'It was like an arrow shot into my heart'

PORTIA de Rossi was initially too nervous to date Ellen DeGeneres whom she has since married.

PORTIA de Rossi was initially too nervous to date Ellen DeGeneres whom she has since married.

The Arrested Development actress said she fell for the talk show host the first time she "laid eyes on her" but couldn't bring herself to ask her out.

"I just walked over to say hello to her and I couldn't believe it, she turned around and it was like an arrow was shot through my heart," said the 35-year-old star. "I was weak at the knees and I was overwhelmed with how I felt. But then it took me about 10 months to get the courage up to do something about it."

De Rossi, who married DeGeneres last year, says it took her a long time to open up to the 41-year-old comedienne about how she felt because she was worried about the public response to her sexuality.

She said: "It took me three years to actually tell her how I felt about her, because I was on Ally McBeal at that time and I was not living as an openly gay person.

"I was closeted and very afraid that if I talked about being gay it would be the end of my career. So I wasn't about to then date the most famous lesbian in the world." - Bang

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