Portia de Rossi was all smlies as she made her way out of the ABC studios in New York City today (November 3) after chatting with Good Morning America about her decade-long battle with eating disorders.
There was a time, she said, she “didn’t think it was crazy” to only eat 300 calories a day. “That was my diet,” Portia told host Robin Roberts. It was 2000 and her weight was down to 82 pounds.
“Ever since I was 12 years old, I would starve myself daily and then binge after the job was over. And that was just the diet I returned to every single time I needed to lose weight.”
The 37-year-old actress says she learned early on “that what I looked like was more important than what I thought, what I did and who I was.” She added, “I had to diet to be professional, to make sure that I kept working.”
Portia was also worrying “about being exposed as being gay.”
On Thursday, she makes an appearance on wife Ellen DeGeneres‘s show. She tells Ellen that she now accepts herself “from head to toe,” adding: “I realized it’s taken me a long time; you can’t fit a size 8 foot into a size 6 shoe. It’s just not going to happen.”
Portia says “Ellen has completely changed the way I look at life. She has made me not worry about what other people think. I’m still working on that I have to be honest. She has taught me that who I am is perfectly good enough.”
For her part, Ellen says: “When I first met her she was 168 lbs and I didn’t see anything except a brilliant, amazing person and when I read this book and I read the self-loathing and how much she hated herself. I was shocked and it broke my heart. I had no idea how much she hated herself and I can just only imagine.”