Portia de Rossi tells wife Ellen DeGeneres why she quit acting

May 22, 2018
10:05 A.M.

In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi explained why she quit acting. Although, she is bound to appear on a Netflix series.


Portia de Rossi recently made an appearance on The Ellen Show, where she told her wife why she chose to step away from the limelight. She said she wanted to focus on building a business.

DeGeneres initially pointed out that de Rossi does not particularly like to do talk shows and press work. The host was grateful that her wife agreed to be on the show.

DeGeneres went on to say that it was one of the reasons why she quit acting. At the time when de Rossi made the decision to leave her acting career behind, she was a star on Scandal.

Another reason de Rossi opted to leave was that she wanted to start a business. She explained that she wanted to try something “challenging and different.”

The actress decided to start an art curation and publishing company called General Public, which reproduces printed copies of paintings. De Rossi explained that the artists receive a portion of the royalties for the products sold.


DeGeneres, later on, told de Rossi how proud she is of her. She also said, "I think it's amazing, she's smart as can be and easy on the eyes."

De Rossi had mentioned during the interview that it had been 18 months since she decided to move on from acting.

She continued to tell a story about the time she called Mitch Horowitz, who is the creator of Arrested Development.

The pair had a conversation where she insisted she did not want to be a part of the show’s fifth season since she just quit acting.

She then said that he was understanding during the call but somehow, she ended up being written into five episodes on season 5.

It seems that de Rossi has not fully retired from acting after all.

After a while, DeGeneres and de Rossi were surprised by the people behind Arrested Development after they made a $50,000 donation to The Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fun.

Arrested Development premieres its first episode for the fifth season on May 29, 2018, on Netflix.

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