Scandal’s Tony Goldwyn Talks ‘Intense’ Sex Scenes With Kerry Washington

Gladiators, you may want to go stand next to the fainting couch before reading further. Tony Goldwyn, aka President Fitzgerald Grant on “Scandal,” has opened up about his hot and heavy love scenes with Ms. Olivia Pope (marvelously played by Kerry Washington).

When asked by M magazine if he gets “aroused on set” while getting down with Kerry, the actor artfully dodged the loaded question.

“It’s not really about that. It’s weird. Our sex scenes are really intense,” Tony told the mag for their Fall 2013 issue. “But so is our relationship.

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“For Kerry and me, it’s no different than doing an emotional scene. It’s just awkward, almost in the anticipation of it. Once we start doing it, we commit,” he continued. “You’re lost in the scene.”

When asked if he and Kerry are physically attracted to each other, Tony replied, “Yeah! Of course. But our chemistry is much more complicated than that, which is what I think makes it erotic.”

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Adding, “Kerry and I connect on a lot of levels.”

Tony has been married to production designer Jane Musky for 25 years and the couple has two college-age daughters. Despite the “erotic” chemistry between Olitz, Tony said his wife doesn’t mind his on-screen romance.

“My wife’s cool,” he said. “She’s in the business, I’ve been doing this a long time.”

Adding, “Jane’s thrilled for the success of the show, and we’re all professionals, you know.”

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“Scandal” fans are known for making their opinions heard on Twitter, and Tony said his feed is littered with dozens of X-rated Tweets from Fitz fans.

“I can’t repeat them,” he said of the “Scandal”-ous Tweets. “But it’s women describing what they’d like to do to my body.”

“Scandal” airs Thursdays at 10/9c on ABC.

-- Erin O’Sullivan

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