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Last seen on the big screen as lesbian zombie-lunch in Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror, former child star Stacy Ferguson's got a feeling (woo-hoo!) that Nine's going to be a good, good film. Ferguson, who is better known as the Grammy-winning Black Eyed Peas singer-songwriter Fergie, portrays a prostitute alongside Daniel Day-Lewis and a cast of other highly decorated divas in out director Rob Marshall's movie musical, which is an adaptation of the 1982 Broadway show inspired by Fellini's 8 1/2 and premieres in theaters December 18. Now touring to promote BEP's chart-topping CD The E.N.D., the M.A.C. Viva Glam spokesmodel explains her beef with Perez Hilton and why reports of her bisexuality are so 2000 (and late).

In Nine you play Saraghina, the voluptuous Italian whore who first stimulates the young libido of philogynist filmmaker Guido. Could you relate to her? Definitely. There will be teenage boys at my shows, so sometimes I'm seducing them from the stage. It's not like anything's going to happen--it's very playful and flirtatious--but it's funny because I'm 34 and they're 14. So I get that about Saraghina.

How'd you get along with Rob Marshall? His directorial sensibility must've been quite a change from that of Robert Rodriguez. Yes, and I embraced it. From the moment I walked into my audition, I fell in love with him and his partner, John. Rob would give me classic Italian films to study like Sophia Loren's Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, and he was so nurturing and patient. I swear, even when he was angry at the lighting guy he'd speak in a meditational voice.

When did you first feel love from the gay audience? Well, come on, I toured with Cher and Cyndi Lauper in 1999 when I was in Wild Orchid. I love my gays so much, but I don't think a lot of people know that, which bothers me sometimes. People don't associate the Black Eyed Peas with the gay market, but our new record is a huge dance record, so people are starting to catch on. I want more gay love!

Gays don't always know where they stand with straight guys in hip-hop. Do the other three Peas appreciate their gay fans? They're completely gay-friendly. Are you kidding me? Look at how they dress! [Laughs] Kanye West really did a great thing for hip-hop and made it very mixed and open.

Perez Hilton is one gay will.i.am isn't so friendly with. How did it feel being linked to their altercation at June's MuchMusic Video Awards? Honestly, to be real with you, there's a court case going on, so I'm really not allowed to speak about it.

OK, but what surprised me most about the incident was that it escalated after you confronted Perez about his negative coverage of you and your music on his blog. I was surprised you'd even care about one queen's opinion. Yeah, I did. Because when I see somebody I thought was my friend or starting to be my friend ... [Sighs] When someone talks out of both sides of their mouth, it just makes me question their integrity.

Referring to Perez on the red carpet at your husband Josh Duhamel's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen premiere, your mother told a reporter that you "could've taken him out." Do you agree? [Laughs] Oh, my gosh. No comment on that.

Does Josh know he has a big gay following? Oh, he knows, and he loves it. And I encourage it. I love his gay male fans because they have the same thoughts about him that I do.

How has your wedding earlier this year influenced your perspective on marriage equality? I'm completely, 100% for gay marriage and equal rights. It's crazy that everyone can't get b married. It s unfair and ridiculous.

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

After you discussed past sexual experiences with women in an interview with The Sun in May, headlines everywhere read, "Fergie Admits She's Bisexual!" The funny thing is that I was very open and honest about that from the very beginning, and everyone was acting like it was some new trend. Go back four or five years, people, and you'll see the same answer.

How did Josh handle the hoopla? I've been very honest with him from the get-go. I think women are beautiful, I've had a lot of fun with women, and I'm not ashamed of it. The problem is that I also love a well-endowed man. But just because I enjoy women doesn't mean I'm allowed to have affairs in my relationship. I learned through talking with my therapist that it is still cheating even if it's with girls, so there is a rule there.

So we shouldn't hold our breath for a threesome sex tape to rival Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart's? No, that's not happening. We're too smart for that.

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Title Annotation:ADVANCE: A-List
Author:Voss, Brandon
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Interview
Date:Dec 1, 2009
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