Portia de Rossi Sings Happy Birthday to Ellen, Covers ‘Bust’ Magazine

Our girl Portia is the February/March 2011 covergirl for Bust Magazine, one of the few remaining feminist magazines still found newsstands. She speaks openly about her discomfort with playing the role of the ingenue:

“… And that was a problem, because I didn’t want to play, like, the provocative temptress. I don’t like that character, and it’s really not because of my sexuality, it’s more because I’m not an exhibitionist in a sexual sense. For me, sex is very private. I’m a little prudish, and I’m a little old-fashioned in that sense. I now love being a sexual person, but I don’t like to show it on the outside. I don’t lead with sexuality, and I don’t like it when other people do, men or women. It’s just not part of my makeup.”

Yesterday was Ellen’s 53rd birthday (I know!) and tons of celebs stopped by (mostly as a surprise) to wish Ellen a Happy Birthday, but the highlight was def Portia, wearing a white satin gown and platinum blond wig, surprising her with an impression of Marilyn Monroe singing ‘Happy Birthday.’

Pink also surprised Ellen by hijacking her monologue to provide some LOLs and a song:

Also, I hear people talking about football a lot lately and Portia & Ellen FlipCam’d themselves partaking in such football excitement.

I just Wiki-stalked Portia and learned that her birthday is coming up on January 31, just a few days after Ellen’s. Happy Birthday Ellen & Portia! You are our bright shining hope!

(screencaps courtesy of ellenphotovideo.blogspot.com)
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  1. love love love Portia’s quote about sexuality. I feel the same way.
    and where can I find the fountain of youth that ellen is drinking out of?

  2. Aww.lol, “I was wondering how I was gona tell her that she’s actually the baby mama” bahaha Pink rocks!

  3. How come this is how I find out Pink is pregnant? I hope it’s a girl and she names her a shade of Pink. Amaranth, maybe.

  4. Portia, P!nk, and Ellen, oh my! <3 I admire all these women, and they are hilarious + talented + spunky awesomeness. Good combination of people.

  5. I love how they are totes cuddling on the couch. AND they both seem so cutely bundled up with their hats.


  6. Ellen really does bring so much joy & hope to so many people. Watching clips from her shows make my days brighter. I’m so glad she is who she is. I hope she had a great birthday. :)

  7. Honestly, where would we be without these two? I love that they can hug and be a couple on national television. The birthday skit for Ellen was hilarious. From the quote at the top of the article, it may have been a challenge for her to act so sexy. Thanks, Autostraddle!

    Susan Gabriel
    author of Seeking Sara Summers
    (a novel about falling in love with your best friend)

    • I totally agree, but its a shame ellen never gives her wife a kiss when she appears on the show, only a hug, but has absolutely no problem in giving Colin Farrell one in front of portia on her birthday show which I’m sure was really embarrassing for portia. Btw Ellen never liked Anne Heche doing love scenes! Well isn’t what she does with CF the same thing and every time he appears! She has a schoolgirl crush on him which I find embarrassing too and I wonder how she would like it if the roles were reversed i.e. watching portia in a clinch like that. Ellen seems to be very frisky with the guys on her show lately, just hope this has no detrimental effect on her marriage. Wouldn’t it be a travesty for a man to come between them after all she fought for 15 years ago????

  8. i believe a lesbian like ellen or portia still have a piece of love to a man, but they prefer woman like me too! they still can make love or kiss a man but in their private life…woman is better for them. i saw many time portia dont like ellen to kiss her in front of audience, thats why we always saw ellen never do it even she want to do it(watch her comment above too. I beleive if they live and have a longer married than now, its sure that portia will let ellen kiss her as she is strugled with her work to stay longer and be famous actress. I don’t blame her for her job but if she feel ashame or just pretend to love ellen, yes is it! i love both of them for their love and pure relationship, hope they stay together untill of their last life.

  9. Bob’s Burgers is fantastic. A family of weirdos who ultimately just really love each other.

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