November 11th, 2010
02:40 PM ET
Could Portia DeGeneres (formerly Portia de Rossi) be one of the next to dance "with the Stars"? The actress told Ryan Seacrest that she’d be open to showing off her moves on the hit ABC show.
While chatting with DeGeneres about her new book, “Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain,” on his radio show, Seacrest mentioned the news that "Dancing with the Stars" producers are "planning to feature a same-sex couple for next season,” and that DeGeneres was at the top of their list. (The Israeli version of "DWTS" is the first in the franchise to feature a same-sex couple, and E! reports that the U.S. edition could make a similar move in the future.)
The actress, who wed daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres in 2008 and took her last name in September, was caught off guard but not completely opposed to the idea.
“You never know,” she told Seacrest, who admitted that he’d assumed DeGeneres would pass on the opportunity.
“I’m not going to pass,” DeGeneres said. “Let me think about it. I’m just saying – you know, I used to be a ballet dancer.”
If the 37-year-old star was to put on her dancing shoes once again, it would be the latest twist in a professional journey that she at one point thought she couldn’t have.
With her book, DeGeneres wanted "to show people how badly I suffered and how much I hated myself in order for them to understand that you can come a really long way and you can have a fairy tale ending," she told Seacrest.
“I feel like I’ve had a great career,” DeGeneres went on, “and being gay and struggling with an eating disorder, I didn’t think that either of those things were possible for me.”
DeGeneres added that these days, amidst the tragic stories of gay teens committing suicide, it's just as important as ever to send the message that “if you hang in there long enough, things can turn around and you can live a really happy life.”
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