Busy Philipps and Michelle Williams are Like Oprah and Gayle

By: Brandon Voss

Cougar Town's blonde and bubbly Busy Philipps says that she's aware and appreciate of her very vocal gay fans in a new Advocate interview, and her no-nonsense take on marriage equality — "Why is marriage equality important to me? Because I’m a decent human being," she says — is already rubbing off on her young daughter.

"We try to stay away from fast food, but my daughter loves Chick-fil-A," Philipps told the magazine. "One day she overheard me talking to my mother about the whole antigay debacle. Days later, my husband was with her in the car — she was almost 4 at the time — and she said, 'Daddy, we can’t eat Chick-fil-A anymore. The guy who owns it is so weird. He thinks a guy can’t marry a guy and a girl can’t marry a girl. But we know better!' She doesn’t get that she’s making a statement. She just thinks the Chick-fil-A man is confused or crazy."

Yet despite all the gay folks in her life, no one ever told her about those lesbian rumors surrounding her close friendship with Michelle Williams, her date during last year's awards season.

"Honestly, this is the first I’m hearing it!" says Philipps, who has dealt with gay rumors since high school. "I get why people would say that about us, though. It does seem plausible. It’s like Oprah and Gayle or Dolly Parton and her best friend. I believe sexuality is fluid, and women can have a deep love and affection for other women. My friendship with Michelle has stood the test of time, and we’ve been together through many different versions of our lives. I love her as deeply as I love almost anyone. But we don’t do it."

Philipps did do it quite a lot — make out, that is — with James Franco back when they starred together as lovebirds Kim and Daniel on Freaks and Geeks, which everyone still wants to talk about more than a decade later.

"Everybody asks me questions about the inside of James Franco’s mouth," she says. "What’s unfortunate is that I’ve never been one of those girls had sexy affairs with my costars. It usually just starts and ends with the on-set make-out sesh. I was only 19, but I remember that Franco and I had a really good time making out. I loved that relationship because Kim and Daniel were so passionate that they just had to stick their tongues down each others’ throats."

Read the full interview on Advocate.com.

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