Portia de Rossi Credits Horse with Saving Her Life

11/02/2010 at 02:00 PM EDT

Portia de Rossi Credits Horse with Saving Her Life


Even as a fully grown woman, Portia de Rossi once weighed just 82 lbs. and only consumed 300 calories a day. As she became increasingly famous for her work in shows like Ally McBeal and Arrested Development, but was still struggling to come to terms with her sexual identity, the actress battled anorexia and bulimia.

De Rossi opened up to Oprah Winfrey on the latter's talk show yesterday, discussing her new book, Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain, which chronicles de Rossi's battle to regain her health.

The actress also took the audience on a tour of the 26-acre farm she shares with wife Ellen DeGeneres. "This is where Ellen and I come almost every weekend just to get away from it all," de Rossi says. "It's been the most amazing, relaxing place for us. It's my most favorite place on earth."

The farm is home to de Rossi's horses, which she rides several times a week. She credits one horse, May, which she got in 2001, with helping her through her eating disorder.

"It was really at the height of my illness when I found love with a horse," she says. "When I started riding, I just kind of forgot about counting calories and what I looked like. I wanted energy so I could learn how to ride her and take care of her."

The horse and the actress still share a very special bond, and de Rossi doesn't hesitate to credit the animal for her help. "This horse saved my life," she says. "She definitely turned an insane person into a sane one."

Read more about celebrities and their pets on PEOPLEPets.com:
Richard Gere is the 'Alpha Male' to Rescue Dog Billie
Meet Jenna von Oy's Five Rescue Dogs!

Your Reaction

Follow Us

On Newsstands Now

Lupita Nyong'o: Most Beautiful!
  • Lupita Nyong'o: Most Beautiful!
  • Chelsea Clinton is Pregnant!
  • Exclusive Royal Tour Diary

Pick up your copy on newsstands

Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine

Advertisement

From Our Partners

Watch It

Latest Photos

Stars and Their Pets

Gavin's Pooch Pick-Me-Up

From Our Partners



Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters