The Australian actress started out on legal drama series Ally McBeal with the role of Nelle Porter, and later appeared on shows like Arrested Development, Nip/Tuck and Scandal.
While being interviewed by her wife on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday, she disclosed she had retired from acting.
“You aren’t a big fan of doing press and talk shows, so thank you for being here,” Ellen told her spouse of nearly 10 years. “She really doesn’t. That’s why she actually quit acting. She decided you didn’t want to do anything more with acting and got off of Scandal.”
Portia then explained, she made the decision when Shonda Rhimes cut her character from TV thriller series Scandal, about a year and a half ago.
“I was approaching 45 and I was just wondering was there something that I could tackle now that I’ve never done before that would be very challenging and different. I kind of knew what acting would look like for me for the next 10, 20 years, so I decided to quit and start a business,” the star shared
Portia is now focusing on developing her personal business, an art venture named General Public where she collaborates with artists to create their original works as Synographs and sells them online direct to consumers.