She talked to The Advocate about how she stumbled into her role as America's next gay-marriage spokesperson, and why she wouldn't have it any other way.
On her first acting role in Ally McBeal
“It was a very difficult dichotomy to live in. . . . Oh, I’m Portia. I’m fresh and new to Hollywood. I just found myself in Ally McBeal. Now I’m in my underwear and sleeping with my boss even though I don’t want to portray women in the workplace that way."
On her tussle over gay marriage with The View's Elisabeth Hasselbeck
"Just before I was scheduled to appear, the New York legislature voted on marriage and it failed. It was so disappointing to me. And I thought, if I’m going on The View and I have a viewpoint, I might as well talk about it. It’s more important than talking about a TV show.”
On becoming a spokesperson for gay marriage
“Ever since Ellen and I got together, I feel like I’ve been given an opportunity to actually — God, this sounds corny. . . . Well, I feel like my life can actually kind of stand for something. And I don’t mean that in a self-aggrandizing way, like, ‘Look at me, I can make a difference.’ But I feel like, maybe I get why I’m here.”
On acting vs. advocating gay marriage
“Maybe by sharing my life, I can make people more aware of how important gay marriage is. . . . My career is only a part of my life, and it’s certainly not what I think I was born to do.”
On being of no interest to the paparazzi
“To think that a married gay couple is considered boring and normal is fantastic."