Anne Heche asked by director to be less open about dating Ellen DeGeneres, hide sexuality 'like Jodie Foster'

By Ellen James January 25, 2023
Anne Heche asked by director to be less open about dating Ellen DeGeneres, hide sexuality 'like Jodie Foster'

Anne Heche is telling it all.

Ivan Reitman, who was at the time dating Ellen DeGeneres, allegedly requested Anne Heche to hide her sexuality.

In her incomplete posthumous book, "Call Me Anne," which will be released on January 24th, the actor, who went tragically in August in a vehicle accident, detailed the extremely awkward encounter.

DeGeneres and Heche dated from 1997 until 2000. Being one of the first openly gay couples in Hollywood, Heche and Degeneres' relationship was closely covered by the media at the time, which included stories about speculations that the couple was considering starting a family.

According to a memoir excerpt released by People, the news infuriated Reitman and Harrison Ford, who confronted her on the set of the 1998 movie "Six Days, Seven Nights."

"They had seen the evening news," Heche wrote, per People.

"Rumors were reported that Ellen and I were pregnant. Our 'pregnancy' was everywhere. They showed me this as proof of why this openness about my relationship was becoming a pain in the ass for them. Why, Ivan asked me, can't I just be like Jodie Foster?"

Heche claimed she didn't know what Reitman was getting at.

"'Everybody knows it,' he explained, 'it' being her sexuality,'" she added. "She just doesn't talk about it.'"

Reitman passed away last year. He was also the producer of "Animal House" and "Ghostbusters."

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