I have four projects coming up, all gay roles. People ask if I’m concerned about getting pigeonholed. No one asks, ‘Ellen, you’ve done seven straight roles in a row, shouldn’t you shake it up, do something queer?’ There’s still that double standard. I look at all the things I’ve done in movies, I’ve drugged a guy, tortured someone, become a roller-derby star overnight. But now I’m gay, I can’t play a straight person? OK, cool.
“No, I was curious. What’s that all about?”
“I don’t know her at all. But it just seemed like a nice gesture ‘cause I’m a big fan. No, she’s a wonderful person, a wonderful friend. I asked her permission.”