Anne Heche Says Harrison Ford Was Her ‘Hero’ After She Came Out

Anne Heche calls Harrison Ford her hero
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Anne Heche is speaking out and singing praises for actor Harrison Ford. She details how he stood up for her after coming out and going public with her relationship with Ellen DeGeneres. Anne and Ellen dated from around 1997-2000. She brought Ellen to the movie premiere of Volanco in 1997 and it got people talking.

Many people urged her to keep her relationship a secret but Harrison was not one of them. Anne and Harrison worked together in the film Six Days Seven Nights in 1998. She recalls a conversation that she had with Harrison before she got the role.

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Anne Heche says Harrison Ford is her ‘hero’

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‘SIX DAYS SEVEN NIGHTS,’ from left: Anne Heche, Harrison Ford, 1998, © Buena Vista/courtesy Everett Collection

She said, “I would not have gotten that movie. He called me the day after they said I wasn’t gonna get it, because I took Ellen to the [Volcano] premiere, and Harrison Ford, he was a hero. He said, ‘Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn who you’re sleeping with. We’re gonna make the best romantic comedy there is, and I’ll see ya on the set.’ He’s one of my heroes. He fought a battle for me, and I would be on any desert island with him any day. He’s an extraordinary human being.”

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Unfortunately, not everyone in the industry was as accepting. Her career went downhill after she was confirmed to be dating Ellen. Anne admitted, “I was in a relationship with Ellen DeGeneres for three-and-a-half years and the stigma attached to that relationship was so bad that I was fired from my multi-million dollar picture deal and I did not work in a studio picture for 10 years.”

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‘ELLEN,’ (from left): Ellen DeGeneres, Anne Heche, ‘Hospital’, (Season 5, aired March 4, 1998), 1994-98. © Touchstone Television / Courtesy: Everett Collection

However, things eventually changed and Anne said she is “proud to have been part of a revolution that helped move equality forward.” She still acts on television and in movies and is currently competing on Dancing with the Stars.

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