In , at age 15, Rogers adopted the name Portia de Rossi, by which she remains best known. In , she explained she had intended to reinvent herself, using the given name of Portia , a character from William Shakespeare 's The Merchant of Venice , and an Italian last name. Licensed Teacher , before landing a part in the film Scream 2. During this time in the United States, de Rossi worked diligently to lose her Australian accent.
She remained with the show until its end in In , she starred in Who Is Cletis Tout? She next portrayed John F. In she portrayed Zela, a fortune-teller, in the Wes Craven thriller Cursed.
In , she appeared in Better Off Ted cast member Malcolm Barrett 's music video for "Revenge of the Nerds," spoofing her character of Veronica in a cameo alongside other cast members of the cancelled series. In February , it was announced that ABC had ordered a pilot for a new drama series The Smart One, one of whose executive producers was listed as Ellen DeGeneres, and which featured de Rossi in a leading role. The actress was to star as a "brilliant and successful woman who begrudgingly goes to work for her less-brainy but more popular sister — a former beauty queen, weather girl and now big-city Mayor.
This fourth season consisted of 15 new episodes, which debuted at the same time on Netflix on 26 May Each episode focused on one particular character, with de Rossi's Lindsay featured in Episode 3, "Indian Takers," and Episode 8, "Red Hairing," and also appearing in several other episodes of the season.
In April , in season six, de Rossi's character, Elizabeth North, was killed off by a golf club attack. De Rossi herself made the decision to depart the Scandal series, saying, "I am incredibly grateful for my time here at Scandal.
I will miss playing Elizabeth North but I've made the decision to focus on a business opportunity. Shonda, Betsy and the cast have been incredibly supportive of my decision. I will always love my Scandal family. De Rossi was married to documentary film-maker Mel Metcalfe, from to , initially part of a plan to get a green card , though she did not go through with the plan.
She said about the marriage that "it just obviously wasn't right for me. 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. De Rossi and Gregorini broke up in late because de Rossi began dating DeGeneres, whom she met backstage at an awards show. In , she opened up publicly about her sexual orientation in interviews with Details and The Advocate. She and DeGeneres became engaged when DeGeneres proposed with a three-carat diamond ring.
A Story of Loss and Gain, in whose pages she wrote about the turmoil that she had experienced in her life, including suffering from anorexia nervosa and bulimia and being misdiagnosed with lupus. In , when interviewed about rumors of pregnancy, de Rossi stated that she and DeGeneres were not planning to have children.
An avid animal lover, de Rossi also supports Alley Cat Allies ,  an organization dedicated to protecting and improving the lives of cats.