Posted by Orhan Bülbül Labels: Portia-de-Rossi
Portia de Rossi is on the cover of People promoting her new book, Unbearable Lightness. We recently heard Portia tell Oprah about the lengths she went to while struggling with anorexia and bulimia, often exercising compulsively to burn off small amounts of food. She claimed to have eaten 300 calories a day while weighing just 82 pounds. It sounds like Portia gives the same information to People for their cover story.
Looking at a photo of herself back when she weighed 82 pounds, Portia de Rossi can now admit she was sick.
“But at the time, I thought, ‘Okay, my arms look awful so I should cover them up, but my legs look pretty okay now,” says the actress, 37. “I didn’t think I was crazy to only eat 300 calories a day. That made perfect sense to me.”
In a new memoir, Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain, de Rossi comes clean about the years she spent battling anorexia and bulimia – after landing her breakthrough role on TV’s Ally McBeal in 1998 – and the pressure she felt to hide the fact that she was gay.
When I saw Portia on Oprah it seemed like she realized how insane she was as an anorexic but that she isn’t ashamed of it and was ready to tell her story. She said that her anorexia was a testament to her willpower at the time, and maybe she credits that same willpower with helping her overcome her disorder. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I understand that Portia has a book to promote. Part of that involves sharing what she went through, but I’m getting wary of some of the coverage and am questioning her motives. Yes she wants to help people struggling with eating disorders, but she also wants to sell books and maybe revitalize her acting career. You can’t blame her I guess.
On a superficial level, Portia looks very smug in the photo they chose for the cover. It just gives the impression that she’s proud of what she achieved as an anorexic, which People surely didn’t intend. Maybe it’s just the over-arched kind of villainous shape of her eyebrows.