PORTIA IS A PRUDE, AND OTHER SURPRISING TRUTHS
This week’s episode of Nip/Tuck served
up a lot of Joely Richardson and Portia de Rossi, including
this entertaining scene in which Julia (Joely) and Olivia (Portia) have lunch
with a skeptical Liz (Roma Maffia):
I’m still a little creeped out by how much Portia and Joely look alike. It
doesn’t help that creator Ryan Murphy apparently cast Portia
with this in mind, telling TV
Guide, "Since the show is always about the search for identity, I just
thought it would be great fun to explore the world of Julia, a late-in-life
lesbian, who falls in love with somebody who looks like her." Besides being
creepy, perpetuating the idea of lesbian-as-narcissist
is as old
as it is ridiculous
On the other hand, it’s fun watching Portia play a lesbian (and an outspoken,
free-spirited one at that), so I’m trying to get over it.
Portia has admitted she has her own qualms about her character. "I hate
gratuitous sex scenes. I’m a prude, I really am," she told USA
Today earlier this week.
"I related to [Richardson's] character so
much more than my own. She was having a really hard time with her sexuality,
and it was difficult for her to tell people she was gay. To hear her struggle
like that was very emotional for me."
Portia also talked about the decision to play a lesbian. "My relationship
with Ellen is so public, I thought, ‘Am I going to play a romantic lead again?’
I had that one moment of, ‘Does this mean I’ll be typecast as a lesbian?’ And
[Ellen] turned to me and said, ‘So what?’ And I thought, ‘Oh, yeah, right, so
what?’ I was offered romantic lead roles, and I turned them down because the
lesbian seemed more interesting to me." Us, too!
On the topic of having kids, Portia expressed ambivalence, saying: "It
depends when you ask us. A few months ago, we were thinking about it. I wouldn’t
want to say never, but at this point, it’s not something I think we’re going
to do. But there are times when I think I’d be really selfish to not adopt a
child so we’d share our life with somebody, a little child that really needs
a home." OK, but just don’t try to give the baby away if it doesn’t get
along with your cats — I can’t survive another Iggygate media circus!
Finally, Portia revealed that she rides horses three times a week. "People
ask me how I recovered from my eating disorder, and I have to say that horses
really helped me. It shifted my focus and got me out to nature. It was a passion
and interest that was completely outside myself. It made me lighten up on everything.
It’s great to muck out a stall every once in a while."
That’s my motto,
too! Now if only I had a horse …
NICE LESBIANS FINISH EARLY
The Amazing Race‘s first lesbian couple was eliminated this week, which
was too bad, but not surprising (all-female teams and older teams almost never
fare well in the race). The season’s sole openly gay male contestant, whom Lori
called an "animal abuser" because he kept screaming at the poor donkey
in the first episode, was eliminated in the first round (yeah, karma’s a bitch).
But Pat and Kate were likable and kind, and they worked well together up until
the end. Even their elimination scene was sweet:
Swinging across that ditch doesn’t look easy, but it’s nothing compared to
the version of The Amazing Race Lori and I endured this weekend, when
we had to find our way from one hotel to another in L.A. with just a rental
car, a GPS system, and a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. It wasn’t pretty, but our
relationship is stronger than ever now.