Portia de Rossi has come a long way since she was a young girl. Now married to Ellen DeGeneres and experiencing a thriving acting career, de Rossi had a rough start in Hollywood. But after years of struggling with eating disorders and body image issues, she has become happy and healthy.
Her successes, both physically and career-wise, make her an ideal candidate for It Got Better, an online docuseries that features people who have overcome serious hardships. In a clip obtained by Entertainment Tonight, the Arrested Development actress opens up about her bulimia and anorexia, which began at 12 when she was a young model.
"I felt tremendous responsibility when I was 12 years old and I was put on a catwalk," the Scandal star, now 42, says in the video. "My modeling agents had told me to go on a diet. So I didn't eat for 10 days before then."
Even though she had put herself on such a strict diet, she still endured criticism from her peers. "I get up on this catwalk, and I'm a little kid, and I'm posing and trying to be sexy and strutting around," she recalls, "and all the other models are making fun of my bushy eyebrows."