Portia de Rossi
Australian model, philanthropist, and actress
Portia Lee James DeGeneres (born Amanda Lee Rogers, 31 January 1973; known professionally as Portia de Rossi) is an Australian actress, model, philanthropist and writer. She is married to Ellen DeGeneres.
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- I think it’s 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. It’s confronting. It’s 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 setting there eating a steak watching you eat polenta, they’re thinking that you’re trying to preach to them or you’re trying to convert them in some way. Whereas with being gay, I don’t think anyone’s concerned that that’s the agenda. “Hey, Mom, you also have to be gay. I’m gay and so should you be!” Certainly when I told her that I was vegan, it forced her to look at her habits.
- Interview for VegNews magazine, July/August 2011 issue. Quoted in VegetarianStar.com.
- I’m vegan. It’s really changed, like, my eyes, my, you know, everything.
- Said in her shoot for People’s most beautiful list, as quoted in "Portia de Rossi Stays Youthful with Vegan Diet", in Ecorazzi (26 April 2013)