Kerry Washington & Kristin Chenoweth
"I was like, 'I would love to be your lesbian lover!" Washington told Chenoweth
Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth may have found the perfect onscreen partner for her biopic about late lesbian songstress Dusty Springfield in fellow Broadway babe Kerry Washington. According to an interivew with E!, Chenoweth has been eyeing current Race star Washington to play her lover in the film, and Washington is all about it.
"I want Kerry Washington to play my girlfriend," Chenoweth told E! in April 2009. "Dusty had a relationship with an African-American woman and she was supposedly very attractive. Kerry is a great actress and I think we'd be amazing together."
In an interview with E! on January 13, 2010, Washington recalled running into Chenoweth in Los Angeles after reading the interview. "I was like, 'I would love to be your lesbian lover!'" Washington said. "It's very exciting. I feel like I've been waiting to make out with her forever."
The biopic, which does not yet have a script, is expected to be written and directed by Jessica Sharzer. The flick would follow Springfield's thriving '60s music career, which included hit songs such as "Son of a Preacher Man" and "The Look of Love," a complicated personal life and the recording of her famed album Dusty in Memphis. Springfield died in 1999 at age 59 of breast cancer.
Chenoweth would serve as co-producer along with Universal's Marc Platt (who also produced Broadway mega-hit Wicked, in which Chenoweth starred) on the project, while Springfield's former manager, Vicki Wickham, is expected to serve as a consultant for the film.
A same-sex liplock would be old news for Washington. The actress, best known for her film roles, has already played a lesbian in She Hate Me and The Dead Girl.