Portia de Rossi

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Portia de Rossi, 2007

Portia Lee James DeGeneres (born Amanda Lee Rogers, 31 January 1973; known professionally as Portia de Rossi) is an Australian actress, model, philanthropist and writer. She is married to Ellen DeGeneres.


  • I think it’s more difficult to be vegan than gay. I think people have a harder time accepting it; people feel more uncomfortable with a vegan at their dinner table than they do a lesbian. It’s confronting. It’s kind of suggesting that what someone else is doing is bad or wrong, and it hits them on a more personal level. … If somebody is setting there eating a steak watching you eat polenta, they’re thinking that you’re trying to preach to them or you’re trying to convert them in some way. Whereas with being gay, I don’t think anyone’s concerned that that’s the agenda. “Hey, Mom, you also have to be gay. I’m gay and so should you be!” Certainly when I told her that I was vegan, it forced her to look at her habits.

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