Portia de Rossi Recalls First Time She "Truly Came Out" as a Gay Woman With Ellen DeGeneres

Celebrity News Nov. 8, 2013 AT 9:20AM

Portia de Rossi is getting personal. The 40-year-old actress joined the cast of Arrested Development for a Thursday, Nov. 7 appearance on Bravo's Inside the Actors Studio. Host James Lipton asked de Rossi to share the story of the first time she came out as a lesbian with now-wife Ellen DeGeneres.

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"I think when I really, truly came out was the Golden Globes when Arrested Development was nominated," de Rossi recalled of attending the award show in 2005. "Ellen and I had been together for a month and I was very, very nervous going to that because I knew that I was going to meet up with her after the show . . . "

"And that there would be press," costar Jason Bateman noted.

Watch a video of Portia de Rossi recalling the first time she
Watch a video of Portia de Rossi recalling the first time she "truly came out" as a gay woman with Ellen DeGeneres while appearing on Inside the Actors Studio with the cast of Arrested Development.
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"And that there was press," de Rossi agreed. "And that was the first time we stepped out together as a couple, but for me, it was the first time I stepped out as a gay woman, really."

"Yay," Bateman, 44, cheered and began a round of applause with the whole Arrested Development cast joining in. De Rossi and DeGeneres have now been married for five years.

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Watch de Rossi's interview with the Arrested Development cast on Inside the Actors Studio in the video above.

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