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Unlike many actresses, Portia De Rossi did not intentionally seek out an acting career. Instead, she was pursued by it. She was enrolled in law school and well on her way to becoming an attorney in her native Australia when movie stardom beckoned. Local film producer John Duigan asked de Rossi to audition for an independent film he was making. The film turned out to be Sirens, which co-starred Hugh Grant, Sam Neill and Elle MacPherson. She got the part of Giddy, a 16-year-old caught between the notion of being a wild and free siren or being a conventional and sophisticated woman. The film became an international and critical success.

Her other starring role was in the mega-hit Scream 2 as Murphy, a social-climbing sorority girl who, along with Rebecca Gayheart, recruits Neve Campbell's character to join their elite group.

Also for the big screen, de Rossi will soon be seen in several upcoming films, including A Breed Apart with Andrew McCarthy; The Invisibles, a two-person film with Michael Goorjian; American Intellectuals, an ensemble piece about a clique of upper-class kids who experiment with smart drugs; and Girl, a coming-of-age story with Dominique Swain, Summer Phoenix and Sean Patrick Flannery.

For television, de Rossi starred in FOX's Too Something as Maria, a junior account executive at a financial corporation. Most recently, she guest starred on Veronica's Closet and was a series regular on Nick Freno. She lives in Los Angeles.

Bio courtesy Fox (01-Jan-2000)