Anne Heche says her 1997 relationship with Ellen DeGeneres led to Heche being escorted by security from her "Volcano" movie premiere and then fired from a major motion picture deal. https://t.co/3f5FFGF6qh— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) October 6, 2020
This Monday night on Dancing with the Stars, she got blacklisted by Hollywood for her relationship with Ellen. The pair met in 1997 at a Vanity fair party and dated for 3 and a half years. The same year, she starred in the disaster movie "Volcano" produced by 20th Century FOX Studios.
"When I told them I was taking Ellen as my date, I was told if I took Ellen I would lose my Fox contract. At that moment she [Ellen] took my hand and said, 'Do what they say.' I said, 'No thanks."
Heche didn't back down at took Ellen to the premiere.
"I was ushered out by security before the movie even ended, and I was told I was not allowed to go to the afterparty for fear they would get picture of me with a woman."
"It was unbelievable," said Heche. "She [Ellen] was warning me this is going to happen.. The stigma attached to that relationship was so bad that I was fired from my multimillion-dollar picture deal and I did not work in a studio picture for 10 years".
On Tuesday morining during an interview with Good Morning America, when asked if she stood by her decision of making her relationship public knowing the reprucussions, she replied: "Absolutely, I live in love, I live in truth and I stood up for it 10 years ago, 20 years ago and I stand up for this very same thing today."
She also added that she hasn't talked to Ellen in years.
Heche, who does not label her sexuality, perfomed her dance routine on Monday's episode of DWTS in a rainbow colored outfit.
After the dance, Heche proclaimed, "I feel redeemed."
She was eliminated later that night.