Ew, boys! Scandal’s Kerry WashingtonCostars were hot and heavy on screen Scott FoleyAnd Tony Goldwyn for six years, but it turns out she wasn’t a fan of her character’s steamy scenes.
Washington, 45, spoke during a Friday appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show that while she tried not to favor either leading man, Foley, 49, and Goldwyn, 61, would have preferred that she didn’t stay diplomatic.
“I thought I was keeping the peace by saying, ‘I don’t like kissing either one of them,’” the Emmy Award-winning actress revealed to host Ellen DeGeneres. “[But] they were both pretty pissed for years.”
TheLittle Fires All Around alum claimed that her costars were mad she “would say that on national television,” alluding to the duo being embarrassed that she wasn’t a fan of sharing smooches over the years.
When DeGeneres, 64, joked that the New York native was “lying,” teasing that there “is clearly one better kisser,” the PromStar played coy by pretending that her mouth was closed.
From 2012 to 2018, Washington played the role of Olivia Pope, the protagonist in the ABC thriller. The series was created by Shonda RhimesPope’s attempts to open a crisis management business while simultaneously trying to break ties with her past, I was there for her every step of the way.
Throughout much of the show’s run, Washington’s character struggled to find balance in her love life. The White House correspondent was stuck choosing between romantic interests Jake Ballard (Foley) and President Fitzgerald Grant (Goldwyn) — a love triangle Goldwyn, for his part, enjoyed being part of.
“I like it, it’s fun,” the California native told Hollywood LifeIn a September 2014 interview. “You get Scott Foley, and I get assaulted by fans. One came up, and he was pushed [me] out of the way and said, ‘I’m team Jake!’ So yeah, it’s fun!”
Pope would be happy ever after with the president, according to the series finale. Grey’s Anatomy creator remained neutral on the topic, telling Vulture in a 2018 interview that she is “Team Olivia, not Team Jake or Team Fitz. This is not a romance show.”