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In 1988, at age 15, Rogers adopted the name Portia de Rossi, by which she remains best known.
In 2005, 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.
I will miss playing Elizabeth North but I've made the decision to focus on a business opportunity. " Creator Shonda Rhimes added, "I have been a fan of Portia's for years and it was an honor to have her join our Scandal family." In May 2018, de Rossi announced on The Ellen De Generes Show that she would be retiring from acting, though she later elaborated that she would make exception for future seasons of Arrested Development.
Shonda, Betsy and the cast have been incredibly supportive of my decision. De Rossi was married to documentary film-maker Mel Metcalfe, from 1996 to 1999, initially part of a plan to get a green card, though she did not go through with the plan.
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.
De Rossi joined Scandal in the fourth season in a recurring role, before being upped to a series regular for the fifth season.
She grew up in Grovedale, a suburb of Geelong, Victoria, and modelled for print and TV commercials as a child.She garnered international attention when she joined the main cast of Ally Mc Beal in 1998, playing lawyer Nelle Porter. In 20, de Rossi played the high-strung and controlling Veronica Palmer on the ABC show Better Off Ted.In 2011, 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.TV Guide included her and Ellen De Generes in their Power A-List couples in 2007.In February 2012, 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 De Generes, and which featured de Rossi in a leading role.She was educated at Melbourne Girls Grammar School and the University of Melbourne, where she studied law.Her first significant role was as a young and impressionable model in the Australian 1994 film Sirens. That same year, she portrayed an Australian reporter who inspires a protest against Frank Sinatra during a concert tour in The Night We Called It a Day.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." Six years after the series was canceled by Fox, filming for a revived fourth season of Arrested Development began on 7 August 2012, and de Rossi reprised her role as Lindsay Bluth Fünke.This fourth season consisted of 15 new episodes, which debuted at the same time on Netflix on .In 2005, she opened up publicly about her sexual orientation in interviews with Details and The Advocate.She and De Generes became engaged when De Generes proposed with a three-carat diamond ring.