Gay actor Portia de Rossi
Portia de Rossi is best known for her roles as the straight Lindsay Fünke (who’s married to a man in an open relationship ) on Arrested Development, and as well as the straight lawyer Nelle Porter on Ally McBeal.
De Rossi was married to documentary film-maker Mel Metcalfe from 1996 to 1999, initially part of a plan to get a green card, but she did not go through with it. She said that “it just obviously wasn’t right for me”. In a 2010 interview on Good Morning America, she explained that as a young actress, she was fearful of being exposed as a lesbian.
From 2000 to 2004, de Rossi dated singer Francesca Gregorini, the daughter of Barbara Bach and the stepdaughter of Ringo Starr. She said that most of her family and Ally McBeal castmates did not know she was a lesbian until tabloid pictures of the couple were published. She declined to publicly discuss the relationship or her sexual orientation at the time.
In 2005, she opened up publicly about her sexual orientation in interviews with Details and The Advocate.