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Portia de Rossi Tells Ellen DeGeneres Why She Quit Acting

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Portia de Rossi Tells Ellen DeGeneres Why She Quit Acting

Actress Portia de Rossi sits down with her wife Ellen to talk about why she is quitting her acting career.


Its been a long time coming for actress Portia de Rossi who has appeared in her fair share of films and tv shows.

While she did seem to give up the career, she somehow appeared in the fifth season of “Arrested Development” which she talks about with her wife Ellen DeGeneres.

“I made this decision about 18 months ago. Shonda Rhimes wrote me off Scandal.”

She said in a conversation on the Ellen show.

“I called [Arrested Development creator] Mitch Hurwitz…and I said if there is a Season 5, I wont be doing it because I quit acting and he seemed really understanding and he totally got it. We had a great conversation and then he wrote me into five episodes. Don’t know how it happened, but yes I am on Season 5.”

She says that this decision to throw away the scripts came after she turned 45, which Ellen joked about saying that she was “aging out” of roles.

“I just kind of was wondering is there something that I could tackle now that I’ve never done before that would be really challenging and different? I kind of knew what acting would look like for me for the next 10, 20 years, so I decided to quit and start a business.”

Walking away from Hollywood seems like a major move, however, she has everything planned and ready to go as she says her next venture will be in art.

“I thought that I would start an art curation and publishing company that I call General Public and we print paintings, basically. Rather than the traditional flat print that kind of looks like a poster, we print with all the texture and articulation that’s in the original painting,” she explained.

“The painter spends so much time on one piece and  then they sell it to one person so this kind of enables them to make more sales.”

Major congrats to Portia and her future endeavors. Take a look at her and Ellen below!


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