Laura Dern Says She Lost Work And Her Life Was In Danger After She Played Ellen DeGeneres’ Lover In 90s Sitcom

Date December 5, 2019 18:52

Award-winning actress Laura Dern is opening up about how she lost work and the danger she faced after acting the role of Ellen DeGeneres’ lover in a 90s sitcom.

Laura Dern actress

Dern is a film and TV star born in Los Angeles to parents who are both actors. She made her debut as an actress in her mother's film White Lightning. She went on to star in hit films Mask, Blue Velvet, and Wild at Heart which made her famous.

Laura is a recipient of many awards including four Golden Globe, One Emmy Award and several nominations. The actress is also an activist and supporter of various charities.

Laura Dern & Ellen DeGeneres

More than two decades ago, Laura played the role of Ellen DeGeneres’s lover Susan in the sitcom Ellen. On that episode which the actress guest-starred in Ellen publicly came out both on-screen and in real life.

After playing the role back in 1997, Laura revealed in an interview that she did not work for more than a year as a result of backlash for her appearance in that episode. Nevertheless, she described the experience as an incredible honor.

The actress went on to explain that her life was in danger saying:

And then the calls started coming in once I’d said yes, from a couple of advisers in Hollywood who were out gay men, [telling me] to not do it. The first time I became aware was, cops swarmed the set and the stage while we were rehearsing.

They’re like, there’s been a bomb threat, we’re sweeping the stage. We only did it for what, ten days? We all spent the next couple of years really struggling in work and safety. It was radical to experience that.

Meanwhile, 20 years after the episode aired Ellen is very grafeful to Laura. The TV presenter during an episode of her show, expressed gratitude to Dern for standing by her during that period in her life. Ellen coming out seems to have been a change agent as she made subsequent celebrities who came out less anxious.

Though the role of Ellen DeGeneres’ love interest came at a cost for Laura, she is prous to have been a part of it.

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