By Dana Getz
Updated September 08, 2016 at 06:46 PM EDT

Kerry Washington popped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday to discuss her second pregnancy and her involvement in a cause close to her heart.

“We’re hoping for a human,” Washington joked when host Ellen DeGeneres asked the gender of her child. She went on to explain how she was hiding her growing baby bump while filming Scandal, on which she currently stars as crisis manager Olivia Pope. “Big coats, big bags. Hiding behind different body parts of other actors,” she explained. “If I’m in the back of the room it can be like, somebody’s leg, and I’m positioned behind it. Lamps are good. Vases.”

“I’ve been working for many, many years on working to end violence against women and girls,” she said. “It’s an issue that’s super close to my heart.”

Watch the clip below.

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