*She’s married and pregnant, yet questions about Kerry Washington’s sexuality persist, and the “Scandal” star addresses them in an interview with The Advocate.
“It’s interesting how much people long to fill in the gaps when someone in the public eye doesn’t share their personal life,” she told the magazine.
The actress, who is married to NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha and is pregnant with their first child, brushes off the rumors as non-offensive. Washington says although she understands “their frustration,” she doesn’t get why people are still so hung up over sexual preference.
“I like how people will post pictures of me with other women that I adore, hugging on red carpets, and say, ‘See?'” she continued. “Are we so uncomfortable with love between two people of the same gender that we immediately label it as sexual?”
The TV star, who will host “Saturday Night Live” on Nov. 4, said she’s proud of the diversity of sexual orientation on her hit ABC series, which includes gay married couple Cyrus Beene (played by Jeff Perry) and James Novak (portrayed by Dan Bucatinsky).
“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,” she said.
The new bride and soon-to-be first-time mom, who is reportedly about four months into her pregnancy, has taken on the role of a lesbian in a few films like Spike Lee’s “She Hate Me” and as a transgender in “Life is Hot in Cracktown.” In order to prepare for the roles, she spent time in lesbian clubs.
“I always approach a role like an anthropologist, so I like to lose myself in a culture and an identity,” she explained. “It was amazing to spend time in that world.”
Still, Washington dismisses any notion that she’s a lesbian in real life.
“I’ve never been bothered by the lesbian rumor. There’s nothing offensive about it, so there’s no reason to be offended.”
Read Kerry Washington’s entire interview in “The Advocate” here.