Ten years after
they kissed on the Ellen show, Ellen DeGeneres
and Laura Dern reunited Monday on DeGeneres's syndicated
talk show to reflect back on the smooch and its aftermath.
made pop-culture history in 1997 by coming out of the
closet in real life while her sitcom character did likewise.
In her character's coming-out episode, Dern shared a
smooch with the comedian during a guest stint on the
ABC series as a lesbian love interest.
recounted Monday how she couldn't get an acting job for more
than a year afterward. ''There was certainly backlash, I
guess, [that] we all felt from it,'' she told
DeGeneres, who said she was sorry and ''had no idea''
that Dern was snubbed in Hollywood.
Not getting work
felt ''awfully terrifying,'' recalled Dern, who said
she's grateful for the ''extraordinary experience and
opportunity'' to be a part of the groundbreaking
episode, which also guest-starred Oprah Winfrey, Demi
Moore, and Melissa Etheridge. (AP)