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Portia de Rossi is One Happy Woman

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By GLAAD |
March 16, 2009

Being one-half of the world's most famous lesbian couple could take a toll on a person, but not if you're Portia de Rossi. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, the actress gushes on her return to television, her love for Ellen, and those pesky pregnancy rumors.

For the uninitiated, de Rossi, who is Australian, got her start in American television on the very popular '90s dramedy Ally McBeal, followed by three seasons of the cult sitcom Arrested Development. She also had a significant recurring role on season five of Nip/Tuck: fans might recall she was killed during a routine facelift by her girlfriend's jealous ex.

Now, she is returning to television in a new ABC sitcom titled Better Off Ted. It premieres this Wednesday at 8:30/7:30c. The Los Angeles Times sat down with the actress to talk about her new role, Prop 8, baby bumps and marriage. The interview is strong -- please read it in its entirety here -- but if you're pressed for time, here are a few excerpts:

On finding out that Proposition 8 had passed:

"I cried," she immediately replied, about her reaction to the voters' decision. "I just remember being so excited when Obama was elected, it was just such an amazing moment . . . I just remember going to bed thinking, 'Prop. 8? . . .And I woke up in the morning to the news that it passed. And I -- I was shocked and I was deeply saddened."

"I just really think that when people really understand that this is a human rights issue and that there are a percentage of people living in this country that don't have the same rights as everybody else, I think that people will be compelled to make sure that they live in a country where every single citizen has the same rights."

On pregnancy rumors:

"Believe me, I think motherhood would be amazing and exciting and wonderful, but it isn't really something that's on the immediate horizon for us," she said. "How this IVF rumor started, I really, really have no idea. But I can tell you that it is definitely not happening in the near future . . . It's great that Ellen and I are a gay couple and people are open-minded enough to talk about us having a family. The only thing I'm trying to avoid by denying it is, I just don't want those horrible pictures in magazines where they circle your stomach and point and go 'baby bump!' "

On being in the public eye:

"I'm with Ellen every day, and I know how loved she is," she said. "So it makes sense that people want her to be happy and want to see her happily married. She's incredible, and everybody is drawn to her, and she makes people very happy, and I think they want that for her. So in that sense, it didn't surprise me that people were interested about it. But I think what touched me the most was that people really celebrated this marriage.

"People magazine put us on the cover when we got married. And that felt like something big happened," De Rossi said. "That felt really good to me, that they could show two very happy gay people . . . I feel like we kind of get all the same stuff that any heterosexual couple would get in the public eye. And that is great, that is wonderful -- including the baby bump."

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