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

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.

"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 "truly came out" as a gay woman with Ellen DeGeneres while appearing on Inside the Actors Studio with the cast of Arrested Development. Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

"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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