She said that most of her family and Ally Mc Beal castmates did not know she was a lesbian until tabloid pictures of the couple were published.
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To promote the book, she appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Ellen De Generes Show.
In 2013, when interviewed about rumors of pregnancy, de Rossi stated that she and De Generes were not planning to have children.
In February 2012, it was announced that ABC had ordered a pilot for a new drama series The Smart One, one of whose executive producers was listed as Ellen De Generes, and which featured de Rossi in a leading role.
The actress was to star as a "brilliant and successful woman who begrudgingly goes to work for her less-brainy but more popular sister – a former beauty queen, weather girl and now big-city Mayor." Six years after the series was canceled by Fox, filming for a revived fourth season of Arrested Development began on 7 August 2012, and de Rossi reprised her role as Lindsay Bluth Fünke.
During time in the United States, de Rossi worked diligently to drop her Australian accent. From 2007–2008, de Rossi appeared in Nip/Tuck's fifth season as Julia Mc Namara's girlfriend, Olivia Lord.
De Rossi garnered international attention when she joined the main cast of Ally Mc Beal in 1998, playing lawyer Nelle Porter. In 20, de Rossi played the high-strung and controlling Veronica Palmer on the ABC show Better Off Ted.
De Rossi's first significant role was as a young and impressionable model in the Australian 1994 film Sirens. That same year, she portrayed an Australian reporter who inspires a protest against Frank Sinatra during a concert tour in The Night We Called It a Day.
Soon afterward, she moved to Los Angeles and won guest roles on several TV shows and a permanent role in Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher, before landing a part in the film Scream 2. From 2003–06, de Rossi starred as Lindsay Bluth Fünke on Fox Television's Arrested Development. Kennedy, Jr.'s wife, Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, in the made-for-TV movie America's Prince: The John F. In 2005 de Rossi portrayed Zela, a fortune-teller, in the Wes Craven thriller Cursed.
However, she is also known as Portia Lee James De Generes, the spouse of prominent US TV host Ellen De Generes. Her net worth has been estimated by sources at million.