Forget college basketball; March is all about Portia de Rossi.
The actress and (I’m pretty sure this goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway because it still makes me warm and fuzzy inside) wife of Ellen DeGeneres will be honored with the Human Rights Campaign’s Visibility Award for her increasing outspokenness for equal rights. More and more, she is speaking her mind (and ours), like when she put The View‘s Elisabeth Hasselbeck in her place on the subject of gay marriage.
Clearly, the public has taken notice. In addition to the HRC honor, de Rossi is also the March cover girl of The Advocate. The accompanying interview, titled “The Great de Rossi,” features a typically candid de Rossi, discussing everything from starting out in Hollywood, being “half of the most famous gay couple in the world,” and officially announcing her upcoming memoir (which I told you about in June, when rumors first began.)
The article is a great read, and will likely make you wish even more that Portia was your BFF. She comes off down to earth and totally unabashedly gay. Like “I’m here, I’m queer, get used to it,” but more original — a far cry from when she first started out.
On being a hot new star, fresh from down under, Portia tells the magazine:
Oh, I’m Portia. I’m fresh and new to Hollywood. I just found myself in Ally McBeal. Now I’m in my underwear and sleeping with my boss even though I don’t want to portray women in the workplace that way. All of these things were tearing me apart. Plus — I was gay, did I mention?
It’s funny to think there was a time Portia may not have been comfortable being out, as it doesn’t seem possible for her to be any other way. She’s clearly deserving of the HRC award for visibility by just being herself: a normal, seemingly well-adjusted celesbian who is no longer concerned about hurting her career to speak out for what’s right.
She tells The Advocate, “Maybe by sharing my life, I can make people more aware of how important gay marriage is.”
And when asked if that is more important to her than acting she says:
Of course. Actors come and go. Characters come and go. TV shows come and go. While acting is entertaining, for me personally, it’s a little empty.
While I totally agree that everyone is entitled to his or her privacy, I must say it would be nice if more people, celebrities or otherwise, felt the same. Thanks for sharing, Portia.