Dern relives infamous kiss

26 04 2007

Movie star Laura Dern was boycotted by Hollywood for more than a year after she played Ellen DeGeneres’ girlfriend in the gay comedienne’s controversial “coming out” TV episode a decade ago. Dern appeared on DeGeneres’ TV talk show Monday to mark the 10th anniversary of the pop culture moment when Ellen came out of the closet in real life and in her TV sitcom. The couple kissed on the show – and Dern now reveals her part on the controversial TV episode cost her her career for a year. The Jurassic Park star says, “There was certainly a backlash… It was awfully terrifying.” But Dern will never regret appearing on the episode, which she calls “an extraordinary experience and opportunity.”