Portia De Rossi Tells 'L.A. Confidential' What Marriage Means, Reveals When She Last Wore A Schoolgirl Skirt

Fresh off the plane from her whirlwind trip through her native Australia with wife Ellen DeGeneres, Portia De Rossi sat down with L.A. Confidential to reflect on the trip, what a difference marriage makes, and to where the world's most famous lesbian couple might retire.
By: Sunnivie Brydum
May 06 2013 2:23 PM

Fresh off the plane from her whirlwind trip through her native Australia with wife Ellen DeGeneres, Portia De Rossi sat down with L.A. Confidential to reflect on the trip, what a difference marriage makes, and to where the world's most famous lesbian couple might retire. 

For a segment on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the host had her wife don the same school uniform DeRossi wre when she attendant Melbourne Girls Grammar school.  DeRossi surprised the students there with a visit, but we'd bet a few of them were particularly pleased to see DeRossi donning an undersized schoolgirl skirt. 

"I can’t tell you how creepy I felt being a 40-year-old woman in a school uniform that was a tiny bit too small for me," De Rossi told L.A. Confidential. "She’d go to hold my hand and I’d be, like, 'No, don’t. Don’t hold my hand.' The whole thing was just too weird… but it was fun!"

While De Rossi said she and DeGeneres might like to retire to a vacation home Down Under someday, that won't be happening anytime soon, as De Rossi braces for the spotlight when she revives her role of Lindsey Bluth Fünke in Arrested Development, the woefully underrated cult-favorite sitcom that releases an entire fourth season on Netflix on May 26.

But de Rossi's happy to have the work, and pleased with how 40 years of life have situated her.

“I’m pretty happy with my life,” de Rossi told L.A.C. "So whatever I’m doing professionally has to actually make it even better than it is right now.”

De Rossi acknowledges that she's half of perhaps the most recognizable lesbian couple in the world, but falls back on the strength of her union with DeGeneres. “We were together for four solid years before we got married," said de Rossi, "but the minute we said 'I do,' the minute we stood up in front of our parents and our friends and committed to each other, our relationship changed,” she reveals. “I don’t think people understand how important that little ceremony is and what it actually does to people. To my mother, instead of thinking of our relationship as a little bit less than my brother and his wife’s relationship in some way, it made them instantly equal in her mind, and Ellen became her daughter rather than someone that I was with or dating. It just made it more like family, and our commitment to each other just strengthened instantly.”

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