Portia De Rossi has confirmed that she has retired from acting.
The Australian actress rose to fame after landing the role of Nelle Porter in legal drama series Ally McBeal and later appeared in TV shows such as Arrested Development, Nip/Tuck and Scandal.
While Portia will be seen in five episodesof the upcoming season five of Arrested Development, she disclosed during an interview with her wife on her TV show The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday that she would no longer be concentrating on her Hollywood career.
“You aren’t a big fan of doing press and talk shows, so thank you for being here,” Ellen told her spouse of nearly 10 years. “She really doesn’t. That’s why she actually quit acting. She decided you didn’t want to do anything more with acting and got off of Scandal.”
Portia then went on to explain that she made the decision about a year and a half ago, when Shonda Rhimes decided to cut her character from political thriller series Scandal.
“I was approaching 45 and I was just wondering was there something that I could tackle now that I’ve never done before that would be very challenging and different. I kind of knew what acting would look like for me for the next 10, 20 years, so I decided to quit and start a business,” the star shared, adding that while she tried to explain her decision to Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz at the time, he had other plans for her.
“I called Mitch Hurwitz, who is the creator of Arrested Development, and I said, ‘If there’s a season five, I won’t be doing it because I quit acting.’ And he seemed really understanding and he totally got it – we had a great conversation. And then he wrote me into five episodes! Don’t know how it happened.”
Portia is now focusing on developing her new business, an art venture named General Public, in which she collaborates with artists to create their original works as Synographs, or textured prints, and sells them online direct to consumers.