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Kerry Washington: The Advocate Interview

I interviewed Kerry Washington in the summer of 2008 at the Democratic National Convention in Denver and she was so pretty I coulda cried.

But she’s much more than a pretty face as any viewer of ABC’s Scandal well knows.

Kerry, who it’s just been revealed is pregnant with her first child, has long been an LGBT ally and her chat with The Advocate just came out today.

Here are some excerpts:

On lesbian rumors: “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. 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.”

On battling homophobia within the black community: “Something that brings me great joy is knowing what Scandal’s audience looks like in terms of African-American households and knowing that so many African-American people and families are being introduced to our characters James and Cyrus. It’s really exciting that millions of viewers each week are living life with this amazing, complex couple, stepping into their gay marriage and adoption experience, which is such a vital storyline in our show.”

On why she expresses her support of LGBT rights on Twitter: “When there are crimes against humanity being committed in the world, we are all so vulnerable. We have to look out for and protect each other. … I like when people express a difference of opinion on Twitter, because that’s so wonderful about the country we live in. You don’t have to agree with me, but if you come at me with hatred and slurs, I will block you.”

On her most beautiful leading man: “Oh, gosh! I can’t compare! It’s like asking a mother to pick her favorite child. I have been so lucky to work with the most amazing leading men in Hollywood, from James McAvoy to Jamie Foxx to Tony Goldwyn. How do you even begin to choose?”

On whether she could see herself opposite Adele as Dusty Springfield’s lover in a rumored biopic: “Sure! Listen, I’m still a little partial to Kristin [Chenoweth] because she’s so amazing, but I’d be honored to play the lover of either one of those gorgeous, talented women.”

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  1. Congratulations to happy couple Kerry and her husband Nnamdi on their first child!

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