Ellen’s effect on Portia coming out as gay.
It was more difficult for Portia to come out as gay than it was for Ellen. According to De Rossi, she spoke with Greg Germann over a bar once about her time on Ally McBeal.
“There’s something about you that I can’t put my finger on… are you gay?” he asked her. Portia was caught off guard, and she said she wasn’t sure. Greg prompted her and inquired whether she struggled with it, to which Portia responded that she did.