Anne Heche has opened up about her relationship with Ellen DeGeneres in the late 1990s, saying it negatively affected her movie career.
“In 1997, I met Ellen DeGeneres at the Vanity Fair party, and that was the night that changed my life forever,” Heche told her dancing partner Keo Motsepe on Monday’s episode of “Dancing with the Stars.”
Heche said that leading up to the red-carpet premiere of her 1997 movie “Volcano,” she told executives she would be taking DeGeneres as her guest and the response she got back was: “If I took Ellen, I would lose my Fox contract.”
“At that moment, she took my hand and said, ‘Do what they say,’ and I said, ‘No thanks,'” Heche recalled. “I took Ellen to the premiere, and I was ushered out before the movie even ended and was told I was not allowed to go to my own after-party for fear that they would get pictures of me with a woman.”