voiceotc

    Reblogged this on Voice of the culture and commented:
    Kerry Washington Responds to Gay Rumors!

    November 13, 2013 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Davis

    Uh, isnt she pregnant by her husband right now? why does this article exist? and who cares?

    November 5, 2013 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. Sarah

    Who cares who she sleeps with? None of anyone's business. She's a damn good actress and Scandal is the best thing to hit TV since the Walking Dead!

    November 4, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Steve Ryan

    Hi Yahoo don't worry we will do the pro-gay story of the day today....

    November 1, 2013 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jackson

      And it will bring all the haters out, thus increasing the popularity of the article, and signaling that they should post more of them since it will continue to bring the haters out in droves.

      If haters stayed away from these stories, they would take a serious nose dive in popularity and they would stop getting published. It's fun to watch the haters be responsible for bringing about the continuation of things they hate. They are just too stupid to get that.

      November 4, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Olivia

    Her words make sense to me. Why ever do certain personal aspects of people really pertain to others and their lives is what I often wonder.

    November 1, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beezlebub

      It's a cold, not a virus. Get some rest and drink plenty of liquids. And fk off, while yer at it.

      November 1, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • just sayin..

      @GWSnark: that's funny cuz yer Mom told me about all the interracial gay porn she found under yer bed, next to that crusty towel.

      November 1, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Isaac

    I had no clue she was rumored to be a lesbian. Who is her alleged partner?

    November 1, 2013 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |

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