Actress Portia DeGeneres (formerly Portia de Rossi) found fame in the Calista Flockhart dancing baby television show Ally McBeal playing “Nell Porter”. On the outside, everything appeared to be going swimmingly well for the Australian beauty, but then again, Portia was a fantastic actress.
“It took a long, long time for me to think I had a problem,” Portia told Wonen’s Weekly.“I was around 90 pounds and I remember feeling very afraid of food every night. I didn’t want to walk past pizza restaurants because that would make me remember what it was like to eat pizza, and I was truly afraid that I was going to be overcome with the urge to binge and that if I started binge [eating] then I just wouldn’t stop.”
Portia would cross paths with her future wife (the other DeGeneres – Ellen) in 2001 while backstage at a rock concert. She would be invited back to DeGeneres’ home for an after-party, but would refuse. “I was too nervous. I don’t regret it, though, because clearly it wasn’t the right time for us to be together.” Both women were in other relationships at the time and Portia was not out of the closet yet. She continued, “I had such a long way to go before I could even be seen in public with a woman, much less be seen in public with that one,” Portia said, laughing.
The “right time” would present itself three years later in 2004 when the two would reunite and then marry four years later in 2008.
Portia’s autobiography is called Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain. In it, the former University of Melbourne law student shares intimate details about her relationship with DeGeneres and her struggle with anorexia.