Portia de Rossi

Portia de Rossi

Australian-American actress
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  • It's important to me to find music that feels like my own private experience, music that you think not everybody gets.
  • "I just thought, 'Oh, okay, what does an actress look like? Well, I guess you get really thin.'"
  • When I joined the show, I was playing a character that I liked, which was a very professional, focused, kind of icy, interesting woman. Within a few episodes, I was taking my clothes off and having sex with my boss. I wouldn't have auditioned for that role.
  • I'm having it removed...I'm not saying it's anything I regret doing, because I don't. But it just doesn't make any sense now.
  • I think that if we really look at it and trace it back, I was definitely gay. I didn't have a lot of relationships with men, but it didn't occur to me that I could live as a gay woman.
  • I certainly never denied it and I never altered my lifestyle or my life to try and avoid the questions, but I didn't realize how uncomfortable I was with it until now.
  • Every time I walked away from seeing her I just had a huge smile on my face. It's obvious she makes people feel comfortable.
  • The first time I was paparazzi'd I thought I was being investigated for an insurance claim. I just don't share a lot of my life with close friends, much less strangers.
  • I want to exude strength and intelligence.
  • When I was about 16, I was crazy about this girl. I had a certain amount of money in the bank where I could put a downpayment on a rental, and I went to her with sunflowers.
  • If you've looked at all the glamour magazines lately, all the covers are actresses. If they are on those covers, they are going to try to emulate models. That's just the way it is.
  • We must be able to inspire. That's my goal in acting.
  • I really never stopped thinking about Ellen, because I just haven't felt that kind of energy with anyone in my life.
  • I had a hell of a time convincing people I was gay - which was so annoying!
  • I did a lot of fast talking as a youth; I was pretty good at it. I was never talked into it-I was always the one doing the talking.
  • I justified it in so many ways. I had a very, very long and difficult struggle with my sexuality.
  • I'm living by example by continuing on with my career and having a full, rich life, and I am incidentally gay.
  • I was very sexual from a very young age.
  • If I was 14 and knew some gay people, I wouldn't nearly have had the struggle I had. Our world is definitely changing.
  • I want young people to see me and think you can be feminine and smart and successful, all at the same time.
  • Just look at all the awards shows now. It has turned into a catwalk. You have to be wearing a certain designer, a certain dress, and everyone's critiquing.
  • It sounds so trite, but my private life is mine.
  • When I was 15, I changed my name legally. I think it was largely due to my struggle about being gay. Everything just didn't fit, and I was trying to find things I could identify myself with, and it started with my name.
  • When I watched Ellen come out in '97, my jaw was on the floor. I thought, There are some people who break the doors down, hold them open, and some people who walk right through.
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