"I feel very fortunate," Ellen says. "I feel really, really lucky that I found that connection."
Portia says she knew Ellen was the woman for her the first time they laid eyes on each other. "It took me three years to actually tell her how I felt about her, because I was on Ally McBeal at that time and I was not living as an openly gay person," she says. "I was closeted and very, very afraid that if I talked about being gay it would be the end of my career. So I wasn't about to then date the most famous lesbian in the world."
Eventually, Portia faced her fears head-on."I felt this overwhelming connection with her, and I just didn't want to miss out on that," she says. "The love overcame the fear."
Ellen says before they started dating, she had no idea that Portia had feelings for her. "I didn't know until we got together, when she finally told me how she was feeling."