Portia de Rossi, 2007
Portia de Rossi
Born Amanda Lee Rogers on January 31, 1973. She is
married to Ellen DeGeneres and her legal name is Portia Lee James
DeGeneres, but she is known professionally as Portia de Rossi. She's an
Australian-American actress who appeared in the
Better off Ted
She also starred in several movies, including
She wrote the autobiography
Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain,
in which she talks about her lack of self-acceptance and her struggle
with self-worth, and in particular overcoming her problems with anorexia nervosa.
Quotes by Portia de Rossi:
|"I've always seen myself as an animal
lover, but honestly, my affection didn't extend to all animals.
I categorized them: Dogs were smart, loyal, and loving, so they
were more valuable than, say, goats or pigs. I think that's why
I never thought twice about eating meat. ... That all changed
five years ago, when Ellen and I moved to a farm in California."
|"We had four cows and two calves, and
after a few months, we took in a 4-year-old Canadian Warmblood
mare named Diva. The night she arrived, I was so worried about
her that I couldn't sleep. So at 5 o'clock in the morning, I
went out to the pasture to keep an eye on her. I sat very still,
watching her until sunrise. Everything was so quiet that I think
the animals forgot I was there. Then I witnessed something
extraordinary: The cows formed a single-file line, and one by
one they touched noses with the new horse as a greeting. The
calves wouldn't approach on their own, so one of the cows nudged
them forward. Each of the babies touched the horse's nose, then
jumped around and played like little children.
I started crying and thought, I can't possibly keep eating
these animals. Before that moment, I wouldn't have fathomed cows
doing something like that. I was forced to confront the fact
that I had chosen to remain ignorant of their nature because it
was just easier that way."
|"I always thought going vegan would be
difficult, but I genuinely don't crave meat or cheese. And I
feel happier, like I'm contributing to making the world a less
violent place. Before that morning on the farm, I ranked an
animal's value based on how "human" it was. Now I don't judge
other beings that wayóevery animal has its own intelligence and
sensitivities. They're all lovely, worthwhile, and deserving of
|"Going out to dinner was a bit of a
challenge at first, because I thought my only option was pasta
with olive oil. But over time I've discovered that other
cuisines, like Thai or Indian, have many vegan options in their
menus. I do make a point of telling waiters that I'm vegan and I
encourage them to talk to their chef about making more vegan
dishes. This economy runs on supply and demand, so the more we
demand, the more they'll supply."
|"I think itís 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. Itís confronting. Itís 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 sitting there
eating a steak watching you eat polenta, theyíre thinking that
youíre trying to preach to them or youíre trying to convert them
in some way. Whereas with being gay, I donít think anyoneís
concerned that thatís the agenda."
|"While I have never felt more healthy and
energized, the most important thing that happened to me when I
stopped eating animals was a sense of connectedness. When I was
suffering with an eating disorder, my life was solely about me.
I was living through my ego and didnít care about life around
me. I was selfish and angry, and because I didnít care about
myself, I also didnít care about littering in the street or
polluting the environment."
|"When Ellen and I first got
together I was wearing fur and Ellen was wearing very expensive
Italian calfskin leather. She was giving me a hard time about
wearing the fur and I said, ĎWhy is a fox any more important
than a cow?í "We took that idea and went all the way with it. We
are doing what we can."
|"We are such animal lovers, why
stop short of cows and chickens? It didnít make any sense."
Quotes are from her
2011 interview with VegNews, her
2010 Portia de Rossi's Aha! Moment on the Oprah website, her
2011 interview with Healthy Happy Life and her
2009 comments to I'm Not Obsessed.