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