Sunday, April 3, 2011

Scream of the Day: Portia de Rossi

Scream 2 came out with much hype and fanfare. But there was something interesting in the structure of the film -- a handful of supporting characters were included who had nothing to do with the film. A relatively unknown Australian actress named Portia de Rossi appeared in one of these thankless roles as sorority sister Murphy.

Lois (played by Rebecca Gayheart) and Murphy were minor characters who tried to recruit Sidney for their sorority. Murphy was also uttered the infamous line, "Hi! No, I really mean that, Hi!" and was never seen again after partying the night away while Derek was tied up on the theater stage.

De Rossi, who was mostly known at the time to American audiences for her role on the television show Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher and the Hugh Grant film, Sirens.

As many of the up-and-coming actors from the Scream trilogy have done, Portia has gone on to make a bigger name for herself -- both onscreen and off. Her big break came the following year when she took on the roll of Nelle Porter on the hit show Ally McBeal. It wasn't until joining the Bluth family as part of the cult favorite Arrested Development that the actress really began to gain a following. She re-teamed with her Scream filmmakers when she joined the beleaguered production of the werewolf film Cursed. Portia has found continued success on the small screen with roles in Nip/Tuck and Better Off Ted.

In her personal life, Portia de Rossi is one half of a Hollywood supercouple with Ellen DeGeneres. The two began dating in 2005, forcing the actress to address speculation about her sexuality that began when photos were published of her and an ex-girlfriend. De Rossi has also taken up many charitable causes and has spoken publicly about suffering from anorexia during the early years of her career. Last year, the actress became an author with the publication of her autobiogaphy Unbearable Lightness.

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